How to Apply for an NBI Clearance in Cebu


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Adulting For Idiots: How to Apply for NBI Clearance in Cebu

If you’re a fresh graduate applying for jobs, you would soon realize that you need an NBI clearance to process your employment papers. It seems like you’re really adulting when you start processing your own documents such as your NBI clearance.

Intimidating? Don’t worry. Getting an NBI clearance is actually easier than you think!

What is an NBI Clearance

An NBI clearance serves as an assurance that you don’t have any criminal cases filed against you. This is why it’s essential when you’re applying for jobs, starting a business, or planning to study abroad.

The good news is that most of the process of applying for an NBI clearance is now done online. You can try going to the NBI branches and they’ll still ask you to process it online so might as well do this at home or any cafe with wi-fi access!

Cebu NBI Clearance: Easy Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Set up an account in the NBI clearance website.

  2. Present an ID 

  3. Choose an NBI branch and appointment date

  4. Choose a payment method

  5. Go to the NBI branch on your appointment date

  6. Claim your NBI clearance

STEP 1: Set up an account on the NBI Clearance website.

Go to and set up your account. It should look like this:

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You’ll then be asked to fill up this information form, in a page that looks like this: (fill up form).jpg

STEP 2: Present ID

To ensure your identity, you’ll be asked to upload a photo of a valid ID. You will have to bring the same ID once you claim your NBI clearance. You can choose among the following valid IDs:

  • Driver’s License


  • Voter’s ID

  • SSS ID

  • Tax Identification Number (TIN) ID

  • PhilHealth

  • Passport

  • PRC License

  • Postal ID

  • School ID

  • Alien Certificate of Registration

  • NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate

  • Senior Citizen Card

  • Copy of Previous NBI Clearance

STEP 3: Choose an NBI branch & Appointment Date

You’ll get to pick which NBI branch is more convenient for you and what date you can get your NBI clearance.  You can choose among the following branches here in Cebu:

  •  Paseo Arcenas in Banawa, Cebu City

  • Robinsons Galleria Cebu in Cebu City

  • J Center Mall in Mandaue City

  • Enan Chiong Activity Center in Naga City

  • Old Municipal Hall of Bogo City

  • Shopwise Mambaling in Brgy. Mambaling, Cebu City

  • Insular Square Mall (North Highway, Basak, Mandaue City

  • Robinsons Cybergate Cebu Mall, Cebu City

  • Island Central Mall, Lapu-Lapu City

  • Sands Gateway Arcade, Danao City

The page will then provide a calendar that tells you how many slots are available in each date so you can choose which dates would have less people.

I personally went to the Paseo Arcenas branch in Banawa to claim mine and it went easy. They didn’t have confusing lines and the staff was quite friendly.

STEP 4: Choose Payment Method

Since the process is mostly online you can also pay online. But if that’s not convenient or available to you, you can choose to pay through a bank, bayad center, or 7eleven. Here are some of the payment methods available:

  • Bank over-the-counter

  • Online Banking

  • Mobile (G-cash)

  • 7-Eleven

  • Bayad centers: Cebuana Lhuillier, SM Savemore, LBC)

The NBI clearance now costs Php 150 but there might be an additional agency fee depending on the payment method you chose.

Once you’ve paid, make sure to keep your receipt.

STEP 5: Go to the NBI branch on your appointment date

Present your receipt to the NBI branch and they’ll give you a priority number. You’ll have your photo and fingerprints taken at the booth.

If you’re lucky, you can claim your NBI clearance on the day.  However, getting a hit is quite common.

If you do get a “hit” you can come back after 2 weeks to claim your NBI clearance. If you’re not available any other date,  you can ask them to deliver it to you for an additional fee.

Your NBI clearance should look something like this:

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