Address Lookup

Address validation saves time and money. It is the backbone of excellent service, customer retention, prevention of duplicates, data analysis, enhanced reputation and more profitable business performance.  

The Postcode People at AFD help deliver the best possible address search solutions for your company to help ensure: 

Speed  
Typing addresses is slow. AFD’s address lookup solution makes data entry lightning fast.

Accuracy 
Many UK addresses are ‘odd’, complicated and not as expected – manual mistakes are easy. Our address verification solutions eliminate errors by providing letterbox-level accuracy based on the very best data sources including Royal Mail PAF® and Ordnance Survey (OS) AddressBase Core®.

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AFD’s solution was initially used as a desktop service for telephone orders. As the focus switched to online so did our requirement from AFD. UK and International address validation are both deployed on the website to ensure speed and accuracy during the customer’s buying journey, regardless of where they need the product delivered.

Nick Marlow

Project Manager of Platform Operations at Pro:Direct Sport

Try It

Using the form below, enter your postcode or start typing an address to see results returned.

If you want to validate addresses outside of the UK & Channel Islands you can enable Eircode Validation to validation Republic of Ireland addresses or International Validation to validate addresses in 250+ countries.

You can also enable “Reverse Geocode” which uses gps co-ordinates from your device to return nearby addresses – it works best on Mobile devices!

Address

Lookup

Easy to Integrate

AFD’s address validation API can be flexibly deployed in a host of environments, installed, or hosted.
Plug-ins for popular platforms such as Magento, Shopify, Salesforce, D365 and AFD Robot provide a range of developer-free integrations.
Visit our Developer Area using the button below to find out more.

Available Functionality

AFD’s address lookup and postcode lookup solutions can validate address data from over 250 countries.
In addition to fast, accurate address entry and address search, our solutions can return a whole host of other datasets.
See some of the options below:

 

International address validation

UK and International address verification for over 250 countries helps organisations trading globally to lookup and validate addresses worldwide. 

Name data

Business
Almost all 2.2 million UK organisation data records are complete with telephone numbers, the actual or imputed employee size, turnover banding, and user-friendly business classification and Standard Industry Classification (SIC) code. 
More information can be found here.

 

 

Residential 
The 37.6 million UK residential name and address records include length of residency and geodemographic classification. Over 11.9 million of the records have a telephone number.

Geolookup

Our geolocation functionality removes the need for manual address data entry. If enabled, by using the GPS in your customer’s mobile device or computer, our solution instantly returns the full PAF matched address of the current location, in the correct format with pinpoint accuracy and lightning fast speed.  

Nearest

Nearest functionality allows a customer to enter their postcode, click a button and be given the branch name and address closest to the address provided with an accurate travel time or distance.

Property characteristics

AFD’s address lookup solutions also contain location and property characteristic data for over 31 million unique properties in the UK. Every record has unique identifiers in the form of a Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) from Ordnance Survey (OS) and a Unique Delivery Point Reference Number (UDPRN) from Royal Mail’s Postcode Address File (PAF). In addition, all addresses have a property classification, e.g. Residential or Business, to help organisations better understand their customers’ property data and help plan for more efficient deliveries.  

Geodemographic classification

Each residential postcode on your database can be appended with a Censation code (there are 52 different codes) which will indicate the typical relative affluence, life-stage and lifestyle of those who live there. It’s a simple to use but effective Geodemographic Classification System and with it, you can understand more about the ‘profile’ of your best customers – and then look for more of them. That way, resources are more wisely directed to prospects which match the right profile – cutting waste and improving the probability of success.

Related Datasets

Phone & Mobile Validation

Accurate phone number data allows your organisation to maintain contact and relationships with customers. If the phone numbers in your database have errors, communications will fail.

GDPR Compliant
AFD’s GDPR-compliant phone verification solution validates UK landline, UK mobile and International telephone numbers to ensure the number entered is formatted correctly and has the right number of digits.

Full Confidence
In addition to checking the format and number of digits, AFD’s phone validation also checks the number is “live”, giving you full confidence in the accuracy of your phone number data.

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When contacting students, we found multiple instances where the email addresses and phone numbers provided were wrong. Each student studying at the college provides us with £5,000 per annum of vital funding, whilst students over 18 provide £2,000. Preventing one or two students from slipping through the net, because they would otherwise miss a key communication and fail to enrol, more than covers the cost of email verification and phone verification from AFD.

Paul Brownlow

Systems Development Manager at South & City College Birmingham

Try It

Using the form below, verify phone number data by entering a landline or mobile number and our service will confirm if it’s a valid phone number, or if it’s invalid.

 

Phone & Mobile

Validation

Easy to Integrate

AFD’s phone validation API can be flexibly deployed in a host of environments.
Plug-ins for popular platforms such as Magento, Shopify, Salesforce, D365 and AFD Robot provide a range of developer-free integrations.
Visit our Developer Area using the button below to find out more.

Email Validation

A simple mistake in typing an email address makes it impossible for an email to reach the right recipient. For a business or service-based organisation, this can be costly to both revenue and reputation.

Accuracy
At AFD Software, we make it easy for you to check email addresses are live wherever they are entered, by staff or customers, using a 3-point email check system.

Bounce back
Our powerful and unique email verification service can return suggestions and additional insight to help inform why the email hasn’t passed the email validation check.

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When contacting students, we found multiple instances where the email addresses and phone numbers provided were wrong. Each student studying at the college provides us with £5,000 per annum of vital funding, whilst students over 18 provide £2,000. Preventing one or two students from slipping through the net, because they would otherwise miss a key communication and fail to enrol, more than covers the cost of email validation and phone validation from AFD.

Paul Brownlow

Systems Development Manager at South & City College Birmingham

Try It

Try AFD’s verify email address solution using the form below to confirm if a valid email has been entered. You will also see a detailed response indicating if the email is likely to be a throwaway email, dummy, or spam – in some cases we can even correct spelling mistakes.

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Validation

Easy to Integrate

AFD’s email validation API can be flexibly deployed in a host of environments.
Plug-ins for popular platforms such as Magento, Shopify, Salesforce, D365 and AFD Robot provide a range of developer-free integrations.
Visit our Developer Area using the button below to find out more.

Database Cleansing

Maintaining a clean, duplicate-free customer, supporter, member or prospect address database underpins the foundations of effective marketing, high-quality customer service and punctual delivery. This helps ensure communication, protects your company’s reputation, complies with GDPR, and supports sound financial management.

Speed
Capable of processing millions of records per hour, AFD’s database cleansing solutions clean, de-duplicate, re-format and geo-code address data. 

Accuracy
Our address verification solutions eliminate errors by providing letterbox-level accuracy based on the very best data sources, including Royal Mail PAF® and Ordnance Survey (OS) AddressBase Core®.

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We receive client-supplied data for a mailing and their request is typically to use the data as it is. AFD’s data cleansing solutions allow us to quickly identify errors and highlight to our clients (with examples) why cleansing the addresses is essential. Last year we sent 12 million pieces of mail with complete confidence. AFD delivers exactly what we expect it to - we put poor data in and get good data out. I would recommend The Postcode People at AFD Software as the best possible address and data quality partners for any organisation wanting to improve their address validation and cleansing processes.

Simon Swan

Head of Data and Mailing, Lonsdale Direct Solutions

Easy to Integrate

AFD’s database cleansing solutions can be flexibly deployed in a host of environments.
Visit our Developer Area using the button below to find out more.

Available Functionality

AFD’s database cleansing solutions clean, deduplicate and reformat address lists. 
In addition, our solutions can append a whole host of other datasets. See some of the options below:

Cleaning up your address data

AFD’s database cleansing solutions help hundreds of organisations get address databases right – and keep them that way. Your organisation can develop clean, reliable, consistent databases, identify potential duplicates and add extra data in a single automated batch process.

Property characteristics

AFD’s database cleansing solutions also contain location and property characteristic data for over 31 million unique properties in the UK. Every record has unique identifiers in the form of a Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) from Ordnance Survey (OS) and a Unique Delivery Point Reference Number (UDPRN) from Royal Mail’s Postcode Address File (PAF). In addition, all addresses have a property classification, e.g. Residential or Business, to help organisations better understand their customers’ property data and help plan for more efficient deliveries.  

Geodemographic classification

Each residential postcode on your database can be appended with a Censation code (there are 52 different codes) which will indicate the typical relative affluence, life-stage and lifestyle of those who live there. It’s a simple to use but effective Geodemographic Classification System and with it, you can understand more about the ‘profile’ of your best customers – and then look for more of them. That way, resources are more wisely directed to prospects which match the right profile – cutting waste and improving the probability of success.

Flag deceased, movers and goneaways

Update or remove out of date and incorrect contact data records from your database that have degraded over time.

People move and people pass away. Using suppression datasets you can access new addresses, highlight if someone has moved out, or flag if someone has deceased.

Append property level grids

AFD’s solution allows your organisation to append property level geocoordinates (Latitude and Longitude to 7 decimal places, Grid Eastings and Northings) to address data to better understand its physical location, helping visualise data and better understand how to reach delivery points.

Mail sortation

AFD MailSaver helps organisations make major savings by sorting mailing data.
MailSaver’s step-by-step process sorts, reports and prints all that’s necessary for Royal Mail Bulk Mail Services. MailSaver has been fully tested by the Royal Mail to ensure it meets stringent requirements.

Bank Verification

Successful electronic payments require precise and accurate bank details. But people make mistakes when reading bank details, writing them down or keying them in. In some cases, delayed payment or fraudulent activity can occur by introducing deliberate errors.

Successful Payments
Bank validation and bank card data validation help ensure payments are successful, minimise transaction failure and fraud whilst meeting strict financial compliance and best practices.

Faster Data Entry
Fast, accurate account number and sort code data entry makes checkouts, payment processing and Direct Debit setup a smooth process improving both customer service and cash flow for organisations.

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We rely on AFD’s Bank Verification solution online as part of the new member onboarding process and in the data import function for our main CRM system. We have to ensure that our systems are not a cause of failure when an individual is completing a membership application. To facilitate this, our systems have been designed to make that initial joining experience as smooth and pain-free as possible. Introducing an error is very easy to do, especially when reading an account number and sort code from a card and typing them in. When bank details are entered incorrectly or the account being used does not allow direct debits, a popup message appears notifying the prospective supporter that the entered combination of sort code and account number is invalid.

Melissa Werry

Application Development & Support Manager at RSPB

Try It

Using the form below, enter a sort code and account number to confirm if they are a valid combination.

Bank

Validation

Easy to Integrate

AFD’s bank validation API can be flexibly deployed in a host of environments, installed, or hosted.
Plug-ins for popular platforms such as Magento, Shopify, Salesforce, D365 and AFD Robot provide a range of developer-free integrations.
Visit our Developer Area using the button below to find out more.

Geolocation & Geocoding

Identifying the closest delivery address to your current location by harnessing the GPS in your computer or mobile device, allows accurate address information to be entered with one touch or button press.

Speed
By removing the need for address entry and allowing online forms to be completed with a button press improves the customer journey and helps remove the chance of manual data error.

Accuracy
Pinpointing the location then returning the nearest address is powered by the very best data sources including Royal Mail PAF® and Ordnance Survey (OS) AddressBase Core®. 

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Whilst address validation is great from a postcode or first line of an address, errors in the entry of the data or address selection are more likely to creep in on a mobile device. To overcome this and shave a few more seconds off the checkout process we worked with AFD Software to implement AFD’s geolocation address lookup. This allows a customer to press a button, then select their address which is listed in nearest order from the current location. Two-button taps, and all the address data is entered accurately.

Rob Lee

Digital Specialist at Paultons Park

Try It

Click the target button at the end of the field below to display your nearest address. This function uses gps co-ordinates from your device to return nearby addresses – it works best on mobile devices!

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Geolookup

Easy to Integrate

AFD’s geolookup API can be flexibly deployed in a host of environments.
Plug-ins for popular platforms such as Magento, Shopify, Salesforce, D365 and AFD Robot provide a range of developer-free integrations.
Visit our Developer Area using the button below to find out more.

Available Functionality

AFD’s geolocation and geocoding solution provides a range of location based functionality. See some of the options below:

Geolookup

Our geolocate functionality removes the need for manual data entry. By using the GPS in your mobile device, our solution instantly returns the full PAF matched address of the current location in the correct format with pinpoint accuracy and at lightning speed. 

How does it work?

From the customer’s latitude and longitude, we return the correct address, in the correct format, instantly.

Geocode

Geocoding is the process of appending latitude and longitude to an address to better understand its physical location, helping visualise data and better understand how to reach delivery points. AFD provides geocode coordinates at different address levels including town, postcode and property level, providing a pinpoint location on your chosen mapping tool. 

Nearest

Nearest functionality allows a
customer to enter their postcode, click a button and be given the branch name and address closest to the address provided with an accurate travel time or distance.

Nearest allows distance calculations to be returned in three ways:

  1. ‘As the Crow Flies’
  2. Drive distance
  3. Drive time

Driven by customer demand and genuine business requirements, AFD’s enhanced Nearest calculation will provide an accurate travel time or distance to help your customers decide which is the closest restaurant, cinema or chemist to their current location.

Mapping & Visualisation

Drive time and drive distance calculations are increasing in use as organisations look to plan routes with optimal time and route efficiency for deliveries. AFD’s mapping solution calculates a route, drive time and drive distance based on the origin and destination address data entered (A-B) or a list of specified addresses (waypoints).

Optimal waypoint order can be enabled taking a list of addresses and suggesting the best route with an origin and destination, maximising efficiency for both fuel and driver time when completing the journey. The route will take into account the speed limit of each road within the route to calculate the drive time.

DPD

With AFD, we are equipped with the very best means of rapidly ensuring data integrity in a pressurised environment. We work at the cutting edge of technology and AFD’s solutions meet our data quality. Every minute counts, and ten to fifteen minutes makes a significant difference - the equivalent of 2 - 3 extra deliveries... and when you have thousands of drivers you can see the effect. Equally important, as a people-focused business we want to minimise stress for our drivers. We have achieved this by minimising the time taken to validate, correct or complete addresses at the point of collection or in the depot. The result of raising data integrity is that drivers now spend less time in the depot, are out on the road earlier and have more time available to deliver parcels.

Gurnam Singh

Enterprise Architect at DPD

Interpreting data


Data visualisation helps organisations by allowing them to load, edit and analyse their data through a Graphical User Interface (GUI), giving it visual context through maps and graphs. Customer trends are easier to identify, including distance willing to travel to a store or whether a marketing campaign covered a customer address and led to a sale.

Maximising efficiency


Logistics companies can visualise driver consignments and overlap to further refine driver routes to maximise efficiency and delivery times. Polygons can be drawn on a map of an area that an organisation wishes to communicate with and the addresses within that area are counted and then added to the mailing list.

Available Resources

Rather than an off-the-shelf solution for mapping and visualisation, our customers have different requirements in this area and solutions tend to be more bespoke to specific need. Get in touch to discuss your requirements today.

Bespoke Solutions

The Postcode People at AFD have over 400 years of combined experience in Address Management, and of helping thousands of organisations solve unique challenges around contact data.

When it comes to name, address, email, phone and bank data, we consistently deliver tailored solutions to complex problems.

We work with FTSE 500 companies such as Royal Mail, and other major organisations including AXA Insurance and DPD Group. If ‘off-the-shelf’ data validation solutions can’t meet your needs, our team of experts can overcome the specific data challenges you are facing.

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Our Data Quality Experts will work with your IT and business process staff to deliver bespoke software solutions. The unique expertise that we have at AFD and our pool of experience allows us to leverage data assets and processes to gain competitive advantages on your behalf, remove pains from major contact data issues and increase the speed and accuracy of your data validation processes. We do this with a consultative and open approach with the aim of making happy customers!

Jonathan Stocks

Head of Sales, AFD Software

Specific Problem?

If you have a specific problem, our expertise is available to quickly see if we are a good fit to be your partner in address and data quality.

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We are here to help

We serve thousands of organisations and a network of hundreds of partners across multiple industry sectors, enabling them to have full confidence in their contact data.