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Customs Broker License Examination (CBLE)

Customs Broker License Examination (CBLE)

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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)).

  • 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.
  • Beginning 2020, the HTS will be provided electronically. Examinees have the option to bring in their own HTS or use the electronic HTS provided.
  • Applicants will not be provided with a test booklet. The exam is an electronic delivery. The exam will be posted on within 48 hours or two business days after the exam.
  • Examinee’s answer keys will be printed and provided upon exiting the exam on exam day.

Applicants must provide their own reference materials. The HTS is provided electronically as an option. See the sample exam to explore how the electronic HTS will function.

  • 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)

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.
  • Cell phones must be turned off and put in the lockers provided. 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.
  • See ‘Candidate Rules of Agreement’ for more info.
  • Pearson Vue requires a face mask covering your nose and mouth for all candidates. CBLE candidates without a mask will be turned away on exam day. CBP will not provide a refund for candidates turned away due to non-compliance.
  • If you have any questions, please email Please visit the following COVID-19 Update Page regularly and prior to heading to the exam to review COVID-related state and local requirements.
  • 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.

Day of Exam

The Fall 2020 Customs Broker License Examination is scheduled on October 8th, 2020, in the morning (8:30a.m.) and afternoon (1:30p.m.) local time. 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) will NOT be allowed to sit for the exam. Your name must match on both forms of identification. All submitted documents (both identification and citizenship paperwork) must be current and unexpired. Expired IDs are not acceptable, this includes expired passports. There will be no exceptions and no refunds will be given.

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.

Please bring 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. 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 exam. There will be no exceptions and no refunds will be given if you are turned away for insufficient identification or late arrival.

Important Information

Reasonable accommodations: CBLE candidates will have the opportunity to request ADA accommodations only during the registration period from August 3rd, 2020 through September 8th, 2020 for the October 2020 CBLE. CBP will inform applicants of their reasonable accommodation (RA) determination and communicate approvals appropriately for the exam location selection in the Pearson Vue system. Approved candidates will receive an Authorization to Test email containing the appropriate RA information and will be contacted by Pearson Vue with their testing location. Registrants seeking an accommodation should contact CBP at with subject ADA request, broker exam, early within the registration process, with appropriate documentation.

Withdrawals: While the Pearson Vue scheduling system may allow you to cancel your appointment, please be aware that any withdrawal request must go through CBP In order to receive a refund of the CBLE registration fee, the request MUST be handled through CBP and received by October 6, 2020. If you withdraw directly in the Pearson Vue scheduling system without a withdrawal request to CBP, you will NOT be reimbursed your CBLE registration fees.

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 The SUBJECT line must read: Future Exam Questions.

Last updated 2020-08-25