Where to get nbi clearance fast

As you read this, I guess you’re finding an NBI Clearance Center which has a fast approach in terms of processing their clearances. Well, to be honest, I am a type of person who research first before going to a place that I wanted to go, of course to prevent any inconveniences. It’s a fact that when you get an NBI Clearance as of the moment, you need to wait for too long just to be served at the lines. Since the NBI has a new system for processing the clearances, expect a very long line of people that usually starts around 4 am in some areas like Robinson’s Galleria or Metro East (some lines even start  at 1 am). For people like us, we don’t want that to happen to us right? So I researched for a Clearance Center with few people coming in and also fast in terms of processing (  like a computer =)   ). But before that let me take you to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s).

1. Q: I already have an NBI Clearance before, and I need to RENEW only. Is the process the same?

A. NO. There’s a NEW system in place and there’s NO renewal. Same process goes for a first time applicant and a person who had a clearance before.

2. Q: Are satellite offices at Robinson’s malls open during Saturdays?

A. NO, as of posting of this page.  But if someone reported that it is, I’ll post it here.

3. Q: If I had a HIT, how long do I need to wait?

A. Well, it depends. Some get it the day after, or a couple of days after, like 7 days. It really varies according to some people who experienced it. I also read that some waited for over a month. The best thing is to ask the personnel in charge. So just pray that you don’t have a hit. =)

4. Q: If I had a HIT, how long do I need to wait?

A: My brother went back at the same office where he had a hit list, but for some, they were instructed to go the NBI Main Office.

5. Q: What time is the office hours at Robinson’s satellite offices?

A: Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm


So where to go since the lines are very long? 

I just searched this Robinson’s Otis at Paco, Manila which was the answer to people who don’t like the idea of staying for almost half a day just to get their clearances. The NBI Clearance Center at Robinson’s Otis is located at 2nd Floor.

You can reach Robinsons Otis from U.N. Avenue, which is located near United Nations LRT Station. That will be your landmark. UN Avenue is also a few steps from Luneta so I think as long as you’re a Filipino, going there won’t be a problem. There’s a tricycle station at the corner of U.N. Avenue. The fare is 10 pesos only, and please DON’T RIDE on those pedicabs since the drivers will charge you P60.00 which will be inconvenient for you if you came from a far away place. Tricycles will not depart until they reach a certain number of passengers. The travel is really straightforward since there are no turns to be made. Just always look at the right side of the road for you to see Robinson’s Otis. I used Google Maps and my GPS powered phone so locating it wasn’t a hassle for me. Here’s the photo for easier understanding:


Based on my personal experience, I arrived at Robinson’s Otis at around 8:30 am, which is not a good idea if you’re planning to go to Robinson’s Galleria since someone said that if you go there at 8:00 am, don’t expect that you will be included in the daily limit of 500 persons. To my surprise, I was the 200th person waiting at Robinson’s Otis. Thanks to God. Maybe 200 for you guys is quite long still, but its’s better than 600 and be served tomorrow. Hahaha!

Inside the premises, they asked us to fill up the form below:



For the purpose of your clearance, don’t put “WORK” only because it’s unclear. Either put LOCAL EMPLOYMENT or WORK ABROAD. The catch is, just be specific. They also have the list of the purposes at the cashier for your reference if you don’t know what to write on the purpose field of the form.

You need to bring two valid ID’s, and a government-issued ID is more preferable. School ID is also accepted as long as it’s not expired. In my case, they didn’t check my ID, but always bring your ID’s to be sure. You should write the name of your ID, and its number.

After filling up the form, there are two steps, first is to pay P115.00 if it’s for local employment. Next, an nbi personnel encoded my data into the system. Then, I lined up for the Biometrics machine to include my photo and my fingerprints. The longest wait time is to fall in line for the payment which took me around 2 hours, so it’s around 10:30 when I payed for the clearance. It took an hour of waiting in the line before I got served by the encoder. For the Biometrics, I just waited for 15 minutes.

I got my NBI Clearance 2 minutes after my Biometrics data was captured so I’m a bit surprised because I’m expecting that I would still wait for a couple of minutes before I can get one and go home. In total, I stayed at Robinson’s Otis for about 3 and a half hours which is not bad since I went there at 8:30 am.

Inside the premises:





Note: Information contained herein are based from the author’s experiences and facts from the internet and is only updated as of posting. The author is not affiliated with NBI nor any government agencies. Use this data at your own risk. For more information, visit the official NBI website:  www.nbi.gov.ph


143 responses to “Where to get nbi clearance fast

  1. vjon! i got my NBI clearance at the main office near UN ave station I went there around 10:30 – 11:00am then I’ve receive mine around 4:30 in the afternoon. – not bad for a late comer like me. =)

    • wala pong number dun na binibigay. Tanong mo lang po sa guard kung san yung dulo ng pila. Mga 7 am maganda pumunta dun. Tandaan mo din kung sino yung nasa harapan at likuran mo para di ka masingitan. =)

      • meron pong #, sa guard po kukunin, kaso 10am pa magbbukas, pero qng gusto mo maunauna sa #, pumunta ka ng mga 4-5am

  2. pumunta ako kanina sa UN avenue branch, 7:30am nandun na ako nakapila na, natapos ako 12:30pm. haba ng pila. pinabalik ako ng may 17,2012

  3. magaling tlaga s otis. mabilis at d gaanong toxic an pila..pumunta ako dun nung may 8 around 10:30 natapos ko ng 3pm… ya lang may hits ako ya after 2 wiks ko p makukuha

  4. Ive Been to Robinson Otis Manila( Past 3pm)last may23. There were no long queues. I was the third client on line. Guess I had my clearance 15minutes less. Thanks for the tip.

    • As far as I know, they are open on Saturdays BEFORE. But during the time that I wrote this blog, they are closed on Saturdays. I’ll check with them next week…

  5. hi! i’m planning to get my NBI clearance next week. thanks for your blog. btw, should i get first my NBI clearance or SSS number? i am a fresh grad and currently looking for a job. i’ll wait for your reply. Thank you! 🙂

  6. hi! thanks for that complete info.! thats what exactly what i want to know.. now i know where i need to go to renew my nbi. thanks!!!

  7. hi… thanks for the info but i just need to know, pano sa married dati pero annulled na… confusing un form… will they need to ask for supporting docs?

  8. hello.. saan kaya aqo pweding kumuha ng nbi na malapit sa buendia gil puyat ng mas mabilis at wlang gaanong tao..?? pls reply

  9. Ask ko lang Kasi pina pakuha ako ng NBI clearance ng US embassy at kailangan ko agad makuha yun… sa Robinson otis ba isang araw lang ba release ng NBI khit HIT ung name mo sa computer nila?? kailangan ko ksi agad,,,

  10. I’m planning to go to NBI tomorrow but i heard maramihan ung nkapila sa NBI UN Ave.. good thing i read your blog.and you have screen shot of the the location as well. . thanks for sharing this info.this is a great help for me..

  11. I thought nanggogoyo lng ung mga trycicle drivers s gilid s UN. He offered me about the other branch near there. Late ko n nbsa tong info. so sad. I nid to get my NBI P nmn asap. 1 wk b4 ko p qha

  12. hi sa duty free paranaque ba mahaba pila? and can i get there kahit hinde fpr travel abroad ang purpose? thanks.

      • as i know, they only process clearances for travel abroad only sa duty free.. better yet, try going to this branch at rob otis stealth was talking about.. i think it will help you a lot..
        btw, thanks for the info stealth.. been doing long google search for this tip lately, try ko dun kumuha & see what happens.. sana kasing kasing bilis nun sa renewal un processing nila sakin now, nun sa Marikina ako kumuha dati ng last renewal ko, that was the 1st time i got “HIT” after getting clearances from the main & carriedo branch for so many years now. then 2 weeks pa before ko nakuha un sa Marikina.. sana nga hnd nlng nila inalis un sa carriedo.. mukhang wala na din ata un sa victory mall, mabilis din dun dati..

  13. What if I want to get the NBI clearance na din on the same day na nagapply ako pwede po ba yun? And would it take longer that usual? kasi I need it for my job on monday na eh.

  14. hi, i have a hypen on my first name, so parang hit na din siya, im not sure anyways if i remember, pumila ako 2 yrs ago sa megamall for renewal tpos pinapunta ko sa main office, do you thing rob otis will instruct the same exact thing or it would just be better to go to nbi un directly?

    • it really depends… marami rami na ring policies ang binago sa nbi… in which kahit ako hindi updated sa ganyan to be honest with you… you can try to go and share what happen so we can have an idea =)

    • I went there not for “Malling reasons” but I went there to get NBI clearance for myself… NBI is the only establishment at Robinsons that opens earlier than the regular malling hours to cater applicants… so nothing to worry about the malling hours… they open early (for NBI only)…

  15. Hi, i was able to get mine last Aug of 2011, and by that time it was already th biometric system that is being implemented. Now it’s been a year and my NBI clearance is due for renewal. Are there any renewal kiosk out there? or is it the same process all over again? thanks!

  16. Hello and nice blog! im confused, what is the opening time for the NBI center in Robinsons Otis? others said that it would open when the mall opens which is 10am?

  17. Hi mas mabilis ba kung gawin ko un online application nila for clearance at pick up na lang kaya un pagdting ko sa UN? Kaya kaya un in 1hr? 🙂

  18. my nbi na po aq for abroad pra mkapagtrabaho sana…..ngaun ngaaply po ulit aq ng work here in philippines maga2mit ko bng requirements ung nbi for abroad o kailangan i renew….wla png ilang buwan ang akin nbi clearance for abroad…hope that u can help me….

  19. Meron bang new policy ang NBI for clearance? Dito kasi samin sa Bicol di na daw pwede renewal. And minimum of 10 working days pa para makuha kahit alang “hit.” Asap ko pa naman kailangan for my work=(

  20. Thanks to this entry! I’m planning to go to rob galleria to get my nbi clearance and i know that they cater to only 500 or 600 a day. Do you know if rob otis has a limit with regards to applicants of nbi clearance?

  21. Hi i need nbi clearance asap for local work… Im planning to proces it sana sa rob metro east try ko pila ng 4am or 3am sa monday nov 19… When i read this blog nag dalawang isip tuloy ako… Pinoproblema kolang po kasi 10am ang pasok ko sa work and im working sa sta lucia… Kung sa rob otis ako punta then agahan ko like 7am nandun nako or mas maaga pa, kaya po kaya un na dapat makarating ako 10 am sa sta lucia???

  22. hi Sir.. yung case ko kasi is ‘HIT’ so pinababalik ako after 1 week tapos hindi ako nakapunta sa araw ng releasing ko.. ire-release pa ba nila that day or babalik ulit ako?.

  23. thanks for this. im from antipolo and planning to get my first copy of nbi clearance in robinson metro east.. i already experienced the process there since my boyfriend get a copy for himself. we were arrived there by exactly 6am and our stub no. is 283 so frustrating 😦 and we finished by 3pm. soooo hassle. thanks for this it really help us who are first timer. keep helping filipinos

  24. ill get mine today.. im thinking kung sa metro east ako pupunta since mas malapit sakin, mga wat time kaya dapat andun ako para nasa top 20 ako. hayss. kung doble kukunin ko for local employment,, 280 right?

  25. Salamat sa post na to 🙂 . I was planning to get my nbi clearance in Robinson’s Ortigas,buti na lang I read this. I got there around 8:20am, may pila na pero di naman masyado mahaba unlike sa previous experience ko sa pagkuha. The guard don’t give number, ang sabe nya lang, “tandaan nyo ung katabe nyo sa pila para di kayo masingitan”.. pinapasok kame 10am, lahat ng kukuha ng clearance nakapila hanggang sa escalator, hehe I got mine mga 12:30nn, bilis lang process, matagal lang ung pag aantay. buti wala akong HIT 🙂 salamat ng madame 🙂

  26. Hi I’m planing to go right now sa nbi duty free pwd p kya khit 3pm aq mkadating dun.? Wala b clng cut off?tnx

  27. Hi, thank you so much… Is it still applicable up to this time? If i will be applying for passport purposes and for local employment, should I get different nbi for different reasons? Thanks a lot. Your concern for others are really paid off. Thanks a lot!

  28. gud day stealth ask ko lng kung nakakuha na ng Nbi Clearance mismo s Nbi office nila s Taft..Dti kc kumuha ako ng NBi clearance ko s Caloocan malapit tabi po ng victory open pa rin ba un sir..salamat po..

  29. hello
    ask ko lng po kung pwedeng kumuha muna ako ng nbi bago sss
    plan ko po kc mgprepare ng mga reqs in advnce kahit wala pang actual employer
    possible po b un.?

  30. Hi, effective parin ba ito ngaun? I am planning to go there by monday kasi, what time kaya best pumunta kasi magpapamedical pa ako bg after lunch… thanks

  31. Hi. Thanks for all the info. Ang dilemma ko is kung sa main office ako kukuha kahit medyo mahaba pila pero same day marerelease kahit sigurado na may HIT ako or mag satelite office nalang ako kahit na a week after ang release. Tama po ba yun na possible marelease na same day sa main kahit may HIT?Online kasi ko nag apply last time, kaya no idea ko. Thanks

  32. 15minutes- that’s how long (long? haha) i got my NBI at Duty Free Paranaque. I came there at 830 but service starts at 9am. At 9:15 I’m out of the office with my NBI. I salute the system and people there! =)

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