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What is a zip code?


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If you are in the United States, your zip code is the 5 digit number at the end of your address.

ZIP (Zoning Improvement Plan) Code, which began on July 1, 1963. Faced with growing mail volumes, the Post Office developed the five-digit Zoning Improvement Plan code, or ZIP Code, as a way to quickly sort mail and speed its delivery. The first digit in the ZIP Code indicates a general geographic area of the nation, starting with "0" in the eastern U.S. to "9" to represent areas in the western U.S. The next two numbers in the ZIP Code represent regional areas, and the final two numbers identify specific post offices or postal zones.

Insurance companies use it as a locator for garaging addresses of a policyholder's vehicle. This is the place you park your car at night. The ZIP Code is used in the USA for specific location information.

If you are unsure what your zip code is, look at a piece of mail or contact your local city hall or post office.

An example of a zip code is a 5 digit number. For example, the zip code in Beverly Hills, CA is 90210. In Agawam, Massachusetts the zip code is 01001.

We often get this question from our international visitors. A zip code is the equivalent to Foreign Postal Codes. Each city or area has multiple ZIP codes, so it is important to know what your specific zip code is.

On our site, if you are a US or Candadian user enter your zip/postal code into the quote box and select 'Start Quote.'

If you are a visitor from the UK, please follow the link on our front page for UK Car Insurance visitors.

Please contact us if you are from any other country. We currently are adding partners from many countries.

ZIP+4 includes the five digits of the ZIP code, a hyphen and then four more digits. The +4 extension adds a more precise location than by the ZIP code alone. You can visit the United State Postal Service online to find out the full +4 zip code, if you can provide the full address.

 


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15 Responses to "What is a zip code?"
  1. Anonymous

    please provide a valid example of a zip code in Africa specifically Ghana.

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  2. Anonymous

    I dont know what Jamaica zip code is.

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  3. Anonymous

    to me it`s excelent question,,,but the reale question,is how about other country,,,like what is the zip code of iraq,,that our soldures are there?how about them?

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  4. Anonymous

    I KNOW HOW TO GET THE 5 DIGIT ZIP CODE--HOW DO I GET THE PLUS FOUR DIGIT? THANK YOU

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  5. Anonymous

    I ask what means zip code?

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  6. Anonymous

    What about other countries such as Jamaica

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  7. Anonymous

    I work at night every other week so do I give you the zip code of my employers address or my home address?

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  8. Anonymous

    If you gave me a zip code to use it would be a 10.

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  9. Anonymous

    THE REASON WHY IS BECAUSE I DON'T UNDERSTAND MUCH. I ASK FOR THE MEANING OF ZIP CODE AND IT CAME TO THIS. WELL I'M SORRY I SAID THAT, BUT IM BEING HONEST WITH YOU.

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  10. Anonymous

    what is a code

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  11. Anonymous

    not everybody understands your answer, especially as it does not relate to other developing countries

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  12. Anonymous

    It does not explain the 4 digit extension after the zip code.

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  13. Anonymous

    give an example of an zip code next time.

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  14. Anonymous

    What is St. Lucie's zip code?

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  15. Anonymous

    I still don't no what a zip code is

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