NBI Clearance Online Application (Made Easier for Us from the Southside): A Step by Step Guide

Finally, getting an NBI Clearance is easier for us who’re coming from the southern part of Cebu.

GREAT NEWS! They now have an NBI Satellite Clearance Center stationed in Naga City, Cebu.

Here’s a brief background of Naga:

Naga City, nicknamed The Industrial Hub of Southern Cebu[1] (credits to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naga,_Cebu) is home to huge cement manufacturing companies like Taiheiyo and Apo Cement Philippines, and not to mention, power plants. It is situated right next to San Fernando, if you’re coming from the Carcar City, Argao or Alcoy.


The process of getting an NBI clearance has improved over time. Aside from avoiding the long queue and going to the main NBI agency in Escario in Cebu City, one can save time with a few extra bucks on top of the  P115 processing fee.

BEFORE, here are the  6 STEPS (not to mention the ridiculous queue starting 4AM or even earlier):

1. Fill up form
2. Data Check
3. Payment
4. Encoding
5. Photo and Fingerprint Scanning
6. Clearance printing

TODAY, you’ll finish it in 3 STEPS only…minus the queue. But FIRST, accomplish the online registration in the comforts of your home.


Here’s a DETAILED guide how to apply for NBI Clearance the quick way.

  1. Visit NBI’s website. https://www.nbi-clearance.com/ to fill out the online registration. Here’s how the interface should look:




Select NEW if it’s your first time and if your last clearance was between 2014-2015.

In my case, we were renewing. My clearance expired February 9 of this year. I selected RENEW. After that, the image below shows up asking for my NBI ID Number.



Where can you find the NBI ID NUMBER? See below sample:


RENEWING APPLICANT window shows next. See below:

5Provide accurate information since the details are necessary for your application.

Note the encircled reminder. It says (Enter valid email only. Confirmation is required.) Put in your email and password of your choice. REMEMBER your password. You’d need it to log in to your own NBI profile.

Tick on I ACCEPT TERMS OF SERVICE and click AGREE on the pop-up. Then, click SIGN IN.

I opened my email and I clicked ACTIVATE ACCOUNT for me to confirm my registration.


I logged on using the credentials I created. We’ll go right back to this page.

1Once logged on, click APPLY FOR CLEARANCE. You can see that on the right pane. Confirmation page will pop up.

**Note: Bring the document for verification.

In my case, I used my SSS/ UMID as my valid verification ID. I’m still going to use the same. Unless you want to present another ID, provide the ID number.


Below page will show up. READ carefully as it is an important reminder. You’d need to present a REGISTRATION code or reference number after choosing the payment option.


See below completely fill out form. Naga City- Cebu Branch is nearest me, so I chose it. Click on the drop-down arrow or type your city/province and you’ll find the different NBI Branches that there are in your area.

Select your appointment schedule when you’d pick up the clearance or have it delivered by clicking any of those small blue rectangles. I chose March 17. It will reflect on the right portion as a summary of your selection.


Select your payment option. I selected BAYAD CENTER for convenience. LBC and other Bayad Centers, like mushrooms, are everywhere where I live. See below for other payment options.


After your select your payment, Payment Confirmation page will show up next.


Read another few reminders.Below shows you a breakdown of the fees. There’s a P25 e-payment service charge on top of the P115. (REMEMBER: local employment only, other particulars may differ) Then, PROCEED.


Proceed to PAYMENT.

Take note of the Reference Number. Therefore, I will pay LBC/ Bayad Center P140 (P115+ P25)



You can do all of that ONLINE.

**On our first visit, there was an internet café nearby. One guy is making additional income by doing the registration himself. He lets you write your details on a piece of paper. He asks for P25 per customer. Then, he gives you your registration code.You may do it on your own and avoid the outrageous fee. Completely fill out the online form and be mindful of the dates you provide, especially your date of birth and email address. A confirmation message will be sent to your email. Once done, click SUBMIT. Take note of the registration code.

Present the valid ID that matches to the one in your NBI Profile for verification and the registration code/reference number.


The guard-on-duty will let you stand in line and direct you to which window to present the valid ID and code. I suggest you bring 2 government issued IDs.

For over-the-counter payments, pay the cashier of the processing fee upon presenting your valid ID and registration code. As far as I know, in the last 10 years I’ve been employed locally, the fee hasn’t changed.

The processing fee is 115 pesos. However, applying for clearance online and chosing other payment channels, there’s an extra service charge. Therefore, I have to pay P140. Nevertheless, I avoided the queue and saved time and effort. 

Here’s a list of IDs you can present:

  • Voter’s ID
  • Postal ID
  • TIN ID
  • Driver’s License
  • Valid passport
  • PRC License
  • School ID
  • Philhealth ID
  • Alien Certification of Registration
  • Senior Citizen ID


One payment is done, you will be asked to wait for your photo to be taken.

2.Photo and Fingerprint Scanning
3. Clearance printing

‘NO HIT’ means you can get your NBI Clearance right away at the window right outside the station. Wait for your name to be called.

Applicants that are ‘HIT’ will be asked to come back after a week to claim their clearance. The clerk will provide you a receipt and a number to contact.

I got mine on the spot. As for my brother, he got ‘HIT’ so he needed to wait for a week. He did get his after a week. His NBI clearance was needed for his passport application.



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