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What To Look For in the Mail

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The Census Bureau is no longer collecting responses to the 2020 Census. This page provided details for specific operations during the count.

You may receive multiple mailings for the 2020 Census this year, including an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census and follow-up postcards and letters. 

In mid-April, the Census Bureau began mailing the paper questionnaire to homes that have not yet responded online or by phone.

If you receive mail after you have already responded, you should disregard it; it was sent before we received your response.

Note: The Census Bureau will be conducting other surveys at the same time as the 2020 Census, so you may also receive other correspondence. If you have questions about another piece of mail you receive, visit Are You in a Survey?

What households will receive in the mail:

On or between March 12-20

Letter Invitation Group (English)

Letter Invitation Group (Bilingual English/ Spanish)

Letter Invitation and Paper Questionnaire Group (English)

Letter Invitation & Paper Questionnaire Group (Bilingual Eng/ Spanish)

On or between March 16-24

Letter Invitation Group (English)

Letter Invitation Group (Bilingual English/ Spanish)

Letter Invitation and Paper Questionnaire Group (English)

Letter Invitation & Paper Questionnaire Group (Bilingual Eng/ Spanish)

Every household that hasn’t already responded will receive additional reminders and will eventually receive a paper questionnaire.

What households that haven’t responded yet will receive in the mail:

On or between March 26-April 3

Letter Invitation Group (English)

Letter Invitation Group (Bilingual English/ Spanish)

Letter Invitation and Paper Questionnaire Group (English)

Letter Invitation & Paper Questionnaire Group (Bilingual Eng/ Spanish)

On or between April 8-30*

*Extended from April 8-16 to allow more time for addressing the mail packages in the midst of social distancing.

Letter Invitation Group (Bilingual English/ Spanish)

Letter Invitation and Paper Questionnaire Group (English)

Letter Invitation & Paper Questionnaire Group (Bilingual Eng/ Spanish)

On or between April 27-May 9*

*Pushed back from April 20-27 to allow the paper questionnaire package to arrive several days ahead of the final postcard.

Letter Invitation Group (English)

Letter Invitation Group (Bilingual English/ Spanish)

Letter Invitation and Paper Questionnaire Group (English)

Letter Invitation & Paper Questionnaire Group (Bilingual Eng/ Spanish)

On or between June 24-July 3*

*Postcards encouraging households to respond to 2020 Census sent to P.O. boxes

Letter Invitation Group (Bilingual English/ Spanish)

On or between July 22-28*

*Additional mailing to serve as a final reminder to households to respond before a census taker visits to collect their response.

On or between July 22-28*

*Additional mailing to serve as a final reminder to households to respond before a census taker visits to collect their response.

Letter Invitation Group (Bilingual English/ Spanish)