The Royal Mail Postcode Address File (PAF) is the definitive source for personal and business postal addresses in the UK. It contains every delivery point in the UK and is being constantly updated. In July of 2022, there was an increase of 21,032 in the total number of Delivery Points on PAF as well as receiving almost 5,000 daily updates.
HOW CAN I ACCESS THE POSTCODE ADDRESS FILE?
You have the flexibility to choose how our PAF validation services are delivered to you.
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Our advanced address capture and cleansing tools are easily integrated, through pre-built integrations or APIs. Highly extendable, allowing the user to match against multiple Master Address Files including PAF. Our software includes a Developer’s Kit and can be web based or work on Windows, Linux, Unix, AS400 and Mainframe.
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If you need access to PAF, for integration with your own database management systems and office applications, then simply CONTACT US. We can deliver in CSV format via our secure download facility.
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Accurate Address Verification
Using a PAF database contains accurate address data which can help to validate your customers addresses which enable transactions to be performed more efficiently and hassle free mail deliveries.
Enhanced Business Efficiency
Utilising PAF data results in fewer abandoned customer shopping carts, less returns and customer complaints and less fraudulent activity. Resulting in overall saved time and money.
Identifying Customers And Their Addresses
Gain an insight into customers identities and addresses within a certain area. This knowledge can enhance customer experience and your business learns more appropriate routes to operate in, increasing targeting and efficiency.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE DATASET
MORE ABOUT ROYAL MAIL PAF
Postcode data can be made available at different levels depending on the required functionality. For example, street level data (or to give it the Royal Mail name Part PAF®). By simply using the postcode as a search key into a flat file or relational dataset, you can return the fully structured, correct address elements. The user then simply enters the property name or number to complete the address. Or if you don’t need complete coverage of the UK, we can supply by postcode area.
We maintain monthly updated enhanced versions of PAF® and our datasets are usually supplied on a quarterly basis via secure download. If you prefer monthly updates, then we can do that too.
Outputs are available by area, postcode range, locality name etc and can be pre-formatted to meet your own specific system requirements including:
- Street/postcode level dataset and flat file
- GIS Table relating unit postcode to 100m OS grid references Locality, Town and Street gazetteers
- Postcode validation tables
- Postcode related data such as administrative area, District and Ward codes
- Formatted Address Extracts for mail/merge processing and area listings
- Postcode to GIS coordinates including Lat/Long values
WHY USE HOPEWISER
Accuracy, Support and Knowledge are at the heart of everything we do at Hopewiser. As an approved supplier since 1982, our rules-based solutions and services intelligently assess and match each address – that’s why we’re trusted by High Street Banks, Police Forces, and major Sports organisations.
The support we provide to our customers is backed by the specialists that have written the software in-house. This means you get direct access to their expertise. Our customers regularly praise our support team for lightning speed service and problem solving capabilities.
We do not compromise on performance. We strive to offer the best quality at a competitive price. Whether you are using our cloud based solutions, standalone software, bureau services, or simply requesting PAF as a flat file we are here to help you.
Our cloud Address Lookup and Address Cleanse software allow for fast access to PAF. Address Lookup offers easy integration with the major CRM systems including Microsoft Dynamics, Sage CRM, Salesforce, WordPress and WooCommerce. It also includes a wide range of APIs and plug-ins for your website forms and applications. Address Cleanse is a simple, fast and accurate online data cleansing tool to help verify, suppress and deduplicate your data against the latest PAF, Deceased, Goneaway, MPS and TPS.
OTHER DATASETS AVAILABLE
The following datasets are a selection of what is also available. Please CONTACT US for the full list.
International data sets for many countries, including Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Ordnance Survey data available including AddressBase Premium.
Office of National Statistics (ONS)
National Statistics Postcode Directory (NSPD) dataset with extra data such as Grid References.
Company information from Companies House, including registered office address, filing history, accounts and annual return.