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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Chuck C, Sep 24, 2002.
44139-4067...what's the 4067 all about?
The zip+4 system further narrows down your address to the street and sometimes what part of the street to make it easier for the post office to sort your mail.
Todd beat me to it. You can lookup a Zip+4 address just by your street number and street so obviously there is a method to this madness but I am not familiar with that stuff.
It's just to make it easier for those lazy mailmen!
From the USPS website:
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.
What I hate are online order forms which have not accommodated the extra 4 digits and are locked to 5 spaces. It totally goes against the concept of trying to help the postal system be more efficient.
I've been told by one of my mail-sorter friends, that the +4 slows down mail delivery for the average, low-volume citizen. Something about being routed through a different system.
It helps the government know which "Happy Camp" to send you to in the event of the next civil war.
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The first two digits can signify your region, i.e. 07 is north jersey while 08 is south jersey so you can tell the region/state by the first two digits.
And of course, there is the USPS Zip lookup utility here:
Technically, all you need to mail something is the nine-digit zip.
At least it used to work. Back when they first implemented it, I sent a test letter to a friend and only put the Zip+4 on the front of the envelope. It got to it's destination with no discernable delay.
When I had a P.O. Box, the +4 digit was the same as my box number.