Okay, before I get to the steps in getting your NBI clearance, I would just like to vent my frustrations. The current system needs to be OVERHAULED! ARGH! Anyway, going back to the topic, I will provide another "guide" for getting your NBI clearance if you are a new applicant.
Things to bring:
- Any valid ID or NSO-Authenticated Birth Certificate
- Php115 for Local Employment/Travel Abroad, Php165 for Licenses
Where to go:
The NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) Office is located along J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City, right in front of Victoria Plaza. You can't miss it.
What to do:
1. Get an NBI Clearance Form from the "main desk". Upon entering the gate, walk straight and make your way through the crowd of people until you come to a desk where (usually) two people are seated. Ask them for a form. You will be asked to present any valid ID or your NSO-Authenticated Birth Certificate.
2. Fill up this form. Make sure you fill up all required details correctly, otherwise, you will be delayed later on.
3. After filling up, you will need to place ALL your fingerprints on the form - both left and right hand fingers. If you're lucky, you will not have to fall in line and just head directly to the right side of the gate where NBI staff will aid you in the fingerprinting process. If you're unlucky, you will need to wait in line for your turn.
4. After fingerprinting, line up to pay to the cashier. In your form, you have to indicate your purpose because this will determine the amount you are expected to pay. Be advised, however, that there are times when the cashier will not accept payments right away so you will have to wait IN LINE for your batch to be called.
Also, when you pay, you will not get any receipt yet. The receipt will be given after having your picture taken.
5. Okay, this is where the actual test of patience will begin - picture-taking. After paying, immediately look for a rather comfortable place for you to wait in because you will be waiting for some time. There's a television in the waiting area but you can barely hear it amidst the loudspeaker and the chatters. :D
6. Wait for your name to be called. When you're called, proceed to Window 5 (last window to your left), sit down immediately for the picture-taking and don't forget to get your receipt.
7. After having your picture taken, you will have to wait again for your name to be called in the Releasing Window (Window 4). When you are called, show your receipt and claim your NBI Clearance. Congratulations!*
*There are times when your name will generate a "HIT" on their records. This means that you or someone with the same name as you has a case. If you are called and told to come back in 10 working days, that means your name generated a hit and they have to look around for your records... Bad luck.
Estimated Processing Time: 3-6 hours in the same day or in two days
1. FILL UP THE FORM CORRECTLY because this is where they will base what will appear on your result/clearance. If you find any discrepancies in your clearance, they will look at the form you submitted and if they find that it was your mistake, you will have to pay again for reprinting. If it's their mistake, they do it for free.
2. In case of brownouts (usually in the afternoon) and you have already paid, come back early the next day and GO DIRECTLY to Window 5. You will be prioritized because you have already paid.
3. When a couple of hours pass and you notice you still haven't been called for picture-taking or getting your results, go to Window 4/5 and ASK. Don't continue to wait around because you might never be called. Chances are your records have been placed somewhere in the bottom because of the piles of clearance applications coming in.
4. Don't chew gum or eat anything while having your picture taken.
5. Don't bring a kid, for crying out loud. Have pity on the child.
Okay, so those are the steps in getting your NBI Clearance. I don't know if it's just me but I don't think getting a mere piece of paper is worth all that wait. They seriously need to re-evaluate their system because I think that getting your NBI Clearance should be faster. Hello, it's the "National Bureau of Investigation", I think they should "investigate" what's wrong with their system. Seriously.