How to Apply for a Police Clearance in the Philippines
A Police Clearance is usually requested in applying for a job either local or abroad. It is also one of the supporting documents in applying for a passport or when other government agencies ask for it. The Police Clearance is different from the Barangay Clearance and the NBI Clearance because it proves that the applicant is cleared from any criminal record in the police department or PNP station and its affiliates. The Barangay Clearance covers the barangay or community where the applicant resides while the NBI Clearance proves that the person is free from any liability, case, offense, crime, or record covered by the NBI.
Aside from employment purposes, the Police Clearance is also considered a valid identification in the absence of other ID's.
The process in securing a Police Clearance is simpler that getting an NBI Clearance. It is usually accomplished within the same day of application.
Recent Cedula (Community or Residence Tax Certificate)
Application Form (they will provide the form)
Step 1: Present Requirements
Make sure you have with you the original and photocopy of the documents required. There is no need to bring pictures because they will capture your photo and signature in the PNP office.
Step 2: Fill Out Application Form
An Application Form will be given to you. Fill out the form accurately providing all the necessary personal details.
After accomplishing the form and making sure that everything is correct, submit the form to the personnel in charge.
Step 3: Payment 1
After submitting your application form, you will be given a Payment Slip. Go to the appointed payment area and pay the current clearance fee which is PhP100.00. You will be given a receipt. Take this receipt back to the Police Clearance Center.
Step 4: Fingerprinting
Show the personnel in charge your first payment receipt and the next step is fingerprinting. Just give the officer-in-charge your hands and he will do the rest of the process.
Step 5: Payment 2
Next step is you will have to pay for a certain Security Fee which costs PhP150.00. You will be given another receipt, a small white one which you should keep.
Step 6: Encoding
You will be directed to another line. Present your application and your small white receipt. The personnel will type all your personal information so make sure that the encoded details are correct.
Step 7: Picture
Your picture will be taken. I suggest that male applicants wear proper haircuts, and properly shaved. Glasses will be removed while pictures are taken. All applicants, male or female should be wearing proper attire.
Step 8: Digital Signing
You will be asked to sign using a digital pen. Just sign on the digital platform. Your signature must be identical to your other signatures appearing in your other documents.
Step 9: Thumb-printing
Finally, you will be asked to place your left and right thumb on a small thumb-sized scanner. The personnel will inform you once the process is done.
Step 10: Releasing
Proceed to the waiting area. Wait for your name to be called. It may only take 10-20 minutes depending on the volume of applicants.
Then you have a new Police Clearance!
The Police Clearance is valid only for six months. For renewal, the same process will be followed, but you can bring your previous Police Clearance as supporting documents.