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Customs Broker License Examination - Notice of Examination


Administrative Information
This notice announces that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will conduct the Customs Broker License Examination on Monday, April 13, 2015.  CBP allows individuals to register for the exam through an online automated CBP broker examination registration system (replacing Form 3124E, “Application for Customs Broker License Exam”), and mandates the registrant pay a $200 required examination fee at that time.

The examination application deadline is Thursday, March 12, 2015, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.  All applications must be submitted online at the web address noted below.  Payment of the required $200 license examination fee must be made online via the examination application, and must be made by credit card, by debit card that can be used as a credit card, or by PayPal.

The registration web address is:

Applications and fees that are submitted directly to the service port or CBP Headquarters will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant.  Applicants who need assistance completing the online form, or have questions concerning payment, may send an email to or may contact the CBP Help Desk at (317) 614-4964.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the examination application process well before the March 12, 2015 deadline.

Applicants requesting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations must submit CBP Form 3124E and supporting documentation by Friday, March 13, 2015, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time via email to, via FAX to (202) 863-6060, ATTN: John Lugo, or by mail to:

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection
 Office of International Trade
 Broker Management Branch
 1400 L Street NW, Room 1107A
 Washington, DC 20229-1154

On the CBP Form 3124E, the applicant must indicate in block 5 that he or she is seeking an accommodation under the American Disabilities Act.  The accommodation requested must be specified in block 12.  Supporting documentation must be signed and on the physician’s letterhead; electronic signatures will not be accepted.  The documentation must outline the applicant’s condition, how the applicant is affected by the condition on a daily basis, and must not be more than 5 years old.

Supporting documentation submitted by email must be date and time stamped, and mail must be postmarked, by the deadline specified above.  Requests which are not submitted by that deadline will not be considered. Simply indicating that you seek an accommodation on the online exam registration form is not sufficient to request an accommodation.
As noted in Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations part 111.13(b) (19 CFR 111.13(b)), in order to be eligible to take the broker examination, an individual must (on the date of the examination) be a U.S. citizen, must be 18 years of age, and must not be an officer or employee of the U.S. Government.

The examination will be administered at various locations.  Applicants will be notified of exam locations in a separate communication (“Admission Notice”) from the online registration confirmation. This Admission Notice will be sent to all examinees, by e-mail, approximately two weeks before the exam date.  The applicant may contact the relevant service port for additional information.

Any applicant who wishes to withdraw from the exam must submit a written notice of withdrawal to the CBP Broker Management Branch via email to or fax to 202-863-6060 no later than 4:59 PM local time on Thursday, April 9, 2015.  For purposes of this announcement, “local time” means the time zone in which the service port noted on the application is located.  Refunds for timely examination withdrawals will generally be processed within 60 days after the scheduled exam is scored. Applicants withdrawing from the exam should include in their withdrawal request the payment tracking number and tracking ID, both of which can be found in the registration confirmation email sent to all applicants upon registering for the exam.

On the day of the examination, after the test administrators have closed the doors to the examination room, applicants will not be permitted into the examination room and will not be allowed to sit for the examination.  There will be no exceptions.  Please allocate sufficient time for travel to the examination site, as no exceptions will be made for traffic delays, late trains, or similar incidences.

About the Exam
The purpose of the broker license examination is to “determine the individual’s knowledge of Customs and related laws, regulations and procedures, bookkeeping, accounting, and all other appropriate matters, necessary to render valuable service to importers and exporters.” (19 CFR 111.13(a)).

• The Customs Broker License Examination consists of 80 multiple-choice questions. A score of 75 percent is required to pass. The examination lasts 4.5 hours. Exam topics typically include: Entry; Classification; Trade Agreements; Valuation; Broker Compliance; Power of Attorney; Marking; Drawback; Bonds; Foreign Trade Zones; Warehouse Entries; Intellectual Property Rights; and other subjects pertinent to a broker's duties.

• Applicants should bring the reference materials noted below and any other pertinent reference materials to the examination.  The use of any other versions of the listed references other than those recommended is at the applicant’s own risk. 

- Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (2014 Basic Edition, No Supplements)

- Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (Revised as of April 1, 2014)

- Customs and Trade Automated Interface Requirements (CATAIR)
- Appendix B – Valid Codes
- Appendix D – Metric Conversion
- Appendix E – Valid Entry Numbers
- Appendix G – Common Errors
- Glossary of Terms

- Instructions for Preparation of CBP Form 7501 (July 24, 2012)

- Right to Make Entry Directive 3530-002A

Applicants must provide their own reference materials.

Examinees may use any written reference material; however, use of any electronic device during the exam (e.g., laptop, iPad / Nook / Kindle, smart phone, personal digital assistant, etc.) is strictly prohibited.

Cell phones, laptops, pagers, and other communication devices may not be used inside the examination room.

Any applicant caught cheating will be removed from the exam.