Responding to the U.S. Census Without a Census ID

September 9, 2020

The 2020 Census is the first time that the public can respond online or by phone, in addition to the traditional paper response. Technology improvements over the last decade that allow for these secure response options also enable the public to respond without a U.S. Census Bureau-issued identification number—making it easier to respond anytime, anywhere. By now, most households have received an invitation in the mail to participate in the 2020 Census. That invitation includes a unique Census ID that links you to a physical address. But you can also respond online or by phone without a Census ID. 

How do I respond without an ID?

On the 2020 Census response web site, select the link under the login button that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” 

Can I respond online without an ID on any device or browser?

Yes. Responding online without an ID works on most modern devices. For best results, use the two latest versions of the following browsers: Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Samsung Native.

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