UDPRN – the lowdown…

We are proud to announce that we are the first address management supplier to offer daily updated UDPRN data as standard in all of our addressing products, showing our customers another way to enjoy the freshest data on the market.

With up to 5,000 address changes taking place every 24 hours to the 29 million records in Royal Mail’s Postcode Address File (PAF®), the database is not a static file and is constantly changing to reflect new builds, updates and deletions. Daily updates will significantly improve the accuracy of customer data. But what is UDPRN and why is it important?

What does UDPRN stand for?

The Unique Delivery Point Reference Number.

What is it?

UDPRN is an 8 digit code that uniquely identifies each postal address of the Royal Mail PAF® database.

Why is it important?

The UDPRN allows you to identify an individual delivery point even if the postal address details change. As part of the normal maintenance of the PAF®, data address details may change over time – spelling errors are fixed, company names can change, and postcodes are modified or even removed. At that point the delivery point is also deleted from PAF®, assuring that each number remains uniquely correlated to a delivery point.

The UDPRN allows us to keep a constant reference that remains uniquely tied to the physical delivery point regardless of any changes in the address.

Who needs it?

UDPRN is a dataset well-suited for anyone who requires a unique premise identifier. It is particularly valuable for organisations working in delivery and logistics, shipments, utilities and pretty much anyone who needs to identify a delivery point correctly the first time, every time.

What are the benefits of using it?

Using UDPRN ensures first-time precision in identifying an address. This is critical for deliveries, service works, installation or site work.

How can Postcode Anywhere customers make the most of it?

All of our addressing software, including Capture+, contains UDPRN as standard. We get updates to the data daily from Royal Mail which we can then pass on straight to our customers without them having to lift a finger!