Everyone is required by law to complete the census. 

Each household will get, by post, their invitation to take part. This will have an access code to allow you to fill in your household's census return online.

If you haven't received a pack (letter and access code) by Wednesday 10 March, then you should either go online(external link opens in a new window / tab)  or call the census contact centre on 0800 328 2021 to order your census pack.

You don’t have to wait until 21 March, you can fill it in once you get the pack.

The census form is very easy to complete, taking less than 20 minutes.

Paper forms and help

While you are encouraged to complete your census return online, paper forms are still available if you need one. 

A paper form can be ordered by calling 0800 328 2021. 

Census teams will be available to advise anyone who needs additional support to fill in the census.

There is a range of accessibility and language support available on the census website.  This includes:

  • an easy-read information leaflet 
  • information videos in British and Irish Sign Language with voiceover and subtitles


  • details on how to order a large print questionnaire or Braille guidance booklet