Question about Postal Codes 4 digits at end, like 92024-3621

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  1. Hamburgerpimp

    Hamburgerpimp Diamond Member

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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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  3. Nohr

    Nohr Diamond Member

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    From the Zip Code FAQ at USPS.com:

     
  4. ElFenix

    ElFenix Elite Member<br> Super Moderator<br>Off Topic
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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.
     
  5. Moonbeam

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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.
     
  6. ChefJoe

    ChefJoe Platinum Member

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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.
     
  7. RossMAN

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    Same here, my last 4 of my zip are the last 4 of my PO Box.
     
  8. vegetation

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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.