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What is a ZIP +4 Code?

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Jul 32012

What is a ZIP +4 Code?

What are those last four numbers in a nine-digit ZIP Code?  People  call and ask for the "Full ZIP Code", the "Last 4 Digits" of their ZIP Code, the "9 Digit ZIP Code", the "numbers after a ZIP Code", the "4 digit extension" and so on.  Even though they all mean the same thing, The U.S. Postal Service refers to these numbers as the "ZIP +4 Code".

To determine a ZIP +4 Code you will need to know an address. The last four digits are not specific to a city but to a street address or Post Office Box.

This is what an address looks like with the ZIP +4 Code:

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The first five digits identify the area of the country and the delivery office to which the mail is directed. ZIP Codes start with a zero (0) in the northeast and gradually get higher as you move west. ZIP Codes in the far west start with a nine (9).

zip 4 sample pic-1st 2 of plus4 The sixth and seventh digits point to a delivery sector, which may be several blocks, a group of streets, a group of Post Office boxes, several office buildings, a single high-rise office building, a large apartment building or a small geographic area. zip 4 sample pic-last 2 of plus4

The last two digits represent a delivery segment, which might be one floor of an office building, a side of a street, specific departments in an office, or specific Post Office boxes.

It's good to know your ZIP +4 Code. More and more companies are requiring it on paperwork and forms. The U.S.P.S. does not mandate that packages or letters need the +4 code. However, using the correct ZIP+4 reduces the number of times your mail is handled and can decrease the chance of a misdelivery or error. Click here to find your ZIP +4 Code! We are a licensed distributor of the U.S. Postal Service ZIP Code Data. If you are in need of a ZIP +4 Database, check out our U.S. ZIP+4 page. Our databases contain every street and address range in the U.S., along with the corresponding ZIP +4 Code.