Frequently Asked Questions

  • What You Need to Know About CNMI WCC
  • Click here for the handbook on the CNMI Workers' Compensation Program

  • We are a non profit organization, are we exempt from CNMI Taxes?
  • Generally, all non-profit organizations are subject to all applicable CNMI taxes unless the organization applies for and is granted tax-exempt status by the CNMI Division of Revenue and Taxation.
    For more information on Tax-Exemption in the CNMI, click here.

  • How long is a government issued check valid for?
  • Government issued checks are valid for ONE YEAR from the check’s print date.

  • What do I do when my check has been damaged, stolen, or lost?
  • Depending on what type of check, there are steps to be taken in order to rectify the matter. Contact our office immediately.

  • How long does it take for checks to reach my post office box when it’s been mailed?
  • Once checks are mailed out to respective post office boxes, we advise recipients to allow a minimum of two weeks for post office staff to distribute.

  • How can I find out what the status is of my payment?
  • We are able to assist you via phone, fax, regular mail, or email upon receipt of proper identification.

  • What are locations of cashier stations?
  • There are several cashier stations:

    • Capitol Hill, Saipan – Building 1322 (Main Cashier Station)
    • Susupe, Saipan – (BMV Building – Registration Section)
    • DanDan, Saipan – (Joeten DanDan Building – Revenue & Taxation)
    • Susupe, Saipan – (Guma Hustisia – Superior Court Building)

  • Can I pay my BGRT at all cashier points?
  • Unfortunately, BGRT payments are ONLY accepted at the Revenue & Taxation cashier stations.

  • Do all cashier stations accept credit/debit cards?
  • Yes, all cashier stations accept credit/debit cards. STRICTLY MasterCard or VISA.

  • What must I declare upon entry?
  • Before you arrive in the CNMI, you will receive a CNMI Customs Declaration Form from your Airline/Shipping Agent or from flight attendants of aircraft or ship officials. Complete the form to the best of your ability.

  • Are there import restrictions when arriving in the CNMI?
  • Yes. Controlled substances, obscene articles, and toxic substances are generally prohibited entry. If you are importing a firearm or ammunition, you must prove that you are licensed to carry and use a firearm; also, only ten (10) rounds of ammunition is allowed for import. For a full list of contraband items, please click here.

    For the full regulation regarding the use (and import) of firearms and ammunition in the CNMI, read SAFE Act (PL 19-42) and SAFE II (PL 19-73) Possession & Management of Firearms

  • Can I bring in food as a traveler (fruit, cheese, meat, etc.)?
  • You may bring in processed and/or pre-packaged food items. However, you must declare all food products. Failure to declare food products can result in thousands of dollars in fines and penalties.

    Meat, milk, egg, poultry, and their products, including products made with these materials, such as dried soup mix or bouillon, are either prohibited or restricted from entering the United States, depending on the types of animal diseases which occur in the country of origin. Fresh (chilled or frozen), dried, cured, and fully cooked meat is generally prohibited from most countries.

    Dept of Lands & Natural Resources - Division of Agriculture-Quarantine is responsible for enforcing all things agricultural. To know more about allowable or prohibited food and drink products, please call 670-288-1046.

  • Can I bring in cigarette and/or tobacco and alcohol products?
  • A traveler may import tobacco products and alcoholic beverages free of Customs duty provided that: traveler is not less than 18 years of age; goods are not for sale; goods are accompanied by the traveler at the time of final disembarkation; goods are not being carried on behalf of any other person or persons.

    Cigarettes, Cigars, Tobacco Allowances (Normal Passenger Allowance)

    • Cigarettes that comply with the Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act shall not exceed 3 Cartons (30 packages of 20 cigarettes per package)
    • Cigarettes that do not comply with the Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act shall not exceed 1 carton (10 packages of 20 cigarettes per package)
    • Cigars not exceeding 1 pound
    • Tobacco not exceeding 1 pound or
    • Any combination of the above but not exceeding 1-pound net weight

    Alcoholic Beverages
    • Distilled alcoholic beverages not to exceed 77 ounces or
    • Wine not to exceed 128 ounces or
    • Beer or other malt beverage not to exceed 288 fluid ounces
    • Any combination of the above provided that it does not exceed the equivalent quantity under distilled alcoholic beverages, wine, and beer or other malt beverages.
  • How can I view the most recent regulations for tax rates and other import provisions?
  • Excise Tax Rate Table can be found on our Customs Import Requirements page.

    To learn about the applicable excise tax rates, container rates, as well as other Customs entry procedures for passengers and/or container/cargo inspections, click here.