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How to Identify a Census Employee?

If you are visited by someone from the Census Bureau, they may be working on a 2020 Census follow-up survey 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.

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 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 Philadelphia Regional Office for verification at 1-800-262-4236, press 1. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.


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