The National Change of Address
The National Change of Address (NCOA) service is offered to mailers through a
network of individual businesses licensed by the USPS. The NCOA
licensees* are authorized to perform address-matching services on mailersí
lists at prices that are competitively determined by the market (prices may vary
from licensee to licensee). Costs generally range from $2.00 to $5.00 per
thousand addresses. On a regularly scheduled basis, the NCOA licensees receive
current change-of-address (COA) information that is used to update the NCOA
database provided by the Postal Service.
The NCOA process takes the mailerís
list and programmatically examines each element of the address. The program
attempts to verify or correct the ZIP Code; standardize the format for address,
city, and state names; and append ZIP+4 Codes, carrier route codes, and delivery
point barcode information to the mailerís addresses. Once this standardization
process is completed, the entire mailerís list is matched against the NCOA
database. When a match from the list is made to an NCOA name and address, the
new address information is returned to the mailer.
The NCOA database consists of address
information for individuals, families, and businesses that have moved within the
past 36 months. The names and addresses are compiled from COA orders presented
to the Postal Service when a permanent move occurs. Temporary moves are not
recorded on NCOA.
Because NCOA is used prior to a mailing, it greatly reduces UAA mail, which in
turn reduces rehandling costs. NCOA also provides mailers with a PS Form 3553,
which proves the list was updated on a given date by Coding Accuracy Support
names and telephone numbers are provided for your convenience.
Representatives from each company are able to discuss the requirements and
provide pricing information.
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Postal Service is responsible for the accuracy of this information.
For the most up-to-date information available, go to the U.S. Postal
Service website at www.usps.com.
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