ZIP is the shortcode for Zone Improvement Plan. This is a system that the United States Postal Service has used since 1963 to identify states and regions, while postal codes for other countries are used for the same purpose. This means that zip codes are employed in the United States and other countries, while other countries call this form a zip code.
So when you want to enter a postcode or your country postcode, you don’t need to search postcodes like Ogun, Abia, Owerri or any other postcode city or state. All you have to fulfil is fill in the international postcode for Nigeria. You can use 110211, 234010, or 001706. Using any of these results will work for your situation.
The Nigerian Postal Code was designed by NIPOST (Nigerian Postal Service) and consisted mainly of 6 digits. NIPOST has divided the country into 9 regions, so our postcode in Nigeria starts from 1 to 9. The second & third digits, combined with the first digit, refer to the shipping district for the outgoing classification. For the last three digits, it relates to the exact location in the region where the post will take place.
So when you enter a local postcode, for example on websites in Nigeria or on services that need to be delivered to your home, you can start to search for the postcode or zip code of your city or state, as some may still do it look (remember, this is a US ZIP code only).
If you want to know how to find and use postal codes correctly in Nigeria, this guide will walk you through some easy to agree on terms.
The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has a chronological distribution of the postal codes of the various cities and regions of the country.
Unlike some countries where postal codes usually have alphabets, codes in Nigeria are represented by only 6 digits regardless of region.
NIPOST splits the country into 9 regions, and these regions determine the first digit of the 6-digit code; while your local post office determines the last 3 digits at the end of the code.
What is a postal code?
A postal code is a series of codes that may contain numbers, alphabets and/or punctuation marks used to classify a postal address.
A postcode in many English speaking countries is also referred to as postcode, pin code, postcode, etc., depending on the country. They all denote the same thing and serve the same purpose, regardless of the name given to them.
How to find a postal code
Many Nigerians make the mistake of filling out postal codes for physical or online transactions. This can cause delays in the delivery of packages.
As I mentioned earlier, Nigerian zip codes are not limited to geopolitical locations or states. Each local government, city and sometimes region has its own postal codes.
So whenever you are asked to enter a zip code in an online/offline format, be sure not to use your status, but the exact location.
Here’s how to find a postcode in Nigeria:
- Visit the homepage of postcode.com.ng.
- Click on the state you are in
- Choose your local government.
- Find your city
List of Zip Codes to use in Nigeria’s 36 State
Lagos, Island 101001
Lagos, Mainland 100001