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Old 09-21-2002, 05:01 PM   #1
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Default Question about Postal Codes 4 digits at end, like 92024-3621

I've always wondered about this, my postal code is 92024-3621. Does mail get delivered faster if you put the 4 digits at the end? If not, then what are they for?
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Old 09-21-2002, 05:02 PM   #2
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I've always wondered about this, my postal code is 92024-3621. Does mail get delivered faster if you put the 4 digits at the end? If not, then what are they for?
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Old 09-21-2002, 05:08 PM   #3
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From the Zip Code FAQ at USPS.com:

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Why are ZIP+4 Codes used?
In 1983, the Postal Service began using an expanded ZIP Code called "ZIP+4." A ZIP+4 Code consists of the original 5-digit ZIP Code plus a 4-digit add-on code. The 4-digit add-on number identifies a geographic segment within the 5-digit delivery area, such as a city block, office building, individual high-volume receiver of mail, or any other unit that would aid efficient mail sorting and delivery.

Use of the 4-digit add-on is not mandatory, but it helps the Postal Service direct mail more efficiently and accurately because it reduces handling and significantly decreases the potential for human error and possibility of misdelivery. It also will lead to better control over USPS costs and, in turn, postage rate stability.

ZIP+4 is intended for use primarily by business mailers who prepare their mail with typewritten, machine-printed, or computerized addressing formats that can be read by the Postal Service's automated scanners during processing. Mailers who qualify receive a rate discount on First-Class, non-presorted, ZIP+4 mailings of at least 250 pieces and on presorted ZIP+4 mailings of at least 500 pieces. There are also ZIP+4 discounts for bulk business mail.
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Old 09-21-2002, 05:10 PM   #4
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the +4 was my po box number

78713-7335

i always wondered that if i just write that and stamp it if it would get to me. never tried though.
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Old 09-21-2002, 05:20 PM   #5
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Theoretically it can. Mail is sorted by optical readers that can read print and lots of hand writing. The mail is barcoded at that point so it can be read by less sophisticated machines. Depending on how deep, five or nine diget, the machines barcode at that point, And I don't know how many, may determine how many steps your letter may need to go through after that point. The five digets determine state and city or part of a city. The four extra digets are for streets, sides of streets, portions of a block, appartment buildings or even a single large business address. But mail had a day delivery guarantee depending on distance that well over 90% of mail gets to regularly. Local, for example is next day if mailed before 5pm at least in my area.
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Old 09-21-2002, 07:31 PM   #6
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Whenever I address something, I look up the extra 4 digits and hope that it means faster. Might even help when I have confusing handwriting.

http://www.semaphorecorp.com/cgi/form.html it's real simple to use.
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Old 09-22-2002, 06:11 PM   #7
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the +4 was my po box number

78713-7335

i always wondered that if i just write that and stamp it if it would get to me. never tried though.
Same here, my last 4 of my zip are the last 4 of my PO Box.
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Old 09-22-2002, 08:27 PM   #8
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I haven't noticed it ever being any faster, but I'm sure it saves a nearly illegible handwritten address from being undeliverable. They can better match up the street address if you have the +4 on it.

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