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Puerto Rico

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PUERTO RICO
PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico is a self-governing territory of the United States of America. It forms part of the United States’ postal system.

In November 2012, Puerto Rico voted in a non-binding referendum to become a full state of the USA. This change would require the support of the United States government.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

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Table of Contents

Puerto Rico - Country information

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Local short name form

Official name

Area

Population

Capital

Currency

International telephone access code

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ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code

PR

Internet country code

PR

GRC Country Code

PUE

Puerto Rico - Number format

   1,234.45

(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

Puerto Rico - Date formats

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   dd/mm/yyyy

though the system used in the United States of America will often be found.

Puerto Rico - Languages

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The national languages are English External, with 82 000 mother-language speakers and Spanish External, with 2 690 000 speakers. There are also a very small number of Dutch Creole-speakers.

Puerto Rico - Address Formats

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In Puerto Rico, addresses are mainly written in Spanish. Addresses contain a street address and often also an Urbanization District (abbreviated to Urb).

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The USPS request that addresses are written in the original language and that no translation of its components is attempted.

The USPS requires that the neighbourhood/district is written above the address line so that the Puerto Rican addresses contain the data needed for mechanical sorting and delivery (building number + thoroughfare name, settlement + state + postal code) in the same place and order as in other places that the USPS operates. However, it is more common in Spanish-speaking countries that the neighbourhood/district information is written after the street address line, and that order is also commonly found in Puerto Rican addresses.

When a street name is a number, the word calle must be used to prevent confusion between the house number (at the front) and the street number (at the back):

   A17 CALLE 1
   13 CALLE 191

In common with other Spanish-speaking countries, addresses may contain sub-building indicators such as número, casa, lote, #, bloque and so on after the house number. These should be eliminated and replaced by hyphens in this way:

   CALLE 19 BLQ 199 CASA 31

should be

   199-31 CALLE 19

and

   CALLE 117 Bloque 23 num. 18

should be

   23-18 CALLE 117

For Rural Routes and Highway Contracts, always use the English RR or HC and Box and never an equivalent, such as RURAL, RUTA RURAL, RFD, BUZON or BZN. The correct format is:

   RR 3 BOX 17A
   HC 1 BOX 18

Thoroughfare types

Common thoroughfare types in Puerto Rico are:

   BOULEVARD (BLVD)
   CALLE
   CALLEJON
   CAMINO
   CARRETERA (CARR)
   PARQUE
   PASAJE
   PASEO
   PATIO
   PLAZA
   VEREDA
   VIA
   VISTA

The following strings are (abbreviated) indicators of district (urbanizations):

   ALTURA (ALT)
   ALTURAS (ALTS)
   COLINAS
   ESTANCIAS (EST)
   EXTENSIÓN (EXT)
   JARDINES (JARD)
   MANSIONES (MANS)
   PARQUE (PARQ)
   QUINTAS (QTAS)
   REPARTO (REPTO)
   SECTOR (SECT)
   TERRAZA (TERR)
   URBANIZATION (URB)
   VILLA (VILLA)
   VILLAS (VILLA)

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Puerto Rico - Post office box

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The USPS asks that the string PO BOX and not its Spanish equivalent is always used to indicate post office box. Strings which should be translated to PO BOX are:

   APARTADO
   APT,
   APTDO
   BOX
   BOX,
   BUZON
   CALL BOX
   CALLER
   PO BOXES-

Puerto Rico - Postal codes

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All Puerto Rico postal codes (ZIP Codes) fall in the ranges 00601-00799 and 00901-00999.

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Puerto Rico - Postal code format graphic

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Puerto Rico - Postal code format

Puerto Rico - Postal code specifics

Puerto Rico - Postal code regular expression

\A((00)[6-7|9][0-9][0-9]|(00)[6-7|9][0-9][0-9](-)[0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9])\Z

Puerto Rico - Postal code level of coverage

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Puerto Rico - Administrative districts

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Administrative districts graphic

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The state code, as written in addresses, is PR.

Telephone numbers in Puerto Rico

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All telephone numbers in Puerto Rico have the area codes 787 or 939. Subscriber numbers have 7 digits.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External

Properties with value Puerto Rico


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