City of Prior Lake, MN
City of Prior Lake, MN

Police Remind Residents How to Identify Census Bureau Employee

The official census day is April 1, 2020. In mid-March, the Census Bureau will be sending out information in the mail outlining how people can respond to the 2020 Census. US law requires all US residents to respond to the survey. Citizens can respond to the Census either by mail, phone, or on-line. Failure to do so may result in a follow-up visit by a Census Bureau employee.

There may be a need to send Census Bureau employees to certain neighborhoods to conduct these follow-up surveys. If someone comes to your home and states they are from the US Census Bureau, check to see if they have a valid Census Bureau ID card. The card will have their photograph, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. They may also be carrying a laptop or other items with the Census Bureau logo on them.  

If you still have questions about their identity, you can call the Regional Census Center at (312)579-1500 to verify the person is a legitimate Census Bureau employee. If you find that the person that came to your door was not a Census Bureau employee, you can contact the Prior Lake Police Department. Never give out any sensitive financial information.  The Census Bureau will also never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card account number, and they will not ask for donations. We also want to make sure people know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited e-mails asking them to participate in the Census or asking for financial account information.

There are different components of the survey that will be conducted throughout the year. Most visits to residences will be around April or May, but the Post Enumerator Survey will begin this month. People might start seeing Census Bureau employees in their area as soon as January 16th, 2020.