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Address validation means USPS® 'more efficient'

Rachel Wheeler Archive
The amount of returned mail from ZIP Code errors has decreased significantly from previous years, it has been claimed.

With the United State Postal Service (USPS) increasingly utilising ZIP Code software to check addresses, the once more common practice of towns with similar names getting mixed up by mailers has diminished substantially, according to Rebecca Briar of industry news site Presort.

Speaking to the site, Kristen Krashnak, postmaster of Dallas, Pennsylvania, said that the need to return mail due to confusion with Dallas, Texas, doesn't happen often anymore.

She said: "I couldn’t even tell you the last time I saw a piece. We take all our first class mail extremely seriously.

"If anything, in the past a long time ago I would see Dallas, Texas but I would never see Dallas anything else (mail addressed to Dallas in other areas besides Pennsylvania and Texas)."

There are an additional six towns called Dallas in the US, situated in the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.