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RAGLM Board > Announcements > Zip Code Suffix
11/25/2012 2:31:55 AM
SuffixReply: Cindy Ferry
When I asked about it years ago, I was told by the Perris Postmaster that it was the number which identified my address box so that not only the address number itself and the street name, but this four digit identifier put it at my box, on that street corner, especially now that so few of us get our mail delivered directly to our home mailbox
11/23/2012 8:27:40 PM
Answered?Reply: Nathan
Thank you ElaineW. This is a great explination. I hope this answers the question Tonette. I do believe ElaineW is correct here it is for sorting purposes.
11/23/2012 8:11:06 PM
Zip Code SuffixReply: ElaineW
Hi Tonette,

the basic five-digit code plus four additional digits to identify a geographic segment within the five-digit delivery area, such as a city block, a group of apartments, an individual high-volume receiver of mail or any other unit that could use an extra identifier to aid in efficient mail sorting and delivery.

They are mostly used by the sorting machines, but in rare cases, like when the machine has jammed and ripped off an address, it makes it so that the people at the post office and sort the letter (if the zip is still there) to the route and resident the letter belongs to.
11/23/2012 7:10:51 PM
4 digit zip codeReply: brutus
Nathan can look into it but I have been told the Mail Processing Facilities
uses this 4 digit code in processing/delivering the mail.   Steve White
11/23/2012 5:38:52 PM
Zip Code SuffixPost: Tonette
Nathan, we didn't discuss what our zip code suffixes signify. Mine is -8836. I wonder if this refers to a Lake Mathews area or something...

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