How to Get An NBI (NATIONAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION) Clearance New and Renewal
THE PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN SYDNEY PROVIDES THE NBI FORM, ASSISTS WITH FINGERPRINTING AND A CONSULAR OFFICIAL SIGNS THE FORM. THE CONSULATE DOES NOT PROCESS OR ISSUE THE CLEARANCE. THE PROCEDURE BELOW IS FOR THE ABOVE SERVICE AND NOT FOR THE ACTUAL NBI CLEARANCE.
THIS SERVICE IS BY APPOINTMENT. PLEASE READ THE PROCEDURE FIRST PRIOR TO BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT.
Applicants for NBI Clearance who are living in Australia (Filipino or foreign nationals) may secure the NBI Clearance Application (NBI Fingerprint Card Form No. 5) and have their fingerprint impressions taken at the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney by appointment at https://bookpcgsydney.timetap.com/#/
FOR NEW / FIRST TIME APPLICANTS
What are the requirements?
Filled-out NBI Fingerprint Card which may be secured from the Embassy’s Notarial Unit.
- Passport and photocopy of passport data page;
One 2x2 photo -full front view/white background (photographs in white background, taken within the last 3 months prior to the application).
- Processing fee of AU$45 payable in cash or postal money order made payable to the Philippine Consulate General
What is the procedure in applying for NBI Clearance at the Consulate
Book an appointment for NBI Clearance:https://bookpcgsydney.timetap.com/#/
Be at the Consulate on time or 10 minutes before to avoid any waiting time.
On the day of appointment, submit the requirements at Notarial Section's Window
Fill-out the barcoded NBI Fingerprint Card (Form 5). to be provided by the Consulate.
Pay the processing fee of AUD 45.00 at the cashier. At present, the Consulate only accepts cash. EFTPOS and credit cards are not accepted.
Consulate consular assistant will assist you in fingerprinting the NBI Clearance Form.
After fingerprinting, The processed NBI Fingerprint Card and its supporting documents will be released to the applicant on the same day.
FOR APPLICANTS FOR RENEWAL OF NBI CLEARANCE
Applicants who were previously issued NBI Clearance Certificates from 2017 to present may now renew their NBI Clearance Certificate without the need of accomplishing a new NBI Fingerprint Card (in Consulate), provided that their is no change in the applicant’s personal information as indicated in his/her latest NBI Clearance Certificate.
On the other hand, for Clearance Certificates issued prior to 2017, the application will be treated as new, hence, will follow the requirements and procedure of application for New/First Time Applicants How do I apply for the renewal of my NBI Clearance if there is no change in my personal information?
Submit to the NBI your latest Clearance Certificate (issued from 2017 onwards) together with the amount of Php 200.00, a 2x2 (inches) in photograph with white background (taken within the last 3 months prior to the application), and a photocopy of your valid passport data page.
If above documents will be submitted by a representative, a Letter of Authorization is also required indicating "to file and collect" on it and a copy of your valid Philippine passport.
If I have a NBI Clearance Certificate that was issued after 2017 but there is a change in my Surname, can I just mail my latest NBI Clearance Certificate and supporting documents directly to NBI?
No. If there is a change in the personal information of the applicant, he/she should follow the requirements and procedure for New/First-Time applicants and submit also his/her latest NBI Clearance Certificate and supporting documents (Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate) as proof of the changes to be applied.
There are 2 ways to submit the NBI Clearance Application Form:
The applicant sends the NBI Fingerprint Card, copies of valid identification documents (Philippine Passport), and the processing fee of Php 200.00 or its U.S. dollar equivalent directly to: Mailed Clearance Section.
National Bureau of Investigation
Mailed Clearance Section
3rd Floor, NBI Clearance Building
UN Avenue, Ermita, ManilaPhilippine 1000
- NBI Manila will mail corresponding clearance certificate after it has processed the application papers.
- Processing of application normally takes a maximum of five (5) days excluding days of transit.
The applicant sends the NBI Fingerprint Card, copies of valid identification documents, and Letter of Authorization indicating "to file and collect", together with his/her valid Philippine passport as well as the payment for the processing fee to his/her representative. Before proceeding to the NBI Mailed Clearance Section, the representative must register online at https://clearance.nbi.gov.ph/. He/She is required to sign-up and sign-in to apply for clearance, select NBI Main Clearance Center as the preferred NBI Site, and select a payment channel to complete the transaction. A Reference Number will appear in the computer screen. The representative should copy the Reference Number, which will serve as the NBI’s code in the retrieval of applicant’s data and status of application, at the upper portion of the Fingerprint Card. The Reference Number will also be presented during payment. After payment, the representative may already proceed to the NBI Mailed Clearance Section.
Note: Applications from abroad are processed only at the NBI Main Office.
The NBI Processing fee corresponds to the Clearance fee (Php 130.00) and mailing cost (Php 70.00).
Processing of the application will take a maximum of five (5) days upon receipt of documents. The NBI will send the Clearance Certificate to the applicant’s address by air mail.
Upon receipt of the new NBI Clearance Certificate, examine it for the presence of embossed NBI dry-seal. Applicant should affix his/her right thumb print on the space provided for in the Clearance Certificate before submitting the same to the end-user.
Should you have further questions regarding the direct mailing of applications to NBI, you may email the NBI Mailed Clearance Section at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at +63 2 85238231 local 5465.
Cannot travel to Sydney? Not from NSW?
Those in NSW but far from Sydney may apply by mail. Those from other states, please check our ABOUT page for the contact of the other missions/consulates.
1. Make a letter request of NBI Fingerprinting form from the Consulate, and also send the Consulate an AUSPOST self addressed stamped envelope (put it inside of your mail, this will be used for sending the blank NBI Fingerprinting Form back to you).
Philippine Center, Level 1
27-33 Wentworth Avenue Sydney,
NSW 2000 Australia
2. After you received the Blank NBI Fingerprinting Form.
3. Go to the nearest Police station to have your fingerprint taken. (They should put a note or initial that you accomplished the fingerprinting in-front of them).
4. Send the accomplished NBI form to the Consulate (same address above) with the ff:
- Processing fee of $45 in postal money order
- Self addressed stamped envelope.
- Proof of nationality (copy of VALID passport )
5. The Consular officer will sign the NBI form and will be mailed back to the applicant.
6. Send the NBI fingerprinted form to NBI Manila.