Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long do I have to complete the Census?
    Self-response (online, phone and mail) will be open through September 30.
  • When will Census workers start visiting homes?
    Census workers will start visiting homes that have not responded August 11– September 30.
  • How can I verify someone is a Census worker?
    First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a US Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date. If you still have questions about their identity, you can contact our Atlanta Regional Census Center to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
    • How can I avoid a Census taker coming to my home?
      The best way to avoid a visit is to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire online, over the phone or by mail as soon as you receive your invitation to participate.
    • What happens if I lose my Census 2020 mailer?
      If you do not have the unique ID that is listed on the mailed invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you can complete your questionnaire here by using your street address.
    • What is the role of the local vs. federal government?
      The census is executed in collaboration between federal, state and local governments, in partnership with cities and community partners. The funding of census efforts is likewise shared. The Census Bureau, which is funded by Congress, is ultimately responsible for conducting Census 2020. Local efforts are focused on education, awareness and promotion of Census 2020.
    • Will you come talk to my organization, group or club?
      Yes! We are more than happy to speak to local groups about Census 2020. Just email us at to set up a time.

    You can find contact information for our regional Census Bureau office here.

    View the U.S. Census Bureau’s most popular FAQs here.