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Customs Brokers License Exam Information

The customs broker license examination (CBLE) is scheduled for October 8, 2020, as previously announced in the Federal Register notice (84 FR 71440) published on December 27, 2019.  CBP will administer two examination sessions: one in the morning and one in the afternoon, the times will be announced soon.  CBP’s highest priority is the health and safety of all test-takers and CBP personnel.  Information will be added concerning the CBLE as soon as possible, please regularly check this website for updates regarding the October 8, 2020 examination.  If you have questions please email Headquarters Broker Management Branch at

Updated: September 4, 2020

Next Exam

The CBLE registration is scheduled to open early on August 3, 2020 and will close on September 8, 2020. 

Register for the Customs Broker exam here:

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will make every effort to accommodate all applicants who register in a timely manner, however, applicants are reminded due to the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic conditions the October 8, 2020 exam(s) may be limited or restricted at certain exam testing sites, due to state and local controls.

CBP recommends broker exam applicants register early to allow maximum amount of time for exam processing and issue/error resolution. The October 2020 electronic exam(s) CBLE is first come first serve and be will conducted at locations nationwide based on availability.

Important Exam Dates:

  • October 8, 2020 exam(s) Registration opens: August 3, 2020 and closes September 8, 2020
  • Broker exam site selection begins September 15, 2020 and ends September 18, 2020
  • Registrants may withdraw from October 2020 exam and request a refund of $390.00 until October 6, 2020 

Registrants should monitor their local area coronavirus status, check the Pearson VUE website, for information and contact CBP broker management branch (BMB) at as soon as possible, for assistance, with broker exam related questions.

Updated: September 4, 2020

The reference materials are:

  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (2019 Basic Edition, No Supplements)
  • Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (2019 Revised as of April 1, 2019) Parts 1 to 199.
  • Instructions for Preparation of CBP Form 7501 (December 2019)
  • Right to Make Entry Directive 3530-002A
  • ACE Entry Summary Business Process (Version 9.75, Section 1 through 12)
  • The Harmonized Tariff Schedule will be provided electronically on exam day beginning  in 2020.  The HTS will have basic search functions. Examinees still have the option to bring in their paper HTS if desired. Visit sample exam to become acquainted with the exam format and searchable HTS.

Exam Registration Process

  • All broker exam applicants will register using the eCBP Portal and create an on-line account via Login.Gov (if one is not created already.) Click here to access eCBP
  • Exam applicants will complete registration and submit payment using eCBP
  • CBP is discontinuing the process of providing pencils and scrap paper during the exam and examinees may bring their own pencil and scrap paper
  • After registration closes, applicants will receive an email to make their exam site selection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announces the publication of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the long awaited update to 19 CFR 111.  The NPRM for modernization of the Customs broker regulations (85 FR 34836) and elimination of Customs broker district permit fee ( 85 FR 34549) published June 5, 2020.  Comments may be submitted to CBP Office of Trade, Trade Commercial Regulations and Rulings Branch  NPRM comments must be received on or before August 4, 2020.

It is suspected this will address many of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee's (COAC) recommendations.  Some are listed below:

  • Replace the “district permit” and “national permit” with “the permit” to better reflect the transition to a single permit framework that operates at the national level within the customs territory of the United States.
  • Require brokers to have a single permit that allows them to have sufficient authority to conduct custom business at the national level within the customs territory of the United States.  This will also eliminate the need for brokers to request permit waivers.
  • Prepare a transition plan to a single permit.
  • Require brokers to provide satisfactory evidence of how the entity intends to exercise Responsible Supervision and Control.
  • Make enhancement to ACE for broker reporting and Streamline Broker reporting
  • Update the factors related to Responsible Supervision and Control related to the transition of managing under the national permit that would replace the district permit.
  • Require that the Power of Attorney come directly from the Importer to the Broker.
  • Remove specific dollar fee amounts and reference a single source of location allowing greater flexibility.
  • Expand Broker payment options to include electronic payment of fees.
  • Provide for reasonable steps to include the review of publicly available, open source information to authenticate the identity of the broker.
  • Require that customs business may be conducted only within the customs territory of the United States.
  • Provide for the storage of electronic customs records within the customs territory of the United States.


Effective October 1, 2019 the Cobra Fee for permits (USER FEE) is $147.89 (was $144.74).
Effective January 1, 2019, the broker application finger printing fee is $11.25 (was $10.00).



CBP welcomes the submittal of new questions for future broker exams.  Please submit your questions to with "Future Exam Questions" in the subject line.



Last modified: 
September 4, 2020