Postal Codes in Nigeria

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What is a Postal Code

A postal code is a series of letters or digits or both, sometimes including spaces or punctuation, included in a postal address for the purpose of sorting and dispatching of mails.

Postal codes make it easy for the postman to locate the closest post office. And this makes it easy to package and deliver letters from one post office to the other. Once the letter gets to the post office in the locality, it is easy to locate the address of the recipient and make the delivery.

Postal codes in Nigeria are numeric, consisting of six digits. The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) divides the country into six regions, which make up the first digit of the code. The second and third digits, combined with the first, are the dispatch district for outgoing sorting. The last three digits represent the delivery location. A delivery location can be any of the following; a post office facility, a rural area, or an urban area. In other words, postal codes in Nigeria vary for each city and locality within Nigeria.

Although postal codes are usually assigned to geographical areas, special postal codes are sometimes assigned to individual addresses or to institutions that receive large volumes of mail, such as large commercial companies and government agencies.

Difference between Postal Code and Zip Code

You may be wondering if there’s a difference between postal code and Zip code. Well, they are actually synonymous to each other.

Zip code (zone improvement plan) is the standard term used in United States of America while the Postal Code applies to other mostly countries English-speaking countries throughout the world where it is also referred to as postcode or post code.

What is the Postal Code of Nigeria

No single postal code works for all areas in Nigeria. If you’ve always thought 234 is the postal code of Nigeria, you're wrong.

How to find the Postal Code of a State or Town in Nigeria

In Nigeria, the main postal head office in each region will have a postal code ending in 0001, so Ikeja HO in Lagos has 100001, Garki Main HO in Abuja has the postal code 900001 and Port Harcourt has 500001. The lowest postcode is 100001 and the highest is 982002.

For more information on postal codes in Nigeria, see Postal Codes of Nigerian States, Postal Codes of Nigerian Towns and Postal Codes of Nigerian Local Government Areas

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