As part of the requirements in getting an occupational permit and in preparation for my passport renewal, I applied for an NBI clearance. The nearest, most convenient and strategic place where I can get my NBI clearance is in Quezon City Hall. It is specifically located at the front of the Red Cross Building near Kalayaan Avenue-side of Quezon City Hall Compound.
Here are the steps in getting NBI Clearance in Quezon City Hall:
Prepare/bring a photocopy of a valid ID (i.e. Driver's License, SSS ID, passport etc.). Give this to the person who is in charge of handing out the NBI Clearance Application Form.
There are photocopiers around so don't fret if you don't have a photocopy of your ID. Of course make sure that you have your original ID on hand if in case you need to show it or have it photocopied.
2 and 3. Payment & Filling-in of application form.
It depends what time you will go to the NBI Satellite Office in Quezon City Hall, if you would go there morning expect heavy crowd, but if you go there in the afternoon it is more likely that the number of people is significantly few. Look for the right line and ask for the person in front of you if he/she is lining for payment.
While waiting for your turn to pay do multi-tasking and fill-in your application form. Give accurate and complete information so that you will eliminate "hits" which may prevent you from getting your NBI clearance on that day. Bring your black pen and make sure you write in "PRINT".
Payment for NBI Clearance varies depending on the purpose. I paid PhP115 with the purpose of "travel" You will have 2 documents on hand at this point, your NBI Clearance application form and your Official Receipt
Here, your task is to make sure that the encoder correctly encodes/types your information on the computer.
You will hand in your NBI Clearance Application form and show the receipt but this will be given back to you after encoding.
5 and 6. Biometric and photo.
You will be asked to have your photo taken and/or your fingerprints electronically be scanned. Note that if you wear a sleeveless top you will not be allowed unless you have a long hair and you can wear it down to mask your being in sleeveless top. An alternative is use or borrow blazer, a jacket or a pashmina scarf.
You will hand in your NBI Clearance Application form and show the receipt but this will be given back to you.
At this point you will be given instructions if you need to come back at a certain date to have your NBI Clearance released (it means they need more time to sort out your information because you have "hit/s") or if you can proceed to the Printing and Releasing section.
7 and 8. Printing and Releasing. Submission of NBI Clearance Application form and Official Receipt.
You will wait for your turn for them to print your NBI Clearance. They will get your application form and shred the official receipt. I don't know why they don't return the Official Receipt.
NBI Satellite office in Quezon City Hall is located across the Red Cross Building.
"Hit/s" is having a similar name who happens to have a pending criminal case or "you" have a pending criminal case.
General Observations and Recommendations
1. It's hot in there. For your protection bring water and fan.
Given the volume of people getting their NBI clearance, I hope that provisions for humidifiers or air coolers can be provided. If not I hope that they would construct the covered area with a higher ceiling for air to flow more freely.
2. The lines are long. Bring a book or ask someone to fall in line for you for the next step. Go there after lunch or around 2 pm.
I suggest a "number system" should be implemented.
Note: There is a new system of getting an NBI clearance starting 2014... will update in a new post the new system. Thanks.