REQUIREMENTS (for first-time applicants living/working abroad):

  1. Secure a Fingerprint Card form from the Embassy (Office of the Police Attache)/Consulate and fill it up. For married women, please write your name in the following order: maiden surname (father’s surname), husband’s surname, first or given name, and maternal surname (mother’s family name).
  2. Attach a colored 2” x 2” photograph, taken within three months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  3. Proceed to the police agency in your locality to have your fingerprints impressed (ROLLED IMPRESSION) on the appropriate spaces. The officer /person who “fingerprinted” you should sign his name and state his official designation on the space provided for the purpose on the card.
  4. Have the Fingerprint Card form authenticated by the Secretary of State with jurisdiction over the police agency.
  5. Present/Mail the Fingerprint Card for authentication by the Embassy/Consulate General. (please check the Consulate Finder or the Consulates Link for the states covered by the Embassy/Consulates General in the U.S.).
  6. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice (except FedEx), if authenticated Fingerprint Card is to be mailed back.
  7. Authentication fee of $25 (non-refundable), payable in money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, and cash when personally applying. Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.
  8. Send authenticated Fingerprint Card to the NBI for issuance of clearance (please refer to sending instructions below).

Note: The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

Sending Instructions:

By Mail - Enclose Money Order in the amount of Php 200.00 or bank draft, which is negotiable in the Philippines, payable to the Director, National Bureau of Investigation, Taft Avenue, Ermita 1000 Manila, Philippines. The following are the accredited banks:

  • Philippine National Bank (PNB)
  • Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Co. (HSBC)
  • ANZ – A New Zealand Bank
  • Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI)

Send to:

Mr. Francisco Donozo
Attn: Identification and Records Division - Mailed Clearance Section
National Bureau of Investigation
Taft Ave., Ermita 1000 Manila

Through a Representative in the Philippines – Mail the accomplished form to your representative, along with a signed letter authorizing him/her to transact business on your behalf. Your relative may visit the office of the Electronic Data Processing Division (EDPD) in NBI Taft Avenue, Manila for further assistance.

Upon receipt of your clearance certificate, please examine it for the presence of the embossed NBI DRY SEAL at its lower left portion. The clearance is invalid without it. You must also affix your clear and properly taken THUMBPRINT on the space provided for on the clearance certificate with the assistance of any local police in your area before submitting it to the end-user.

REQUIREMENTS (for applicants living/working abroad renewing their NBI clearance, issued from 1998 onwards):

  1. Original NBI clearance, with updated information for address and purpose of clearance indicated; otherwise, write “Same Data”, if none
  2. For changes in name, date of birth or place of birth, duly-accomplished Fingerprint Card form, with photocopy of Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate
  3. One (1) colored photo, 2” x 2”, taken within three months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  4. Photocopy of your passport with date stamped proving your presence abroad
  5. Send all of the above documents to the NBI, following the same SENDING instructions.

Note: If NBI clearance was issued prior to 1998, or you have lost your personal copy of the certificate, follow the instructions for First Time applicants from abroad.