Character Matters

Applicants who passed the April 2022 CBLE (Customs Broker License Exam) are, no doubt, anxiously awaiting issuance of their license. This question from previous exams illustrates part of the process:

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. As for D how does CBP judge moral character? An extensive background investigation as noted by CBP:

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.

Licensed Customs Brokers are responsible for the assessment and potential collection of revenue for the United States in the form of duties and taxes. They must also ensure that they and their clients comply with the laws and regulations in all transactions. So the background check is more than a mere formality. Be patient applicants!