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NBI Clearance

The NBI Clearance is the Philippine police clearance issued by the National Bureau of Investigation.

The Consulate provides the Fingerprint Card which serves as the application for NBI Clearance. The Consulate is authorized by the NBI to take fingerprint impressions.

If applied by Post/Mail, the procedures are:

1. Send a request letter for the NBI-Fingerprint Card Form from the Embassy/Consulate by providing the address and contact     number of the applicant

2. Enclose a self- addressed, A4 size, express/registered envelope

3. A photocopy of the data page of the applicant's valid passport, then post items 1-3 to the Embassy/Consulate.

If applied in person, the requirements for NBI Clearance are:

1. Original Valid passport and one (1) photocopy of the data page of the passport

2. One (1) size 2"x2" photograph with plain white background

3. Notary fee. Refer to Schedule of Fees.

If there current name used by the applicant has changed from the name on the passport, the applicant must provide additional official document(s) supporting or effecting the change, for example:

•    Marriage Certificate
•    Court Order on change of name
•    Writ of Divorce
•    In cases where the applicant had a previous marriage, divorced, and re-married, then both writ of divorce and new marriage     certificate must be provided

The Consulate does not process the clearance. The applicant can send the application to a representative in the Philippines, who can then submit the application to an office of the National Bureau of Investigation. Alternatively, the applicant can send the application directly to the NBI Main office and coordinate with them by calling NBI Clearance Help Desk Tel. No. +632 523 8231 to 38. Please note that NBI fingerprint card form processed in NBI satellite offices incur an additional charge as it will still be forwarded to the NBI Main office.

The outcome of the application is the NBI Clearance Certificate. The Australian agencies requesting the NBI Clearance usually require the NBI Clearance Certificate to bear the seal of the Philippine Consulate and the fingerprint of the applicant. The applicant should bring the NBI Clearance Certificate to the Consulate for the affixation of the seal and fingerprint. The Consulate will not charge any fee for this service.

UPDATE ON THE NBI CLEARANCE (posted on 27 July 2011)

The NBI began the upgrading of its database system in July 2011, which affects its processing of clearance applications. All overseas applications (including applications sent from Australia) will be received and processed only by NBI Head Office at Taft Avenue corner UN Avenue, Ermita, Manila. No other NBI field office will process overseas applications, until further notice.