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Postcode Address File (PAF)

Street level Postcode Address File, also known as Part PAF

Royal Mail's Postcode Address File (PAF) can be supplied at the Street Name level, in other words without the Property and House Names.  The rest of the record remains the same. 

If you need the full address including the house name and number then follow this link.

This is to firstly reduce the size of the file and secondly significantly reduce the licence fee associated with the file.

The file size drops from 28 million rows to around 1.8 million rows (street name and postcode level). 

The Postcode Address File (PAF) is without any contention the definitive most up-to-date and complete address database in the UK.

The Royal Mail's Postcode Address File (PAF), is often used to capture, create and or maintain your in-house address lists.  This includes web site registrations, forms and customer databases to reduce the number of returned or undelivered items from mailing programs.  Obviously there are many more applications that you can use the Postcode Address File (PAF) file for including mailing, planning leaflet distribution, door dropping logistics and navigation to name just a few of the applications!


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Postcode Address File (PAF) Applications

The Royal Mail Postcode Address File (PAF), is often used to capture, create and or maintain your in-house address lists or planning leaflet door drops, but also in website registrations, forms and customer databases to reduce the number of returned or undelivered items from mailing programs.  Obviously there are many more applications that you can use the Postcode Address File (PAF) file for including mailing, planning leaflet distribution, logistics, navigation to name just a few! 

  • Reduce postage costs through Mailsort, Presstream and Cleanmail
  • Reduce the amount of undelivered mail
  • Preservation of brand image
  • Improved accuracy of customer and prospect analysis
  • Door Drop Planning
  • Distribution Analysis
  • Mailings
  • Address Validation & Correction

Fields

  • PO Box
  • Thoroughfare
  • Street
  • Double Dependent Locality
  • Dependent Locality
  • Post Town
  • Postcode
  • Postcode Type
  • Mailsort SSC

Coverage

The Postcode Address File (PAF) file covers every known street name and postcode in the UK.  A sample of the Postcode Address File (PAF) can be found above, this will also provide you with the data fields that are provided for each record.

Licensing

The Postcode Address File (PAF) is licenced by the year.  Various options are available including single, corporate, multi user and internet licences. 

Updates

The Postcode Address File (PAF) file is the most up-to-date and complete address database available for UK addresses, containing a mixture of business and residential sites and over 28 million addresses.   For your licence fee you will receive the very latest file which will be valid for 12 months use and this includes quarterly updates to ensure it stays up to date.

Still undecided - download a comparison between the full and partial PAF file.