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Customs Broker License Examination - Registration

Notice of Registration for the April 25, 2018 examination.

Administrative Information:
This notice announces that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will conduct the Customs Broker License Examination on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.  Delivery will be in electronic format per Final Rule 82 FR 29714 “Modernization of the Customs Broker Exam” published on June 30, 2017.  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 $390 required examination fee at that time.
The examination application deadline is Friday, March 16, 2018, 11:59 am Eastern Time.  All applications must be submitted online at the web address noted below.  Payment of the required $390 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, PayPal or Amazon payment.
Automatically Registered Registrants:
All unsuccessful October 2017 examinees, will be automatically registered for the April 25, 2018 examination.  Automatically registered individuals may withdraw from the April 2018 exam for a one-time exam credit, for use only on the October 2018 examination.  CBP will not refund examinations fees to automatically registered individuals who withdraw from the April 2018 exam, and any unused credit will expire at the close of registration for the October 2018 examination.  If any of your contact information requires updating, please contact CBP at with “Free April 2018 Exam” in the subject line by March 14, 2018.  The withdrawal deadline for all registrants is April 23, 2018, 8:30 am local time.   
The registration 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 16, 2018 deadline.
Applicants requesting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations must submit CBP Form 3124E and supporting documentation by Friday, March 16, 2018, 11:59 am. Eastern Time via email to, via FAX to (202) 863-6060, SUBJECT: ADA Request, Broker Exam or by mail to:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection  Office of 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.
Site Selection Scheduling
The examination will be administered at various locations.  All registrants (self-registered and automatically registered) must self-select their exam site.  Exam site scheduling begins on Thursday April 5, 2018 and closes on April 9, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  All registrants will receive an email on April 4, 2018, from  That email will provide instructions for scheduling and serve as a reminder that the self-select site will be opening.  Any registrant who does not receive this email on April 4, 2018 by 2:00 p.m. is to contact  
Site self-selection is on a first come, first served basis.  The self-selection help desk is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Any registrant who does not select from the available exam locations during the selection window will be placed according to resultant exam location availability.    
Applicants will be notified of exam location placement 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.  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 or fax to 202-863-6060 no later than 8:30 AM local time on April 23, 2018.  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)).
  • CBP has provided a link - to a sample electronic Customs Broker Exam that may be accessed to acquaint the prospective examinee with the navigation and layout of the modernized format.  It may be accessed an unlimited number of time and may be useful in familiarizing exam applicant with the electronic exam process.  This sample electronic exam will not evaluate answers.  
  • 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/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 the day following the exam.  
Applicants must provide their own reference materials. 
  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (2017 Basic Edition)  
  • Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (2016, Revised as of April 1, 2016 or 2017, Parts 1 to 199) 
  • Instructions for Preparation of CBP Form 7501 (July 24, 2012)  
  • Right to Make Entry Directive 3530-002A
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, smart watches and other communication devices may not be used inside the examination room. 
Any applicant caught cheating will be removed from the exam
CBP invites the public to submit questions for possible use in future customs broker examinations.  See Guidelines for writing questions for the customs broker examination.  Please submit your questions to brokermanagement@cbp.dhs.govThe SUBJECT line must read: Future Exam Questions
Last published: 
March 13, 2018