Moral Character

The October 2021 CBLE (Customs Broker License Exam) has been posted to the CBP website. The answer key and pass rate have not yet been posted. Here is one of the easier questions from the Broker Compliance category.

  1. Below are the basic requirements to obtain an individual broker’s license EXCEPT:
    A. Be a citizen of the United States
    B. Not be an employee of the Unites States government
    C. Be at least 18 years old at the time of submission of license application
    D. Be of good moral character
    E. Obtain a passing grade of 75% on the Customs Broker License Exam (CBLE)

The correct answer is C as applicants must be at least 21 years of age. It is well known that the exam is difficult to pass. How does CBP judge moral character? An extensive background investigation as noted by CBP:

Q:What does the background investigation include?
A:Each broker license applicant must undergo a background investigation that includes a fingerprint analysis and a review of character references, credit reports, and any arrest record. Arrests or convictions do not necessarily preclude the issuance of a license.