CBP is offering remote proctored Customs Broker License Exam to a limited number of examinees on a first come, first served basis. Remote proctoring is being offered in an effort to modernize the CBLE, in view of both current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to evaluate a remote examination’s potential to address the geographic coverage limitations of in-person examinations.
Examinees have to apply for approval from CBP to opt for the remote proctored exam. After ensuring that their testing system and testing area meet all the System Requirements and Testing Room Requirements, examinees MUST email CBLERemoteProctor@cbp.dhs.gov with the subject line “Remote Proctor Exam Option” with the following information as soon as possible, and no later than September 21, 2021:
• Full Name used for eCBP Registration (must match identification and proof of citizenship information).
• Receipt Number provided to the examinee in the eCBP registration confirmation email.
• Email Address used to provide a registration link to schedule the examination.
Remote proctoring allows the examinee the opportunity to take the CBLE in their home, or another private location, if their test environment meets certain conditions, requirements, and passes a system test prior to registration. Remote proctoring means a person (proctor) will observe the examinee via the computer camera throughout the exam, from sign-in through completion.
CBP will allow a maximum of 15 minutes of internet disconnection during the exam. The time is compounded, so if the examinee experiences multiple disconnections the time will be added together. This 15 minute allowed for internet disconnection will not be added to the allotted exam time of 4.5 hours.
In the event that the examinee loses internet connectivity, the proctor and examinee will work together to reconnect to the internet and access the exam before the allotted internet disconnection time is met. If the examinee cannot reconnect and access the exam due to connectivity issues, the exam will be terminated.
No exam refund nor a free exam will be provided if the exam is terminated due to an examinee’s loss of internet connectivity.
Electronic reference materials will be available within the exam. Examinees still have the option to bring and use their own paper reference materials if desired. A list of the APPROVED materials is as follows:
• Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (Basic Edition 2020) (HTSUS) Harmonized Tariff Schedule PDFs (usitc.gov)
• Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR 2020, revised as of April 1, 2020) (Parts 1 to Part 199)(CFR 0-140)(CFR 141-199) Code of Federal Regulations (Annual Edition) | govinfo
• ACE Entry Summary Instructions Version 2.4a ACE Entry Summary Instructions | U.S. Customs and Border Protection (cbp.gov)
• Right to Make Entry (RTME) Directive 3530-002A 3530-002A Right to Make Entry | U.S. Customs and Border Protection (cbp.gov)
• ACE Entry Summary Business Rules and Process Document (Trade-External) (ACE BRPD) (Version 10.5 – Section 1 through 12 only) March 2021 ACE Entry Summary Business Process | U.S. Customs and Border Protection (cbp.gov)
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.
ALL individuals must register for the exam through an online CBP broker examination registration portal at https://e.cbp.dhs.gov/ecbp/#/main, and submit a $390 required examination fee at that time. The portal will open for registration for the October 21, 2021 CBLE on August 23, 2021 and will close September 21, 2021.