No 2020 Census ID? No problem!

(Article from the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism)

The Census Bureau has made it easier than ever to respond to the decennial census. You can respond online, by phone or by mail. Starting March 12, 2020 the Census Bureau mailed invitation letters to complete the Census. This letter includes a 12-digit census ID code (see a sample here). The invitation instructs you to go to, click “start questionnaire,” enter their census ID, and then answer the household questionnaire.

The Census Bureau can only mail the invitations to homes that receive mail at their physical addresses.  For people that receive their mail in a PO Box, the invitations are hand-delivered in an operation called Update Leave.  In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Census Bureau is delaying their 2020 Census operations. This means that many households across the state haven’t received their invitations yet.  Invitations will be delivered once operations are able to start again, but you don’t have to wait to fill out your census form!

If you don’t have your census ID, you can still fill out your census form online or over the phone by using your physical address, your rural route number, or your 911 emergency address.

To respond online, go to  Once you’ve started the questionnaire, follow the link that says “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”  You can also fill out your questionnaire over the phone, even if you don’t have your invitation, by calling 1-844-330-2020 toll-free.

Click here to download the PDF-version of the guide below.