Going Postal

by Kevin Cole
<kevin.cole@gallaudet.edu>

So, in the words of America On-Line, "You've got mail". Tons of it. It's all outward bound and it's enough to make you just a little bit crazy. Here's a bunch of links that should be useful to anyone planning to do mass mailings. These links connect you to address specifications for several different countries, and in some cases, postal code lookup services.

(All of the links listed below were current as of March 2, 1999.)

This document was designed with Gallaudet University in mind, and so the main post office in Washington, DC get's special mention. The official name is: Capital District United States Postal Service


General global information (addressing standards, etc)

ISO 2-letter country abbreviations
Universal Postal Union
Postal Addressing Systems (Not Adobe PDF, but you'll need Acrobat anyway.)
Postcodes by Country
Postal Administrations on the Web
More Postal Links
Including some zip/postal code lookup engines
Project Visa (formerly The EmbassyWeb)
POSTINFO : World-Address postal information service
Yahoo! Reference:Postal Information
International Post Corporation

USA

Postal Addressing Standards (Adobe PDF document. Acrobat required.)
Preparing Standard Mail (Adobe PDF document. Acrobat required.)
Addressing for Success
    Making addresses machine-readable
(Adobe PDF brochure. Acrobat required.)

CANADA

The Canadian Postal Code

Zip/Postal Code Lookup and Address Information

Argentina
Australia
Austria (1)
Austria (2)
Belgium
Brazil (1)
Brazil (2)
Canada
Chile
No search engine
China
Denmark
France
Germany
Indonesia
Israel
No postal code search yet
Italy (1)
Italy (2)
Korea
Malaysia
Look at BOTH links in Section B
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Pakistan
Singapore
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
United Kingdom
United States