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Lapse in Federal Funding Impact on CBP Website Operations Notice

NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.


Aviso del impacto de la interrupción de fondos federales en las operaciones del sitio web del Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés)

AVISO:  A causa de la interrupción de fondos federales, este sitio de web no será administrado activamente. La última actualización a este sitio web se realizó el 21 de diciembre de 2018 y no se harán más actualizaciones hasta que el gobierno reanude operaciones; por ende, puede que el sitio web no refleje la información más reciente. Es posible que no podamos procesar transacciones ni responder a
preguntas hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

Help File

The following are the standards used to develop the electronic forms and will assist you in filling out the forms online.

  • Navigation/Buttons: Buttons will be placed on the bottom of the pages. Instructions will be accessed by clicking a button rather than as mandatory pages. "Additional pages" button where applicable.
  • Printing: Always use the print button at the bottom of the form. Do not use browser printer command.
  • Date: Format of MM/DD/YYYY, both format and value will be validated. There will be a display only help prompt, “MM/DD/YYYY,” to assist users to get it correct the first time.
  • Mandatory Field(s): Name is a mandatory field. Display only, help prompt will identify mandatory fields.
  • Zip code: Will be unformatted alpha-numeric, because of other countries using both letters and numbers and will use all physical space available.
  • Phone Numbers: Will be unformatted alpha-numeric, because of other countries using both letters and numbers and will use physical space available. There will be a display only help prompt, "country code if applicable."
  • Drop-down list(s): Used on some fields (ex: states). Lengthy lists are not used as they would impact speed at which form/server can respond.
  • Picket-fence Field(s): Replaced with single fields occupying the same physical space as the original field on the form, formatted dashes, slashes etc. will only remain on form as necessary.
  • Validation(s): Fields with validations on them (ex: month = 1-12) will use the field name in the error message, making it easier for the user to find and correct.
  • Field(s): Space for 1-2 extra characters are used to allow for proper display in different web browsers.
  • Calculations: Most forms will have no calculations.
  • Signature – will be non-visible, non-print, non-tabbing.
  • Additional Pages: A separate browser window will open up to allow for more input where original form requests additional pages.
  • Multiple Lines: If not filled to capacity on each line, multiple line fields may scroll. Data entered in over-flow (scrolling) area will not be printed or saved. There will be a red, display only warning prompt at the top of first page of form, "Any data typed after screen scrolls will not print."
  • Copy for Multi-page/Carbon Page Forms: Data entered on page one that is repeated on following pages will be “copied” so user does not have to re-key multiple times.
Last modified: 
June 7, 2016