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How to Identity a Census Worker

How to identify a census taker or Census Bureau field representative

If you are visited by someone from the Census Bureau, they may be working on the 2020 Census or one of our other surveys. The Census Bureau conducts over 100 surveys throughout the country in addition to the decennial census.

Here are some ways you can verify an individual is a Census Bureau employee:

  • The census taker or field representative will present an ID badge that includes:
    • their name,
    • their photograph,
    • a Department of Commerce watermark, and
    • an expiration date.
  • They will have an official bag and Census Bureau-issued electronic device, such as a laptop or smartphone, bearing the Census Bureau logo.
  • Census takers and field representatives will conduct their work between the hours of 9am and 9pm, local time.
  • Census representatives will be at local organizations and community events with computer tablets to help individuals respond online to the 2020 Census.

To learn more about a census taker visiting on behalf of the 2020 Census, please see information about Avoiding Fraud and Scams. The best way to avoid being visited at home by a census taker, or enumerator, is to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Census takers for the 2020 Census report to their local Regional Census Centers. Please contact your local Regional Census Center if you have questions about the 2020 Census or local census takers.

For Census Bureau surveys other than the 2020 Census, Census Bureau field representatives report to one of six Regional Offices across the country. If you wish to independently confirm that the person at your door is a Census Bureau field representatives conducting a household survey other than the 2020 Census you can enter their name in the Census Bureau’s staff search website, or contact the Regional Office for your state.

When in doubt, please call the Boston Regional Office for verification at:

 

Call Center: 301-763-INFO (4636) or 800-923-8282 or ask.census.gov

TDD: TTY users can dial 1-800-877-8339 to use the Federal Relay Service

News media: 301-763-3030 or pio@census.gov
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Mailing Address:

Via U.S. Postal Service (USPS):
U.S. Census Bureau
4600 Silver Hill Road
Washington, DC 20233

Via private carriers (FedEx, DHL, UPS, couriers and suppliers):
U.S. Census Bureau
4600 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746

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Regional Contacts

Regional contact information for the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Respondent Advocate

If you are with a congressional office or have not yet found a resolution to your concern, contact the Office of the Respondent Advocate.

Other Contacts

Other contact information for the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Avoiding Fraudulent Activity and Scams

Click here to learn about “phishing” and other scams. What things do we never ask for? We offer tips to help you protect your information.