Customs Broker License Examination - Notification
CBP will host a broker exam webinar on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Information for this webinar will be posted on cbp.gov/trade. The webinar will cover examination details and include a question-and-answer (Q&A) session.
CBP invites the public to submit questions for possible use on future customs broker exams. See Guidelines for writing questions for the customs broker examination. Please submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The SUBJECT line must read: Future Exam Questions.
Registration Notice of Examination for October 8, 2020
This notice announces that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will conduct an electronic version of the Customs Broker License Examination on Thursday, October 8, 2020 with two sessions, one in the morning starting at 8:30 am (local time) and one in the afternoon starting at 1:30 pm (local time). Check-in for testing begins at least ½ hour before the official start time. CBP allows individuals to register for the exam through an online automated CBP broker examination registration system https://e.cbp.dhs.gov/ecbp/#/main (replacing Form 3124E, “Application for Customs Broker License Exam”), and mandates the registrant pay a $390 required examination fee at that time.
Registration has two components:
- Exam registration
- Site selection scheduling
1. Exam Registration
Examination registration opens early on August 3, 2020 and closes early September 8, 2020. All applications must be submitted online through the eCBP portal: https://e.cbp.dhs.gov/ecbp/#/main
New users to eCBP will be required to create a new account, using Login.gov, which is part of the registration process.
Step-by-step instructions on the registration process and web-based training on eCBP can be accessed on the navigation area to the right.
When you register, please ensure that you key in all information correctly. The data you provide is transferred to your admission notice and the email address you provide guarantees that you receive information about the exam.
CBP recommends using the latest version of Google chrome as your browser when you register.
There is a FAQ section on the eCBP portal Brokers home page which provides information if the user is unable to connect: https://e.cbp.dhs.gov/brokers/#/home.
Payment of the required $390 license examination fee must be made online via the examination application, and may be made by credit card, debit card, PayPal, or Amazon Pay.
Applications and fees submitted directly to the service port or CBP Headquarters will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the examination application process well before the closing in early September 2020 deadline.
2. Site Selection Scheduling
Registrants will need to register for their exam site AFTER registration closes. Once registration closes, all registrants will receive an instructional email from Pearson Vue on how to select their exam site. Self-site selection begins in early September 2020. Site selection is on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis. Failing to self-site select early could mean that you do not get your desired site due to the desired site being at full capacity.
Applicants will be notified of exam location placement via an Admission Notice provided via e-mail to the address provided during registration. The Admission Notice is sent immediately after applicants complete the site selection process. Applicants are responsible for monitoring the email address they provided during registration, including SPAM/JUNK folders. Examinees must bring their admission notice, government issued photo identification, and proof of citizenship for admission to the test site.
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 email@example.com no later than two working days prior to the examination date of October 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM local time. Refunds for timely examination withdrawals of registrants paying for the October 2020 exam will generally be processed within 60 days after the exam date. 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.
American Disabilities Act (ADA)
Applicants requesting ADA accommodations must check box 5 on the registration form, submit a CBP Form 3124E, and supporting documentation by the close of registration on October 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. CBP requests applications be submitted as early as possible with proper documentation, (after exam registration opens) to ensure enough time for processing. Approved ADA accommodations will be scheduled for the morning exam session only. Requests via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, SUBJECT: ADA Request, Broker Exam.
Using 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(s) requested must be specified in block 12. Supporting documentation must be signed and on the physician’s letterhead; electronic signatures will be accepted. The documentation must be from a qualified professional and outline the applicant’s condition, describe how the applicant is affected by the condition on a daily basis, provide a description of each accommodation, and must not be more than 5 years old.
Supporting documentation submitted by email must be date and time stamped, by the close of registration at 11:59 PM EST. Requests and supporting documentation that are not submitted by the 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.
Day of Exam
Important Notice: For the health and safety of all parties, a face mask covering the nose and mouth (purchased or homemade) is mandatory to be admitted and take the October 8, 2020 broker exam. Registrants who arrive without a required face mask will not be permitted to take the customs broker license exam and forfeit their registration fee.
Registrants who do not provide an approved form of identification: (U.S. Driver’s License, U.S. State Issued ID Card, U.S. Passport, U.S. Military ID, U.S. Government Issued Visa, U.S. Territory ID (Puerto Rico, Guam, Etc.)) AND citizenship (U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, or Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, Official Military Service Award, or State, Federal or Local Government ID Card, Marriage License) will NOT be allowed to sit for the exam. Your name must match on both forms of identification. Expired IDs are not acceptable, this includes expired passports. There will be no exceptions and no refunds will be given.
Once the test administrators have closed the doors to the examination room, registrants will not be permitted into the examination room and will not be allowed to sit for the examination. Please bring all of the required documentation and allocate sufficient time for travel to the examination site, as NO exceptions will be made for traffic delays, late trains, or similar incidences.
CBP does NOT transfer exam credit under any circumstance.
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)).
- Please visit https://home.pearsonvue.com/cble for a sample electronic CBLE that may be reviewed to acquaint the prospective examinee with the navigation and layout of the modernized electronic format. It may be accessed an unlimited number of times and may be useful in familiarizing the examinee with the electronic exam process. This sample electronic exam will not evaluate answers.
- The Customs Broker License Examination (CBLE) 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/Bonded Warehouse; Warehouse Entries; Intellectual Property Rights; Fines, Penalties and Forfeiters; 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. Applicants will not be provided with a test booklet. The exam is an electronic delivery. The exam will be posted on cbp.gov/trade/broker the following day after the exam.
- Examinee’s answer keys will be provided upon exiting the exam on exam day. This sheet will be needed should an examinee wish to file an exam appeal.
- Exam result letters will be emailed to individuals beginning with October 2019 exam. Broker Management will not mail out result letters.
- Visit https://home.pearsonvue.com/cble to acquaint yourself with the security measures on testing day.
Applicants must provide their own reference materials.
- 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
- Business Rules & Process Document (Trade-External) Ace Entry Summary (Version 9.75, Section 1 to 12)
Beginning 2020, the HTS will be provided electronically. Examinees have the option to bring in their own HTS or use the electronic HTS provided.
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, smart watch, etc.) is strictly prohibited. Furthermore:
- Examinees are required to bring their own writing instrument, and scrap paper if needed as they will not be supplied.
- No cellphones are allowed in the exam room. Lockers will be provided to place items carried into the facility. Laptops, iPads, smart watches, and any other electronic devices are prohibited in the examination room.
- Any applicant caught cheating will be removed from the exam.
- Jewelry and hair barrettes/headbands are subject to removal and inspection during the exam.
- See Candidate Rules of Agreement for more details.
- A face mask covering your nose and mouth will be required for entrance into the examination room. Please review the Pearson Vue’s website and if you have any questions please email email@example.com.
- For the 2020 exams, examinees will be allowed to bring in 1 rolling crate (see exam day set up below) OR 1 suitcase into the exam room not to exceed 16"H X 18.5"W X 15"D. All other storage containers will remain outside. No exception.
Updated: June 3, 2020