Note: In Puerto Rico there are usually no directionals or suffixes. Additionally, most apartment buildings do not have a street address. In this situation, the building name is part of the primary address identifier. If directionals are present in an address, they are part of the street name. Do not translate to directionals.
295.2 Street Names
Do not abbreviate street names if at all possible. Consult the abbreviation tables prior to making any abbreviation. For matching purposes, eliminating the word CALLE from named streets is recommended. Always print CALLE, AVENIDA, etc. on the mailpiece.
295.3 Numbered Streets
Numbered streets must always contain the word CALLE. This avoids misinterpretation of the delivery information between numbered streets and house numbers.
295.4 House Numbers
Due to the amount of numbers within a block and a house number in Puerto Rico addresses, many identifiers are used to separate address elements, including BLOQUE, NUM, NO, CASA, and LOTE. None of the identifiers are part of the address, and they are not in the AIS files.
Because urbanizations are the most important part of the address, they are abbreviated to URB followed by the urbanization name.
Note: Certain urbanizations are known as extensiones, mansiones, repartos, villas, parques, and jardines. When these names are present, there is no need to place the abbreviation URB prior to the name of the urbanization.
295.6 Post Office Box
Print Post Office Box addresses as PO BOX on the mailpiece.
PO Box addresses often appear with the words CALLER, CALL BOX, GPO BOX, PO BOX S–1190, APTDO, APARTADO, BOX, BUZON. These are changed to PO BOX as output to a mailpiece.
In certain areas, the station name appears in the line above the city, state, and ZIP Code. We recommend that it is either eliminated from the output address or relocated, placing PO BOX above the city and state and placing the station name on the line above. Station names are not present on the ZIP+4 file.
295.7 Rural Route
Rural route addresses are output on a mailpiece as RR N BOX NN. Do not use the words RURAL, RUTA RURAL, BUZON, or BZN.
The designations RFD, RD, and RT (meaning rural route) are changed to RR.
There should be no additional designations, such as sector names, on the Delivery Address Line of rural addresses. Sector names used together with route and box numbers can create potential matching difficulty. Mailers are encouraged to use only one style of addressing. Eliminate this information in Puerto Rico addresses.