Postal Code in Singapore

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What’s in a postal code? A lot of information, as it turns out. When giving directions to someone, you can simply state the postal code of your destination. It’s usually enough information to get you to the building.

 

Postal Code in Singapore: an Overview

What is it?

It is a series of letters and/or digits included in postal addresses to facilitate the sorting of mail.

How many numbers are there in a postal code?

Six

First two digits in a postal code:

Sector codes

Last four digits in a postal code:

They represent a specific delivery point within that particular sector.

How to find my postal code?

You can look up your postal code at Singpost’s Find Postal Code.

 

What is a postal code?

A postal code, also sometimes called a post code, is a series of letters and/or digits included in postal addresses to facilitate the sorting of mail. Postal codes are usually assigned to geographical areas, but some individual addresses or institutions that receive tons of mail can have their own special codes. Some examples are government agencies or large commercial companies.

 

History of postal codes in Singapore

Singapore’s very first postal code system was introduced in the 1950s, and was made up of just two digits. It divided the country into 28 districts, and most mail was hand-sorted.

In 1979, a four-digit system replaced the two-digit one, further dividing the 28 districts into 80 postal sectors. At that time, almost half of Singapore’s mail was still being sorted by hand. As the volume of mail was increasing by 6% every year, there was a need to automate the process to cope with the increasing volumes.

In 1995, Singapore Post (Singpost) introduced the six-digit postal code system that we still use today. This new system reduced manual sorting by 17%. The four-digit system was only able to cover 10,000 delivery points, but the new six-digit system allowed for one million unique numbers.

 

Postal code today: How to find my postal code?

The six-digit code in use today consists of two parts. The first two digits are the sector codes, taken from the last two digits of the old four-digit code. The four subsequent digits represent a specific delivery point within that particular sector. The delivery points within a sector can be either HDB housing blocks, or private housing and commercial buildings. If it is a HDB block, the delivery point will use the block’s number. Private houses and commercial buildings are assigned numbers according to the alphabetical orders of the streets they are on.

 

What is my postal code?

A postal code reveals a lot of details when looked up. If you are unsure about your district, you can always look up your postal code. The table below shows the districts that correspond with the first two digits of your postal code.

1
Raffles Place, Marina, Cecil, People’s Park
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
2
Anson, Tanjong Pagar
07, 08
3
Queenstown, Tiong Bahru
14, 15, 16
4
Telok Blangah, Harbourfront
09, 10
5
Pasir Panjang, Hong Leong Garden, Clementi New Town
11, 12, 13
6
High Street, Beach Road (part)
17
7
Middle Road, Golden Mile
18, 19
8
Little India
20, 21
9
Orchard, Cairnhill, River Valley
22, 23
10
Ardmore, Bukit Timah, Holland Road, Tanglin
24, 25, 26, 27
11
Watten Estate, Novena, Thomson
28, 29, 30
12
Balestier, Toa Payoh, Serangoon
31, 32, 33
13
Macpherson, Braddell
34, 35, 36, 37
14
Geylang, Eunos
38, 39, 40, 41
15
Katong, Joo Chiat, Amber Road
42, 43, 44, 45
16
Bedok, Upper East Coast, Eastwood, Kew Drive
46, 47, 48
17
Loyang, Changi
49, 50, 81
18
Tampines, Pasir Ris
51, 52
19
Serangoon Garden, Hougang, Sengkang, Punggol
53, 54, 55, 82
20
Bishan, Ang Mo Kio
56, 57
21
Upper Bukit Timah, Clementi Park, Ulu Pandan
58, 59
22
Jurong
60, 61, 62, 63, 64
23
Hillview, Dairy Farm, Bukit Panjang, Choa Chu Kang
65, 66, 67, 68
24
Lim Chu Kang, Tengah
69, 70, 71
25
Kranji, Woodgrove, Woodlands
72, 73
26
Upper Thomson, Springleaf
77, 78
27
Yishun, Sembawang
75, 76
28
Seletar
79, 80

 

More FAQs related to postal codes in Singapore

How do I read a postal code in Singapore?

The first two digits of the postal code tells you which area in Singapore you are looking at, while the remaining four numbers show the specific delivery point such as the building or block number.

How do I know my postal code?

You can look up your postal code at Singpost’s Find Postal Code.

Does Singapore have zip codes?

There are no zip codes in Singapore. The ZIP code is a postal code system used by the United States Postal Service. 

 

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