U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Economics and Statistics Administration
U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
APPLICATION FOR SEARCH OF CENSUS RECORDS
PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW CAREFULLY
This application is for use in requesting a search of census records.*
The U.S. Census Bureau’s records are arranged according to the
Copies of these census records often are accepted as evidence of age,
address at the time of the census. Censuses are taken primarily for
citizenship, and place of birth for employment, social security benefits,
statistical, not legal, purposes. Attention is called to the possibility that
insurance, and other purposes.
the information shown in the census record may not agree with that
given in your application. The record must be copied exactly as it
If the applicant is located, an official transcript will be provided
appears on the census form. The U.S. Census Bureau CANNOT
including the following information:
make changes even though it realizes that enumerators may have been
misinformed or made mistakes in writing down the data they collected.
Those agencies that accept census transcripts as evidence of age,
relationship, or place of birth usually overlook minor spelling
Personal Census Information
Available for census year(s)
differences but would be reluctant to consider a record that was
• Census year
changed years later at an applicant’s request.
• County where taken
• State where taken
If you authorize the U.S. Census Bureau to send your record to
someone other than yourself, you must provide the name and address,
• Relationship to head of
including ZIP Code, of the other person/agency.
• Name of person in whose
Birth certificates, including delayed birth certificates, are not issued by
the U.S. Census Bureau. You can obtain the birth certificate from the
household you were counted
Health Department or the Department of Vital Statistics of the state in
• Age at the time of the census
which the applicant was born.
• Date of birth
Year and quarter
The average time it should take you to fill out the BC-600, "Application for Search of Census
Month and year
Records", including the time spent reading instructions is 12 minutes.
Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of
information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to: Paperwork Project
0607--0117, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, AMSD-3K138, Washington, D.C.
• Place of birth
20233-1500. You may e-mail comments to Paperwork@census.gov; use "Paperwork Project
• Citizenship if requested
0607-0117" as the subject.
Respondents are not required to respond to any information collection unless it displays a
or if foreign born
valid approval number from the Office of Management and Budget. This 8-digit number
• Occupation (if requested)
appears in the top right corner of page 3 of this form.
* Information from 1930 and earlier censuses is public information and is available from the National Archives.
The completed application should be mailed to the U.S. Census Bureau, P.O. Box 1545, Jeffersonville, IN 47131, together with a
money order or check payable to "Commerce–Census."