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Questions about how addressing is done, posting an address, obtaining an address, etc.

Will I have to put up a sign showing my house number once I receive my new address?

Yes. In order for emergency personnel to find your structure it is important that this number be posted on the structure or mailbox or preferably both. This number can be placed on a sign that is located in front of this structure and that is visible from the road. The numbers should be at least 3 inches in height with a contrasting background and be easily seen from the road. This will enable emergency personnel to rapidly locate this structure and cut down on any delays on help arriving to you. 

When do I begin using my 9-1-1 address?

Please start using your address immediately. The Postal Service will continue to deliver to your old address for a period of up to one year after you are issued a 9-1-1 address. To assist emergency personnel, post your 9-1-1 numbers at the entrance to your driveway or house or BOTH. 

Can I get a list of names and addresses?

NO. We do not give out names and addresses to the general public. This information is shared with public service agencies, but only for their official duties.

I do not receive mail at my structure, why do I still need a 9-1-1 address?

9-1-1 needs to have a locatable address for every structure that could potentially call 9-1-1. Even if you receive mail at a Post Office Box or from another location you must still have a 9-1-1 address so you can be located in an emergency. Your 9-1-1 address is also used for package delivery services.


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