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How to Identify a Census Employee?

If you are visited by someone from the Census Bureau, they may be a field representative working on a Census Bureau survey. The Census Bureau conducts over 100 surveys throughout the country every year.

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

  • The 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.
  • Field representatives conduct their work between the hours of 9am and 9pm, local time.

For Census Bureau surveys, 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 representative conducting a household survey you can enter their name in the Census Bureau’s staff directory search website, or contact the Regional Office for your state.

When in doubt, please call the Los Angeles Regional Office for verification at 1-800-992-3530. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time.

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Page Last Revised - September 19, 2022
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