OBTAINING A NATIONAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (NBI) CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE FROM OUTSIDE THE PHILIPPINES
I. FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS, THOSE WHO NO LONGER HAVE THEIR OLD NBI CLEARANCE CERTIFICATES, or THOSE WHO HAVE NBI CLEARANCE CERTIFICATES ISSUED BEFORE 2014
- Applicant should prepare two colored ID photos with white background (sized 2" x 2", must be taken not more than 3 months before date of application), photocopy of valid passport and government-issued identification card/s. Affix one of the ID photos onto the space provided on the NBI Form No. 5;
- Accomplish the form and have fingerprint impressions (rolled) taken. Applicant may have themselves fingerprinted at the Embassy or at their local police station/ RCMP detachment/ accredited fingerprinting agency. The official who assists applicant in taking the rolled fingerprint impressions must also sign and write down their name and designation on the space provided in the NBI clearance application form;
- The fingerprinted and police-signed form should then be sent back to the Embassy for verification. If sending it back to the Embassy by mail, enclose payment of CAD 36.25 in postal money order payable to Philippine Embassy and a prepaid self-addressed envelope (such as Xpresspost Regional or National, depending on applicant’s province of residence in Canada). The Embassy will verify the form and send it back to the applicant using the self-addressed envelope.
- Register online at https://clearance.nbi.gov.ph/. New applicants are required to sign up and to sign in to apply for a clearance. Take note of the reference number that will appear onscreen after registering as this will serve as the NBI’s code in the retrieval of the applicant’s data and status of application.
The applicant needs to send the Embassy-verified NBI Form and the other requirements (extra ID photos and copies of passport & ID’s) to their representative in the Philippines to apply for the NBI clearance certificate on applicant’s behalf at the NBI Main Office in Manila. The applicant must provide an authorization letter for their representative to apply on applicant's behalf. The applicant's NBI clearance certificate will be released to their representative, who will then have to send it to the applicant abroad.