How to Get an NBI Clearance in Hong Kong

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance is an official document showing that you have no criminal cases filed against you in the Philippines.  For whatever legal purpose this may serve you, the application to obtain one must be coursed through the Philippine Embassy in the host country.

The NBI clearance contains your name, address, place of birth, date of birth, date of issuance, and purpose for requesting it.  It is only valid for 6 months to 1 year.  While you were able to secure your NBI Clearance in the Philippines prior to working abroad, there would be a different process once you're already in Hong Kong.

There are two types of applications for the said clearance.  First is the processing for new applicants and the second is renewal which is for clearance certificates issued starting 2014 onwards.  For a clearance certificate issued prior to 2014, the application will be treated as new.  On the other hand, applicants who were previously issued NBI Clearance starting in 2014 can renew their clearance directly with the NBI without the need for a new fingerprint card, provided no changes are made on their personal data.

What are the requirements that you need to secure to get such clearance?

For renewal of NBI Clearance

  1. Old NBI Clearance
  2. Submit 2x2 photo with white background taken within the last three (3) months
  3. Renew clearance directly with the NBI without the need for a new fingerprint card, provided that no changes are made on their personal data
  4. In case of change of address or civil status, please write down the same on the old NBI clearance certificate

For New Applicants

  1. Proceed to Room 36 to secure NBI Clearance Application Form (Form No. 5)
  2. Present original passport and Hong Kong ID
  3. Submit 2x2 photo with white background taken within the last three (3) month
  4. Fill-out the form properly and avoid erasures
  5. Pay the Certification Fee (HK$200) at the Cashier
  6. Applicant affix rolled impression of fingerprints on the appropriate spaces of the NBI Fingerprint Card Form with the assistance of a Consulate personnel
  7. Return to Room 36, to claim certified Form No. 5 after two (2) working days
  8. Send it to your authorized representative in the Philippines together with photocopies of passport and Hong Kong ID

There are two options in sending the application form. It can be done through mailing or through the assistance of an authorized representative.

For mailed clearance application, send to:

Ms. SANDRA P. SOBIDANational Bureau of InvestigationMailed Clearance Section3rd Floor, NBI Clearance BuildingUN Avenue, Ermita, Manila, Philippines 100Tel. No.: +63 85238231 loc. 5465Email:

Enclose the amount of Two Hundred Pesos (PhP 200.00) to cover for the Clearance fee of One Hundred Thirty Pesos (PhP130.00) and Seventy Pesos (PhP70.00) for mailing cost.

For clearance application through authorized representative:

  • Before proceeding to NBI Mailed Clearance Section, the representative of the clearance applicant must register online at  As your preferred NBI Site, select NBI Main Clearance Center.
  • Select a payment channel (e.g. Bayad Center) to complete your transaction.  Secure your reference number appearing on the computer screen.
  • For payment, present your Reference Number to your selected payment channel.  After payment, your representative may now proceed to the NBI Mailed Clearance Section.

How long does it take to get this done?  Processing time for the application will take a maximum of five (5) working days upon receipt of documents.

Note: The NBI form is not a consular document. NBI clearance is still issued by the NBI office in the Philippines. However, the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Hong Kong assists applicants who are applying for NBI clearance through fingerprinting on the NBI Form No. 5 to be certified by the Consulate. The consular processing fee is HKD200 and will be released after two (2) working days. Further, all clearance applications coming from abroad are processed only at NBI's Main Office in Manila.

For more inquiries, you can call the NBI at telephone no. +63 85238231 loc 5465 or email them at

Last edited: 10/09/2020

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