- How do I use Postcodes Online?
- How do I search for a postcode?
- How do I search by premises?
- How do I search by street?
- How do I search by town?
- How do I make wildcard searches?
- My newly built house is not listed
- The address/postcode I am looking for is not listed
- English/Welsh Addresses
- Why is registration required for Postcode and Address finder?
- Why do you limit the number of searches I can carry out?
- What can I do if I regularly need to carry out more than the permitted number of searches?
- Why does the correct address matter?
- What is a postal address?
- What is a correct address?
- Typing the address?
- What is a postcode?
- Further help
How do I use Postcodes Online?
This service enables you to find any postcode or address within the UK. All you need to do is enter address details and the postcodes Finder will do the rest for you. Similarly, if you do not know the address, but you have the postcode, Address Finder can help you.
Some general tips:
- Address finder searches are always faster than Postcode Finder searches.
- You can input part-postcodes into the Town field if you are searching in London, eg, London E1.
- Premises only searches are NOT permitted.
- Town only searches are NOT permitted.
- Building number (Premises) and Town searches are NOT permitted (e.g. 10, London is NOT permitted but 10a, London and 10-12, London are permitted).
- Abbreviate the Street type to speed up entry - see Street list.
- If your search is unsuccessful, try entering less information. Alternatively, instead of the town or village name you’ve used, try entering the name of a large town near to the address you need.
How do I search for a postcode?
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- Premises and Street
- Premises and Town
- Premises, Street and Town
- Street only
- Street and Town
- Click Search to start the search.
How do I search by premises?
You need to input up to a maximum of two items from the premises column, and at least one from the address column.
Premises Address Organisation/Business Street House/Building Number Town House/Building Name Postcode PO Box (including number)
How do I search by street?
Please enter up to two elements (separated by a comma) in this field. You can search by street only, or in conjunction with Premises and/or Town.
You can also use the following abbreviations:
Av or Ave Avenue La Lane Cl Close Pde Parade Cres Crescent Pk Park Ct Court Pl Place Dr Drive Rd Road Est Estate Sq Square Gdns Gardens St Street Gr Grove Ter Terrace
How do I search by town?
Please enter up to three elements, separated by a comma, in this field. If your search is unsuccessful, try entering less information. Alternatively, instead of the town or village name you’ve used, try entering the name of a large town near to the address sought.
You will also need to enter Premises and/or Street. You may enter a district, village, town, city or offshore island name (e.g. Jersey).
Postcodes Finder cannot search with just a county name in the town field. You can also use wildcards.
How do I make wildcard searches?
You can use wildcards (*) if you are unsure of the address spelling or wish to broaden a search.
SEARCH FOR RESULTS
Pet* Pet Supplies Peters Fish Market etc. High* High Street High Road Highfield Lane Highbury Road etc. Spar* Sparkhill, BIRMINGHAM Sparkbrook, BIRMINGHAM Sparkford, YEOVIL etc. So that you do not get too many results, you cannot use a wildcard at the start or within the text of any Premises, Street or Town (e.g. Man*ter, Hi*ton).
My newly built house is not listed
If you have moved into a newly built house and your address or postcode is not listed, please use our enquiry form to let us know.Back to top
The address/postcode I am looking for is not listed
If you are unable to find an address or postcode and would like your enquiry to be validated, please use our enquiry form.Back to top
If an address is within Wales, two versions of the address may be held on the database. Welsh alternatives will only be held when they have been verified by the Local Authority concerned and are physically displayed on road signs. Please note that Welsh information is only available for street names and towns.
If when you use the English/Welsh button the data displayed does not change, then only one version of that information is available.
The address displayed will depend on which language is shown in bold on the language button. For instance, if a Welsh search is made but the language button is set to English, then the English version of the address will be returned if one is held on the database.
Why is registration required for Postcode and Address finder?
Postcodes On Line has been designed to enable people to look up postcodes - or check addresses - on an occasional basis. The registration system lets us control access to it and limit the number of searches that can be performed in a given period. This ensures that the service our customers receive isn’t compromised by some users carrying out large numbers of enquiries.
Why do you limit the number of searches I can carry out?
Postcodes On Line has been designed to enable people to look up postcodes – or check addresses – on an occasional basis. Restricting the number of searches that can be performed in a given period means that the service our customers receive isn’t compromised by a few users carrying out large numbers of enquiries. Our research has shown that visitors to our site typically conduct 4 or 5 searches, so the restriction we employ will have no effect on the majority of users.
What can I do if I regularly need to carry out more than the permitted number of searches?
There are many products on the market that have been designed to meet the needs of those who wish to carry out more sophisticated or numerous searches. If you would like to find out more about these, you can do so by following the links on the Postcode Finder search screen to licensed resellers or Address Management. Details of these are available on Royal Mail’s website or by calling 08456 039038.
Why does the correct address matter?
Whatever you send through the post, whether it's business mail or a holiday postcard - it's important you use the right postal address, including the full postcode. When you get it right, it helps us to get it there.
Correctly addressed mail passes through our automated systems quickly and efficiently. And, if you're a business which posts a great deal of mail at once, you can even save money.
What is a postal address?
Royal Mail has an exact postal address for every delivery point in the UK. This address is constructed to help us sort and route your mail efficiently - it does not necessarily give an accurate geographical or administrative description of the destination.
What is a correct address?
A correct address is made up of the following elements:-
3 High St Number and Street Name Hedle End Locality Name (if required) SOUTHAMPTON Post Town (please print in capitals) SO31 4NG Postcode (please print in capitals, in full, and on a separate line) (You do not need to include a County name if the Post Town and Postcode are used)
Typing the address?
If you are typing the address, please do not use an italic typeface or one that resembles calligraphy. A sans serif type is best, especially typescript. Please use black type between 8 and 27 point (10 to 15 is ideal). The best typefaces to use are:-
Courier, Courier New, Arial, Avant Garde, Franklin Gothic, Geneva, Helvetica or Univers.
What is a postcode?
The postcode is essential for everything you send. Please make sure you use the full, up-to-date and correct postcode.Back to top
A postcode tells us how to route the mail. Each postcode pinpoints on average, 15 addresses.
A postcode is made up of two parts-see the example below of SO31 4NG:-
Outward Code e.g. SO31
SO= The postcode area. One or two alpha characters which identify the main office through which the mail will be processed.
31= The postcode District. One or two characters usually numeric except in central London. These normally relate to areas covered by the Delivery Office.
Inward Code e.g. 4NG
4= The Sector. A number that defines a neighbourhood within a district.
NG= The Unit code. Two letters which identify the group of approximately 15 addresses.
If you have a question about postcode or address information or are interested in address management products you can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our opening hours are 8.00 - 5.00 Monday to Friday.
Your enquiry will be dealt with as speedily as possible.