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Responding Online

The 2020 Census is happening now! You can respond online using your computer, phone, or tablet. You can also respond by phone or by mail.


Getting Started

You can respond to the 2020 Census by visiting our online questionnaire.


The 2020 Census is for everyone. 



If you are responding online, please note that you cannot save your progress and that you must complete the census in one sitting. (You can preview the questions asked here.)

Language Support

You can complete the online questionnaire in the following languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.

To help you respond, the Census Bureau also offers web pages 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.



Your Unique Census ID

The quickest way to respond to the 2020 Census is online with your Census ID, which easily links your response with your address. However, you can still respond if you don't have a Census ID. 

Your Census ID can be found on the letter or questionnaire you receive from the Census Bureau. These mailings began arriving between March 12-20. After clicking the "Start Questionnaire" button on the online form, you will be prompted to enter your Census ID.

By April 1, most homes will have received an invitation to respond. Homes that have not already responded will receive a paper questionnaire in mid-April.

From May through July, census takers will follow up in person with every home that has not responded to the census. 

Trouble Finding Your Census ID?

Your Census ID can be found on the letter or questionnaire you receive from the Census Bureau. All Census IDs have 12 characters (letters and numbers). These census mailings are marked with the 2020 Census logo and show the U.S. Department of Commerce in the return address.

Visit What To Look for in the Mail to see images of where the ID is located on different Census Bureau mailings.

If you have not received anything from the Census Bureau yet, you can still respond online. Visit the online form and select “Start Questionnaire.” Below the ID field, click the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”

Confirm That Your Form Is Complete

Once you complete your questionnaire online, a confirmation number will appear to indicate that your response was submitted successfully.

If you do not see a confirmation page, return to the online questionnaire and resubmit.

Ready to get started?



Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, you still have the option of responding online. Visit the online questionnaire to begin.

If you feel you have made a mistake, you can return to the online questionnaire and resubmit your information. The Census Bureau has procedures in place to resolve duplicate submissions.

The Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. All online responses are encrypted to protect your privacy. To learn more, please visit How the Census Bureau Protects Your Data.

Yes. If you have more than six people in your home, 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 home, you can use the online form.   

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