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How To Get Police Clearance

September 12, 2019

Police Clearance is a handy and often necessary document for a lot of cases in the Philippines.

It is necessary to have to be able to apply for the civil service exam for example. The Police Clearance ensures that the owner does not have problems with the police and the law.

It is similar to the NBI Clearance but it differs in some specific points. The biggest of them is that the Police Clearance only counts for the region where it was taken, the NBI Clearance on the other hand is nationwide.

There are different types of Police Clearance. Usually when a company, where the applicant wants to work at, asks for a Clearance it is for the Place of work, since the place of residence is already covered by a Barangay Clearance.

The Police Clearance basically will ensure the company hiring the applicant that he does not have any problems with the Police or committed any crimes with companies in the same area.

More about how to apply for it will be explained in this article.

Police Clearance
Police Clearance

What Is Police Clearance

As mentioned before, the Police Clearance is a document that states that owner does not have any (big) problem with the police and law in the area the Police Clearance was made.

This area can be the residence area of the individual or it is the area where the applicant works.

Usually companies ask for a Police Clearance in the city they offer work, since the resident area can be covered by a Barangay Clearance.

Beside for employment, civil service exams require a Police Clearance too. Registering Firearms, Traveling abroad or applying for some government-issued Documents make a Clearance necessary too.

Difference Between Police Clearance And NBI Clearance

As mentioned in the previous section the big difference between the NBI clearance and the Police Clearance is the range of it.

The NBI clearance is valid nationwide, what means that it confirms the owners good situation with the law in the whole country. On the other hand the Police clearance only affirms the same situation in the region where it was made.

Usually the city. Besides that some procedures may ask for a NBI Clearance, others only require a Police Clearance.

Police Clearance Requirements Procedure

Before applying for the Police Clearance some requirements have to be met. There are in total 5 categories of requirements who have to be approved.

The first one is the personal appearance. To apply the applicant has to update personal information, photos and biometrics regularly. It’s important to know that the Police Clearance only has a validation period over 6 months, in case of certificates. Police Clearance IDs expire after 1 year and can be easily renewed.

The second requirement is the Police Clearance Application form. The form can be retrieved easily at the local police station or municipal office. Some Cities even offer the Document directly online.

The third requirement is the Community Tax Certificate (Cedula) or a Barangay Clearance. Some regions can ask the applicant to bring both documents, on the other hand others can ask for only one.

The fourth requirement is the completed payment of the Police Clearance Fee. While the Certificate only costs Php 100 the Police Clearance (The one that is valid for more time) costs around Php 150, sometimes even higher, it depends on the local government. It is advised to always bring at least Php 300.

The fifth and last requirement is variable. It would be wise to check with the local government if those requirements are required. Some areas will ask for a 2×2 ID photo or a Birth Certificate. Other government-issued IDs may be required. As mentioned all areas differ in this manner.

How To Fill Police Clearance Form

The first step is asking for a form at the local Police Station or Municipal Hall. Some regions already offer the service online.

The filled out form has to be submitted to the Desk Officer and must be verified. After approval a payment request will be issued.

After the payment of the police clearance fee, which can vary depending on the local government but usually is around Php 100 for the certificate, the official receipt has to be shown to the PNCO (Police Non Commissioned Officer).

Afterwards the personal information will be processed and then saved in the Encoding Section. There will be a chance to check the information before the final save.

Biometric data and photos will be taken too. The Police Clearances usually are released on the same day as the application, around 15 minutes but being able to take up to half a day.

The Police Clearance counts as valid ID for many cases.