What Are The Differences Between an NBI Clearance, Police Clearance, and Barangay Clearance

Have you ever been asked to secure and submit a copy of your NBI clearance, Police clearance, and Barangay clearance, or any one of the three? These documents are commonly required when you are applying for a job, a loan, or when securing a government-issued ID. Did you ever wonder why all three are often required? What are you cleared of on an NBI clearance that you can’t be cleared of with a Police or Barangay clearance?

Here are the answers:

  1. NBI

An NBI clearance does not cover the following:

  • It cannot tell if a civil case is filed against you.
  • If you have an ongoing criminal case and your documents are still with the prosecutor, police, or an NBI agent (meaning, your case is still being reviewed), your NBI clearance will not show this.

However, once a criminal case is documented in court, the NBI captures this and goes straight to the person’s NBI records. NBI is not limited to just a certain territory so that wherever a person tries to get an NBI clearance, any and all filed criminal cases against him shall reflect.


  • Locally filed criminal cases will not reflect because police clearances are limited to certain areas that are within the precinct’s jurisdiction.
  • It cannot determine other criminal cases recorded against a person in different areas in the country.


  • The Barangay Clearance can only determine cases filed against a person within the barangay.
  • It does not cover offenses and complaints filed against that person in other barangays.




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