It’s Not Too Late to Submit Your Census Form. Here’s How to Do It Now.


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By Araceli Cruz

October 14, 2020

The Supreme Court ruled the 2020 census deadline is now Oct. 15 instead of Oct. 31. Here’s how to submit the census form before the deadline.

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court sided with the Trump Administration and changed the 2020 census deadline to Oct. 15. So, what does this mean for you? If you have not filled out the 2020 census, you have one more day to file it. 

Click here to file it now.

Here’s How to File Your 2020 Census Before the Deadline:

File Your 2020 Census by Internet

Self-response will be available across the nation through Oct. 15, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST), (6:00 a.m. EDT on Oct. 16, 2020).

Visit to respond now.

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File Your 2020 Census by Phone

Phone response will be available for its regularly scheduled time on Oct. 15, 2020. Click here for a schedule and a list of numbers. The phone numbers are also listed below:

Customer service representatives are available every day from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern time on the following phone lines:

  • English (for 50 states and Washington, DC): 844-330-2020
  • Spanish (for 50 states and Washington, DC): 844-468-2020
  • English (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-418-2020
  • Spanish (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-426-2020
  • TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020

File Your 2020 Census by Mail

Paper responses must be postmarked by Oct. 15, 2020. Mail to: 

U.S. Census Bureau
National Processing Center
100 Logistics Avenue
Jeffersonville, IN 47144

The enclosed envelope for mailing the completed paper questionnaire will be addressed to either Jeffersonville, Indiana, or Phoenix, Arizona, where the Census Bureau has mail processing centers.

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The US Census Bureau reports that 99.9% of housing units have been accounted for in the 2020 census. However, 1% of households that have not filled out a census form can account for millions of people.  

Who should fill out the census? Everyone living in the United States should fill out a census form. The head of the household should account for everyone living in the home. 

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According to the US Census Bureau: If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone living there as of Apr. 1, 2020. This includes anyone—related or unrelated to you—who lives and sleeps at your home most of the time.

Please be sure to count roommates, young children, newborns, and anyone renting a space in your home. If someone is staying in your home on Apr. 1 and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 census.

If someone, such as a college student, is living with you temporarily due to the COVID-19 situation, they should be counted where they ordinarily would be living on Apr. 1, 2020.




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