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Postal ZIP Zones and Zone Charts
UPDATED: May 1, 2018
Postal Zones are based on the distance a mail piece travels from origination to destination. These distances create specific zones, determined by United States Postal Service - see Domestic USPS® - Get Zone Chart.
The first 3 digits (or prefix) of your origination ZIP Code and your destination ZIP Code determine the shipping zone for your mail piece. For example, the prefix for ZIP Code 67679 is 676.
Get a USPS Domestic Zone Chart - online tool (first tab)
- Enter the first 3 digits (or prefix) of the originating ZIP Code into the field
- Select Submit
- Find the first 3 digits of the destination ZIP Code and the corresponding range and Zone.
Example: for ZIP Code 06484
- The prefix for 06484 (064) falls within range 060-065.
- Your mail piece is Zone 1.
Get a USPS Domestic Zone for ZIP Code Pair - online tool (second tab)
- Enter the From and To ZIP Codes in the appropriate fields
- Select Submit, and the Zone is displayed
Example: for ZIP Codes 'From' 06484 and 'To' 54173.
The destination ZIP code 06484
- The prefix for 06484 (064) falls within the 010 - 065 range
- Your mail piece should go to Zone 6
Entering the Correct Zone for Your Mail
Follow these instructions to obtain a Zone to enter on your meter:
- If the class of mail requires a ZIP Code or Zone to be entered, your system will prompt you to enter one.
- Go to USPS Postal Zone Charts and enter the first three digits of your ZIP code to get your updated Zone chart.
- Find the destination ZIP Code (the first three digits of the ZIP Code you are mailing to) on the chart in order to determine the Zone.
- Enter the single digit Zone (1-8) you found on the chart into your meter when prompted for a ZIP Code or Zone.
IMPORTANT: USPS Rate Changes can include ZIP and Zone changes. On some meters the Zip Code entry includes both numbers and letters; meters include: DM100i®--DM225™, mailstation™ and mailstation2™.
Eight USPS Zones measure the distance from a mailer's location to the receiver's location. The mailer's local ZIP code is always the starting point. As shown in the following graphic, zones increase from one (1) through eight (8) as the mailing address gets farther away. The zones are used to gage postage for the USPS.
Zip Code Lookup - online tool Get the domestic ZIP Code number and other ZIP Code information (including ZIP+4 Codes) by address, city, company, or you can find a city by ZIP Code. Fill in the appropriate fields, then select Submit.