UPDATE 31 Jan 2013: Hi, since I don’t work with the NBI, I won’t be able to answer all of your questions regarding the NBI e-Clearance. As such, you can just call the following numbers for your inquiries:
NBI Clearance Office Hotline
Direct line: 526-12-94
Trunkline: 523-82-31 local 5499
Yeah, you read the title right – there is a way to get your NBI Clearance fast and easy, at least when compared to the long lines at most clearance centers scattered across Metro Manila. I only spent a total of around an hour in line by using the NBI’s new e-Clearance system, which allowed me to pay for the clearance beforehand and made me skip a couple of lines at their main clearance center along U.N. Avenue.
Here’s how I did it:
- Following the instructions on the NBI website, I first went to the Globe branch located at Shangri-la Mall (it was the closest to the office) and paid P115 pesos for the clearance via G-Cash on January 30. I kept the transaction receipt, making sure that the reference number plus the time and date of the transaction were on it; I had to ask the guy at the counter to write out the time of the transaction, as it wasn’t on the receipt.
- When I got home around 9 PM, I immediately logged on the NBI Clearance site and filled up the details on the right part of the screen, as seen in this picture:
- After pressing the validate button, I had to get the confirmation number that was emailed to me and filled up the other blanks for data to complete my registration. It’s important that you have a working email address or you won’t be able to use this site, since your username is your email address.
- Now that you have an account, you should be able to see this screen (minus the blacked-out portions, personal info):
- Click on the green Print button, and you’ll go to a webpage with a QR code and some other information. You must print out that webpage on white bond paper because they won’t allow you to line up the e-Clearance lane without it. You can now log out of the site, and you can now use the same site if you need another clearance by pressing Add New Reference No.
- You can now send a text message to book an appointment at the e-Clearance lane by sending the following to 09175698054:
BOOK<space>Ref#<space>location<space>MMDDYYYY<space>HHMM<space>NameExample: BOOK AAAABT9 NCR 02012012 0800 Juan Dela CruzI booked mine for February 1, Wednesday, 8 AM. You will receive a text message confirmation for the booking. If at first you sent a previous date (I accidentally sent a text for January 2 or 01022012, because I switched the month and date numbers), you will get an error message and will have to file again.
- Armed with another valid ID (my passport) and the print-out, I headed to the NBI Clearance Center along U.N. Avenue on the morning of February 1. It’s beside the WHO building; from Cubao all I rode was the Taft-NBI-PGH jeep and got off at the corner of U.N. Avenue and Taft. When I saw the crowd I knew it was the place; I just walked up to the gate, showed the guys there my print-out, and went inside.Despite it being my first time inside, I didn’t get lost. I merely followed the arrows to get inside the building and ran up to the fourth floor. There was only a short line – I even sat down, since there were 5 monoblock chairs against the wall under a sign that said “e-Clearance lane,” and there were just 4 of us applicants. After a few minutes, we were called in; they just got a picture, our fingerprints and cross-checked the data against the valid ID. Then they gave each of us a receipt.
- Since the other guys didn’t have any problems, they were able to go straight back to the first floor for releasing. However, I was advised to go back for releasing on February 6 (probably because of someone having the same name or something) and was told to keep the receipt for claiming.
- So on February 6, I went back around 8 AM and went straight to the releasing area at the far end of the first floor. There was a longer line – longer, compared to the e-Clearance lane, with around 30 people – but after around 20 minutes, I just showed my receipt and got my NBI Clearance, fresh off the printer.
So that was just it – for more information, you can check out the NBI Online Clearance Application guide here. If you want to avoid the long lines for just verifying information and payment, just use the NBI e-Clearance system. I won’t claim any responsibility for the e-Clearance lane line getting longer after I publish this post since you all tried it out, though!