Yes, the input record is a valid mailing address
No, the input record is not in the DPV database of valid mailing addresses
The apartment or rural route box number is not valid, although the house number or rural route is valid
The input record is a valid mailing address, but is missing the apartment or rural route box number
*New notes may be added over time, and some descriptions may change, but the codes will never change
|3||Unique ZIP code|
|4||Street alias - flag can be double, (i.e. &&) if extended USPS alias rules were applied|
|11||Default ZIP+4 record used to certify the address|
|13||Firm location but was certified as street address or high-rise|
|21||Address exists but is vacant|
|22||Address exists but mail is being returned|
|25||Military APO/FPO address|
|26||The input address matched the ZIP+4 record|
|27||The input address did not match the ZIP+4 record|
|28||The input address matched the DPV record|
|32||The input address is a building name, and the primary is missing|
|35||Missing PO box, Rural Route, or Highway Contract box number|
|36||PO box, Rural Route, or Highway Contract primary is invalid|
|37||The input address specified a PMB and matched a CMRA|
|39||Highrise apartment/office building address|
|40||General Delivery address|
|41||Post Office Box address|
|42||Rural Route or Highway Contract address|
|43||Firm or Business address|
*The corrections listed are preliminary corrections. More in depth and specific correction codes will be added in the future.
Scoring and Behavior
Address Detective's primary goal is to increase your address hit rate. That is, if an address fails, we will use the additional clues you provided (like Name and Phone) to try and get an address back to you. When we have to use these clues, there is a risk that what we find isn't going to be the right address for your contact. Because of this, we return a confidence score (matchrate) from 1-100 (1 means the returned address is extremely unlikely to be valid, 100 means it's extremely likely to be valid).
Here is the breakdown for recommended actions based on the output score:
|1 - 39||Reject||Not enough confidence in the quality of the data to determine if this is the address you want|
|40 - 75||Review||Go through an internal review of this contact (e.g. follow-up with the contact)|
|76 - 100||Accept||Internal testing determined the resulting address has a high enough quality to accept the address|
Here is a breakdown of the general process the service goes through to return an address and produce a score:
1) Is the input address valid?
- We're done! The "Best Address" is set to the results of the validated address input. Score will always be 100.
- Collect all address results we can find from Name, Phone, and Address by leveraging other data sources and cleaning up the input address.
- Determine the "best" address result from this set by looking for quality indicators. For example, if the same address appears multiple times, it's more likely to be a hit.
- Run several tests against the best address, the other addresses, and the user's raw inputs. Each internal test raises or lowers the score based on results.
2) Return the Best Address, along with any Household member information, a score, and additional notes describing what we found to give a sense for why an address may have gotten a good or bad score.
**New and improved Notes will soon be added to DOTS Address Detective Service**