How to Renew NBI Clearance in the Philippines from Abroad

Living overseas for several years has kept me from thinking on how to renew NBI Clearance in the Philippines. I knew how to get the clearance if I’ll need it again.

But the process changed and confused OFWs, including myself. Recently, my sibling helped a friend in Canada to get an NBI clearance in the Philippines.

I’m grateful for my sibling for spending precious time to help me and others. So to pay it forward to Filipinos back home, like my sibling, I decided to write about NBI Clearance application.

NOTE from National Bureau of Investigation (NBI):
Effective December 27, 2016. The NBI Clearance Processing will strictly implement the “NO APPOINTMENT NO ENTRY” POLICY for NBI clearance applicants. No appointment will be available on the same day of application.

You’ll know about the details of the policy later.

How to Renew NBI Clearance in the Philippines

This post is for OFWs working abroad including Canada. I divided the steps based on location to make the process easy to follow.

1. Steps for OFWs Abroad

1.1. Get an NBI Fingerprint Card Form No. 5 in the Philippines OR in Philippine Embassy or Consulate.

  • You can ask an authorized representative to get an NBI card form at the the NBI in UN, Ermita. The form can then be mailed to you overseas or you can ask a balikbayan to bring it for you. Once you receive the form, you can go to a fingerprinting service in your area for the rolled impression of fingerprint.
  • If you choose to get an NBI Fingerprint Card Form in a Philippine Embassy or Consulate, you’ll pay for the fingerprinting service. The fee is C$33.75 in Canada.

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1.2. Attach a 2×2 photograph with white background (taken within three months prior to application).

1.3. Send the accomplished form with photograph and authorization letter to your representative in the Philippines.

2. Steps for Authorized Representative in the Philippines

You’ve seen the reminder earlier about the “NO APPOINTMENT NO ENTRY” POLICY for NBI clearance applicants.

The policy will require more work for your authorized representative; with your help, the NBI Clearance online application wouldn’t take much time.

2.1. Register for an NBI Clearance online appointment. YOU or your authorized representative can make an appointment. But I think, the OFW should schedule the appointment because an email is required to complete the process.

Renew NBI Clearance in the Philippines

Note: If you have an old NBI Clearance taken between the year 2014-2016, you have to enter the OLD NBI ID NUMBER. Otherwise, you have to register as new account.

2.2. Choose the schedule and NBI branch. The ONLY branch that accepts authorized applicants is at NBI Clearance Center in United Nations Ave., Ermita. After making an appointment, print the documents for the application at the center.

2.3. Pay the fee (Php140.00) in the bayad center using the Reference Number. The fee includes the courier service if you prefer to have the NBI Clearance deliver to an address.

2.4. Submit the NBI Clearance application at the center on time. The authorized representative should bring his ID and authorization letter.

2.5. Keep the receipt or any documents for record keeping and reference.

2.6. Send the NBI Clearance through a courier service in the Philippines. (Eg. The cost of sending a document from Manila to Canada is Php1,400.00 through DHL.)

The process of getting an NBI Clearance in the Philippines depends on how efficient is the communication between the authorized representative and the YOU.

The trick is for the OFW to complete the NBI Clearance requirements ahead of time.

Allow at least one month for the entire process to be completed because setbacks can happen or not. It’s best to stay on the safe side, relax, and not panicking.

NBI Contact Information in Manila

NBI Clearance Center
Address: United Nations Avenue, Ermita Manila, Philippines 1000
Telephone: (523) 82-31 to 38 local 5523
Telephone: (526) 12-94
Call or Text 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
(0917) 999-94-21 / (0920) 412-99-99 / (0999) 569-99-64
Website: National Bureau of Investigation

NBI Clearance Delivery
Call or Text (0927) 047-58-71

Final Thoughts

Wherever you are living abroad, the process of getting or renewing the NBI Clearance is the same for the most part.

TIME is the one thing that is spent differently.

So will you get the requirements as early as possible or will you wait till the last minute and stress yourself and the people involve in the process. I say DO it early. I know you’re with me. Right?

This just doesn’t apply to NBI Clearance; it goes with all documents most importantly is the Philippine passport. I’ll update this post with every tips I can glean from my family and possibly from you.

Where are you from applying for NBI Clearance? How did the new policy affects your application?

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