Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in March. These official Census Bureau mailings included detailed information and a Census ID for completing the census online.
In mid-April, the Census Bureau began mailing paper questionnaires to homes that have not yet responded online or by phone.
To see a sample copy of the paper questionnaire, and for more information on answering each question, please visit Questions Asked.
There are several ways you can confirm that the 2020 Census questionnaire you received is legitimate:
The Census Bureau will never ask you for:
In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party. To learn more, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.
Bilingual invitations and paper questionnaires in English and Spanish will be sent to select areas of the country.
To help you respond, the Census Bureau also offers webpages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print. Visit Language Support to learn more.
If you need to make a correction to a response on your paper questionnaire, carefully draw a line through the incorrect entry. Then, write the correct information as close as possible to what you crossed out.
If you checked the wrong box, just draw a line through it and mark the correct box for the question.
You cannot make changes to your questionnaire once you have mailed it back. If you have serious concerns about your response, you can complete the questionnaire again online.
Yes. If you have more than six people in your household, you can give the name, sex, age, date of birth, and relationship for up to four additional people on the last page of your questionnaire. If you have more than 10 people in your household, you can use the online form.
If you have not already responded to the 2020 Census online or by phone, you may receive a paper questionnaire. Paper questionnaires will be mailed in April.
Note, some remote areas may receive their paper questionnaires from Census Takers. However, 2020 Census field operations are currently delayed due to the evolving COVID-19 crisis. If you don't want to wait, you can respond online or by phone.