Preparing for the Census Taker
What to do when a census taker visits you.
If you don't send back your form, you may receive a visit from a census taker. If a census taker visits you, here's what you should do:
- First ask to see their official government ID badge marked with their name, Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date. The census taker may also be carrying a "U.S. Census Bureau" bag. You may also ask them for a picture ID from another source to confirm their identity.
- The census taker will provide you with supervisor contact information and/or the Local Census Office phone number for verification, if asked. If you still are not certain about their identity, please call the Seattle Regional Census Center at (425) 908-3000 or the Census Bureau Call Center at 1-800-923-8282 to confirm they're employed by the Census Bureau.
- Answer the census form questions for your entire household (you must be at least 15 years old to answer questions) so that the census taker can record the results for submission to the Census Bureau The census taker will ONLY ask you the questions that appear on the census form.
Census takers visit local homes several times to capture resident information for the 2010 Census. If you prefer, you can schedule a visit with your census taker. Should the census taker come when you are away from your home, they will leave a contact number. If a census taker has not visited your home or you have a question about your participation with the census, please call the Seattle Regional Census Center at (425) 908-3000.
Most importantly, the Census Bureau will NEVER, under any circumstances, ask to enter your home; ask you for your social security number, bank account number, or credit card number; never solicit for donations; and will never contact you by e-mail.
Help For Non-English Speaking Respondents
Census takers will have a flashcards containing a sentence about the 2010 Census written in approximately 50 languages. If a resident doesn't speak English, the census taker shows the flashcards to the resident, and the resident points to the language he/she speaks. A census crew Leader will then reassign the case to a person who speaks that language.
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