USPS Address Verify & Validate

General

These tools will allow you to both verify an address is a deliverable USPS address (Verify), and standardize the address format consistent with the USPS database (Validate). These tools are accessible in a few areas of the software. You can find them on: 

  1. The Contact & Personal Information summary page of a customer file, you can click on the Verify or Validate   icons next to the Customer’s Address. 
  2. The Customer Tools tab inside a customer file.

USPS Address Verification

Clicking verify will submit a request through our integration with the USPS database to check if the provided address is a USPS deliverable mailing address. If the address is found in the USPS database, the Verify icon will change to  . If the address is not found, an error will be displayed.

USPS Address Validation

Clicking validate  standardizes the format of the address. In the provided example the following address is submitted:

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington DC 20500 USA

After USPS standardization you are prompted to accept the address in the following form:

1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW

WASHINGTON DC 20500-0003 USA

If you click Save then it will update the Customer address that you’ve verified to the standardized address with its formatting.

If you click  then it will not update the address to standardized formatting & abbreviations as recommended by USPS.

Common Uses

  • Incomplete or Fake Address – This tool will use the USPS address database to verify that the address is a deliverable address. If it is a new address it’s possible that it won’t be found in the USPS database.
  • Apartment Complex – Missing the Unit number. Often a customer will provide their address but not a unit number. This will cause a difficulty in delivering mail to that customer. This tool will notify you if the address is for an apartment complex and if the unit number is missing.
  • Incomplete ZIP Code – Add the complete nine-digit ZIP code.
  • Case Formatting – As seen in the example above this tool will provide USPS accepted & recommended case formatting. This also helps to keep your data clean with a standard format for case values.
  • Standard Abbreviations –  http://pe.usps.gov/text/pub28/28apc_003.htm

Description

Approved Abbreviation

Apartment

APT

Basement

BSMT**

Blank, unable to determine*

Building

BLDG

Department

DEPT

Floor

FL

Front

FRNT**

Hanger

HNGR

Key

KEY

Lobby

LBBY**

Lot

LOT

Lower

LOWR**

Office

OFC**

Penthouse

PH**

Pier

PIER

Rear

REAR**

Room

RM

Side

SIDE**

Slip

SLIP

Space

SPC

Stop

STOP

Suite

STE

Trailer

TRLR

Unit

UNIT

Upper

UPPR**

* Requires the pound sign (#) to be used on the mailpiece.

** Does not require a Secondary RANGE to follow.


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