BELper residents should start to see their 2011 census forms dropping through the letterboxes.
The mailing process started last week and is one of the biggest single mail-outs the Royal Mail has ever handled.
By census day on Sunday, March 27, every household in Belper should have received the distinctive purple and white envelopes.
2011 census director Glen Watson said: “People should look out for the purple and white envelope landing on their doormat in the next two weeks. Now that the forms are being mailed out we’re in great shape for the 2011 Census. Once people get their form they can, if they prefer, fill it in online by going to www.census.gov.uk.
“This will be quicker and it’s better for us because we won’t need to scan the forms and decipher all that handwriting.
“Of course if people want, they can still do it by hand. Completing the census form promptly and sending it back to us means no-one will have to knock on your door to remind you.
“Census statistics enable the authorities in England and Wales to plan properly for the future for school places, housing, roads, emergency services and a host of other local services.
Royal Mail’s Director of Field Operations,Paul Tolhurst said: “This is one of the single biggest postings Royal Mail will have dealt with and we are confident we can rise to the challenges it presents.”