Customs brokers are licensed in the United States. To obtain a customs broker license, the applicant must pay a fee and take an examination.
Depending on a variety of factors, a customs broker license can take as long as one year to receive. There is also an appeal process for applicants who feel their test scores were wrong or whose applications are denied by the licensing authority.
The open-book exam tests the applicant's knowledge of tariffs, federal regulations and regulations directly related to work as a customs broker.