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Customs Broker License Exam (CBLE)

Announcements

The next CBLE will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Exam registration will open on Monday, February 28, 2022 and close on Monday, March 28, 2022.

NOTICE: Given the evolving COVID-19 situation examinees are responsible for checking the Pearson VUE COVID-19 page (https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update) regularly to find out if there is a vaccine or mask mandate at the registered testing site. It is THE EXAMINEE’S responsibility to stay up-to-date. CBP will NOT provide refunds for those who are not able to test as a result of being uninformed or noncompliant about the COVID-19 policy. CBP and Pearson VUE recommends that you check the website regularly leading up to the exam exam, including the night before the CBLE.

The April 27, 2022 CBLE will be offered on-site only; U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will not offer a remote exam in April 2022.  CBP is dedicated to the ongoing modernization of the CBLE and intends to offer a remotely-proctored option at a later date.

CBLE Information

Exam Registration

ALL individuals must register for the exam through an online CBP broker examination registration portal at https://e.cbp.dhs.gov/ecbp/#/main (replacing the Form 3124E, “Application for Customs Broker License Exam”), and submit a $390 required examination fee at that time.  The portal will open for registration for the April 27, 2022 CBLE on February 28, 2022 and will close March 28, 2022.

  1. Click here to access eCBP https://e.cbp.dhs.gov/ecbp/#/main. Exam applicants MUST complete registration and submit payment using eCBP to take the CBLE.
  2. Exam applicants will complete registration and submit payment using eCBP.
    • 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.
  3. After the registration period closes, applicants will receive a site selection instructional email from PearsonVUE for their exam site selection at the PearsonVUE website one week after the close of exam registration. 
    • Site selection is on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis. If you do not self-select, you will be assigned to a location based on your address zip code that may not be your first choice, particularly if your first choice has met full capacity.
  4. 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.
    • Examinees must bring their admission notice, government issued photo identification, and proof of citizenship for admission to the test site.

Registration Guidance

When you complete your exam application on eCBP, 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.  All identifying information provided must match the two forms of government issued identification you will bring to the testing center.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the examination application process well before the registration closing deadline.

Applicants are responsible for monitoring the email address they provided during registration, including SPAM/JUNK folders. 

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.

If assistance is needed with the eCBP website, please contact the Rev Mod Service Desk at: revmodservicedesk@cbp.dhs.gov or call 1-800-366-8732 Ext. 4670 (please leave a message if your call is not answered directly). RMSD is open Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

The PearsonVUE site self-selection help desk is open on Monday to Friday from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET.

PearsonVUE:  Contact: https://home.pearsonvue.com/cble/contact

Phone: 844-914-0560 (toll-free)

Reference Materials

Examinees still have the option to bring and use their own paper reference materials if desired.

Current List of Reference Materials:

 

REFERENCE CHANGE: In an effort to align the broker exam and reference materials with real world processing, CBP has added the ACE Entry Summary Instructions to replace the Instructions for the Preparation of a 7501 as one of the five reference materials effective for the October 2021 exam and all future exams.

 

The reference materials will be provided electronically on exam day. Examinees may bring paper reference materials into the testing room, in addition to the following items: 

  • 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.
  • Examinees are allowed to bring in one rolling crate (see exam day set up below) OR one suitcase into the exam room not to exceed 16"H X 18.5"W X 15"D.  All other storage containers will remain outside of the exam room.
  • Examinees may bring a shelf/rack into the exam room to hold the approved testing resources. The shelf/rack, in its expanded form, cannot exceed the width and depth of the crate (18.5” W x 15”D), in order to prevent racks from extending past individual testing space. The height of the shelf/rack is not limited, as it is merely elevating materials closer to eye-level. An example is pictured below.
  • No exceptions will be made.  

 

Image of reference materials
An illustration of an approved rolling crate for use at
PearsonVUE testing centers.

Administrative Information

The April CBLE is scheduled for Thursday, Aril 27, 2022. The exam is 4.5 hours long. Check-in for testing begins at least 30 minutes before the official start time. 

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.

Identification and Proof of Citizenship

NOTICE: This is the current list of approved Identification and Proof of Citizenship requirements, please pay special attention to the below documents.

Identification and Proof of Citizenship Requirements

Your name MUST match on both forms of identification. Expired IDs, including expired passports, are NOT acceptable, even if the state you are testing in allows expired forms of identification you will not be allowed to sit for the CBLE with expired identification. There will be no exceptions and no refunds will be given in this situation.

Please note that an original marriage or divorce certificate can be provided to corroborate a name change between the two forms of ID presented. No photocopies, scans, or facsimiles of any documentation will be accepted.

About the Exam

The purpose of the CBLE 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 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 Forfeitures; and other subjects pertinent to brokers’ duties.
  • Applicants should use the reference materials noted above and any other pertinent reference materials for the examination.  The use of any versions of the listed references other than those listed above is at the applicant’s own risk.  Applicants will not be provided with a test booklet.  The exam is electronically delivered.  CBP will make all efforts to post the exam as soon as possible after exam delivery on cbp.gov/trade/broker.
  • Exam result letters will be emailed to all examinees. 

CBP invites the public to submit questions for possible use in future CBLEs.  See Guidelines for writing questions for the CBLE.  Please submit your questions to brokermanagement@cbp.dhs.gov.

Testing Site Rules

  • REVIEW THE COVID-19 MASK AND VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS ON THE Pearson VUE COVID-19 PAGE (or at https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update). The examinee alone is responsible for staying informed on the vaccine and mask requirements for the registered testing site. Refunds will NOT be provided if examinee is unable to test.
  • Important Notice: Exam providers may choose to record exams that occur in their facility, these recordings are the property of the vendor and are not owned or controlled by CBP.
  • 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 broker exam. Registrants who arrive without a required face mask will not be permitted to take the customs broker license exam and will forfeit their registration fee.
  • 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.
  • Please visit https://home.pearsonvue.com/cble for a sample electronic CBLE that may be reviewed to acquaint the prospective examinee with the navigation, layout and searchable reference materials in the electronic format.  The sample electronic CBLE 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. 
  • Examinee answer records will be provided upon exiting the testing center 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. 
  • Visit https://home.pearsonvue.com/cble to acquaint yourself with the security measures on testing day.

Reasonable Modifications Based on Disability Needs

An applicant requesting reasonable modifications based on disability needs for the exam must check “Yes” in response to the question, “Do you seek modifications under the American Disabilities Act?” on the eCBP electronic application form (the equivalent of CBP Form 3124E, APPLICATION FOR CUSTOMS BROKER LICENSE EXAM) to indicate that he or she is seeking a reasonable modification under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

In the free form text box below the question, the applicant MUST enter the following information relating to their reasonable modification request:

  1. The limitations resulting from their disability;
  2. Barriers to their effective participation in the standard electronic version of the exam based on their limitations; and
  3. Their preferred or suggested reasonable modifications to remove the barriers to effectively participate in the exam.

 

CBP requests individuals submit exam applications requesting reasonable modifications as early as possible to ensure enough time for processing.  Requests that are not submitted by the close of registration will not be considered.  

Prior to the exam, CBP may schedule an interactive dialogue meeting with the applicant to discuss the reasonable modifications request and gather additional information to make an informed decision on the request. 

Withdrawal Information

Any applicant who wishes to withdraw from the exam and receive a refund must sign in to the eCBP portal, select Broker License and then select the ‘Withdraw from Exam’ option no later than 8:30 a.m. Eastern time two working days prior to the examination date.  Refunds for examination withdrawals will generally be processed within 45 days after the exam date.

 

DO NOT use the withdrawal option to make a correction to your submitted application because you WILL NOT be allowed to reapply for the same exam once you have withdrawn.  Corrections to your exam registration information must be requested through email to brokermanagement@cbp.dhs.gov.

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