LincMad Telephone Area Codes & Splits


LincMad's New Area Code Dates

Last updated 2016-11-15

Older splits and overlays (effective before 2014‑01‑01) — see oldnews.html;
Note: all dates are in year-month-day format, so 2017‑04‑26 = April 26, 2017.
Dates given in the form 2017–Q2 are 2nd Quarter of 2017, for example.
For overlays, the first date listed is for mandatory 10‑digit (or in some cases, 1+10‑digit) local calls; if no date is given, the area already has mandatory 10D/1+10D local calls. The second date is when numbers in the new overlay code can be assigned.

Old New Area Affected 10D/1+10D Dialing Overlay Test Number
270 364 KY: westernmost tip 2014-02-01 2014-03-03 364-364-1364 
577 expansion of 1-500 non-geographic services 2014-03-28
702 725 NV: Las Vegas metro area 2014-05-03 2014-06-03 725-725-0725 
346 TX: Houston and suburbs 2014-07-01 346-346-1346 
860 959 CT: Hartford, northern and eastern 2014-08-30 959-959-1959 
812 930 IN: Evansville, Terre Haute, Bloomington, southern 2014-09-06 2014-10-06 930-930-1930 
902 782 NS & PE: Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (both provinces) (Note: test numbers beginning 782-975 are for Prince Edward Island; the others are for Nova Scotia.) 2014-11-30 2014-11-30 782-486-TEST 
415 628 CA: San Francisco, Marin County; originally scheduled as an overlay for 2000‑10‑21! 2015-02-21 2015-03-21 628-628-1628 
600 622 CANADA: Non-geographic services in Canada only (expansion of 600) 2015-03-23
615 629 TN: Nashville, central and north central 2015-02-28 2015-03-28 629-629-1629 
740 220 OH: Zanesville, Marion, southeastern 2015-03-21 2015-04-22 220-220-1220 
305 786 FL: Florida Keys; (305 & 786 is already an overlay for Miami/Dade County, but the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West, have retained 7-digit local dialing with all numbers in area code 305. Numbers in area code 786 will be assigned also in the Keys beginning 2015‑06‑01. Mandatory 10-digit dialing of local calls in the Keys begins 2015‑04‑18.) 2015-04-18 2015-06-01 786-786-1786 
588 expansion of 1-500 non-geographic services 2015-09-09
843 854 SC: Charleston, coastal areas 2015-09-19 2015-10-19 854-854-1854 
614 380 OH: Columbus 2016-01-30 2016-02-27 380-380-1380 
825 AB: entire province of Alberta, Canada 2016-04-09
336 743 NC: Greensboro, Highpoint, Winston-Salem, northwestern NC 2016-04-23 2016-05-23 743-743-1743 
548 ON: London, Windsor, southwestern Ontario, Canada 2016-06-04 548-610-TEST 
631 934 NY: Suffolk County (eastern Long Island) 2016-06-18 2016-07-16 934-990-TEST 
522 expansion of 1-500 non-geographic services 2016-08-01
317 463 IN: Indianapolis 2016-10-15 2016-11-15 463-463-1463 
708 (464) IL: La Grange, Cicero, suburbs south and west of Chicago (probably in 2016 or 2017) t.b.a. t.b.a. t.b.a.
315 (680) NY: Syracuse, Utica 2017-02-11 2017-03-11 680-990-TEST 
(833) New toll-free code with 800, 888, 877, 866, 855 and 844 not appl. 2017-Q2 ? ? ? ?
(332) NY: New York City (Manhattan only) 2017-06-10 332-990-TEST 
323 213 CA: downtown Los Angeles; Note: 323 and 213 are getting a "boundary elimination overlay," similar to the way that area codes 214 and 972 in Dallas were split and later merged back into an overlay. All existing numbers will remain unchanged, but 1+10D will be mandatory for all calls. When the combined 213 & 323 area runs out of numbers, a third area code will be assigned for the same geographic area. 2017-07-08 2017-08-01 (none)
360 (564) WA: Bellingham, Olympia, Vancouver WA; western Washington State. Note: Mandatory 10-digit dialing will affect all of western Washington (area codes 206, 253, and 425, in addition to 360). However, new numbers in area code 564 will initially be assigned only in the 360 area (outside metro Seattle). As the Seattle metro area codes fill up, they will also begin assigning 564 numbers. 2017-07-29 2017-08-28 564-564-1564 
208 (986) ID: entire state of Idaho 2017-08-05 2017-09-05 986-986-1986 
518 (838) NY: Albany 2017-08-19 2017-09-19 838-990-TEST 
210 (726) TX: San Antonio 2017-09-23 2017-10-23 726-726-1726 
814 (582) PA: Altoona, Erie: originally scheduled as a split for 2012‑02‑01, with Erie changing to 582 and Altoona keeping 814. However, the PPUC is reconsidering the split-or-overlay issue, and the date has been postponed to about 2017 or later. t.b.a. 2017? t.b.a.
717 (223) PA: Harrisburg; (exact dates not yet officially announced) 2017 ? 2017 ? t.b.a.
920 (274) WI: Green Bay, northeastern (maybe in 2017 or 2018?) t.b.a. 2014‑02‑22 postponed indefinitely 274-274-1274 
805 (820?) CA: San Luis Obispo, Oxnard; (new overlay area code and exact dates not yet officially announced) 2018-05-?? 2018-06-?? t.b.a.
916 (461?) CA: Sacramento; (new overlay area code and exact dates not yet officially announced) 2018-05-?? 2018-06-?? t.b.a.
(619 & 858) CA: San Diego; ("boundary elimination overlay": 619/858 geographic split boundary from 1999 will be erased, forming the new 619 & 858 overlay, exact date t.b.a.) 2018-08-?? 2018-09-?? (none)
709 (879) NL: entire province of Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada ??? 2018 ? ??? 
510 (341?) CA: Oakland, Fremont, Richmond; (new overlay area code and exact dates not yet officially announced) 2018 ? 2018 ? t.b.a.
(689?) FL: Orlando; (new overlay area code and exact dates not yet officially announced; area code 321 will continue to be also a non-overlay code for the "Space Coast" area) 2018 ? t.b.a.
609 (640?) NJ: Trenton, Atlantic City; (new overlay area code and exact dates not yet officially announced) 2018 ? 2018 ? t.b.a.
(942?) QC: eastern Québec, Canada, including Québec city and Gaspé Peninsula
l'est de la province de Québec, Canada, y compris la ville de Québec et la Gaspésie
(new overlay area code and exact dates not yet officially announced)
(On n'a pas encore annoncé officiellement ni le nouvel indicatif ni les dates d'effet)
2019 ? ??? 
506 (428) NB: entire province of New Brunswick, Canada ??? 2019 ? ??? 
217 (447) IL: Champaign, Springfield; (exact dates not yet officially announced) 2019 ? 2019 ? t.b.a.
314 (557?) MO: St. Louis; (new overlay area code and exact dates not yet officially announced) 2019 ? 2019 ? t.b.a.
513 (283?) OH: Cincinnati; (new overlay area code and exact dates not yet officially announced) 2019 ? 2019 ? t.b.a.
(445?) PA: Philadelphia; (new overlay area code and exact dates not yet officially announced) 2019 ? t.b.a.
870 (327) AR: Jonesboro, Pine Bluff, southern, eastern, north central (surrounds Little Rock on 3 sides) originally announced for 2013‑05‑18 but postponed indefinitely 2020 ? (suspended) 327-327-1327 
(672) BC: entire province of British Columbia, Canada 2020 ? ??? 
(835?) PA: Philadelphia suburbs; (new overlay area code and exact dates not yet officially announced) 2019 ? t.b.a.
618 (730) IL: East St. Louis, southern t.b.a. t.b.a. t.b.a.
803 (839?) SC: Columbia, central; (new overlay area code and exact dates not yet officially announced) 2021 ? 2021 ? t.b.a.

black - new area code is already in use and mandatory
blue - new area code in permissive status (use either old or new)
green - new area code not yet in use
red - special notations

"10D/1+10D" refers to the date on which it becomes mandatory to dial all local calls with the area code. In some areas, you must dial only the area code and number, for a total of 10 digits. In other areas, you must dial 1 plus the area code and number on all calls. In yet other areas, you may optionally dial 10D or 1+10D on some or all local calls. If no date is listed in this column, the area already has mandatory 10D/1+10D local calls, or the listing is for a non-geographic code (such as toll-free numbers) in which there are no local calls, as such.

"Overlay" refers to the date on which the new code goes into effect; that is, the first date on which numbers in the new code may be assigned and used.

New area codes indicated with a question mark are speculation, based on available industry data. However, the information should not be considered reliable until it is officially confirmed by NANPA.

The Test Number is a special number (usually, though not always, not charged) that allows you to test whether all the links in the chain from you to a new area code are operating correctly. In order for you to reach a new area code, your premises equipment (office PBX, for example) must allow you to dial it. Then the telco central office must accept the new area code as valid and route it correctly. If the new area code is outside your LATA, your chosen long-distance carrier must also route the call correctly. Calling one of these numbers will usually reach a simple recording saying something like, "You have successfully completed a call to area code XXX." Note that some test numbers are billable numbers, possibly at international rates. However, most test numbers in the U.S. and Canada will not bill. In cases where a test number is shown ending with –TEST, dial –8378; for –BILL, dial –2455. Where possible, a test number that is known to bill is marked with a "$" before the number.

Note that the test number for a new area code is usually disconnected within a few months after the mandatory date. If you dial one of the older test numbers shown here, you may reach an ordinary subscriber.

Area code 500 and its cousins are no longer used for the old "follow‑me" service, which was discontinued several years ago for lack of interest; similar services exist with toll-free 800/etc. numbers. However, these non-geographic codes have found new life as billing numbers (mostly non-dialable from the public telephone network) for iPads, Android tablets, home alarm systems, and other devices. Your iPad might be assigned the number 577-xxx-xxxx, but don't try dialing it from your landline or mobile phone.

In southern California, two old area code splits will be erased in a maneuver known as a "boundary elimination overlay". In downtown Los Angeles, the boundary between 213 and 323 will be eliminated; in San Diego, the boundary between 619 and 858 will be eliminated. In each case, the two existing area codes will become an overlay, with numbers from either code assignable anywhere in the combined geographic territory.

Area code 512 in central Texas was planned for a concentrated overlay in 2001, with Austin, Georgetown, and San Marcos in the 512 & 737 overlay, while outlying communities including Lampasas, Lockhart, Dripping Springs, Taylor, Bastrop, and Jarrell would have remained only in 512. However, the plan was shelved when number conservation efforts significantly extended the life of 512. The overlay was finally resurrected in 2012; it took effect 2013‑07‑01 as a general overlay of 737 on the entirety of 512.

Area code 870, which covers most of the land area of the state of Arkansas, was scheduled to have an overlay on 2013‑05‑18, but number conservation measures extended its life by several years, so the overlay has been postponed indefinitely. Look for it some time around 2018 or 2019.

The state of Illinois has not yet established effective dates for the 618/730 and 217/447 overlays, which will be implemented as the existing codes run low on available numbers.

The 270/364 split in western Kentucky was postponed several times and then finally cancelled, and then reborn as an overlay!

There have been no area code splits — only overlays — since 2007‑10‑07, and no splits are planned. Canada has not had an area code split since 1999‑01‑25; they had their first overlay on 2001‑03‑25 and haven't looked back.

Long-dormant overlay plans in Maryland, North Carolina, and Connecticut are finally being implemented, more than 10 years after the overlays were originally ordered.

The Caribbean island of St. Martin is divided between France and the Netherlands. The Dutch side, known as Sint Maarten, has joined the North American Numbering Plan as area code 721. The change was originally scheduled for 2010, but was postponed until 2011‑09‑30 (permissive), 2012‑09‑30 (mandatory). You now must use +1 721; from North America, dial 1‑721. All current 7-digit numbers in Sint Maarten begin with '5', but new numbering ranges will be added in the future. The French side continues to use +590, or 011‑590 from North America. (The French side now has the ISO country code MF, but .mf is not used for the Internet. Use either .gp (Guadeloupe) or .fr (France) for French St.‑Martin.)

Het Caribische eiland Sint Maarten is verdeeld tussen Frankrijk en Nederland. Het Nederlandse deel heeft zich aangesloten bij de Noord-Amerikaanse Nummering Plan (+1) zoals het netnummer 721. De verandering was oorspronkelijk gepland voor 2010, maar werd uitgesteld. Permissieve bellen eindigde 2012‑09‑30, en de nieuwe nummers zijn nu verplicht. Alle huidige 7-cijferige nummers in Sint Maarten beginnen met '5', maar nieuwe nummering reeksen kunnen worden toegevoegd. Gebruikt u de internationale landcode +1 721; uit Noord-Amerika, kies 1–721. Het Franse deel zal blijven +590 te gebruiken, of 011–590 uit Noord-Amerika. De andere Nederlandse eilanden in het Caribisch gebied niet veranderd. Sint Maarten is toegewezen ISO-landcode SX en de .sx Internet-domein.

L'île antillaise de Saint-Martin est divisée entre la France et les Pays-Bas. La partie néerlandaise, Sint Maarten, a rejoint le Plan de Numérotation Nord-américain (+1) avec l'indicatif régional 721 et le domaine de l'Internet .sx (actuellement en vigueur). Pourtant, la transition a été remise. Composition facultative (composer +599 ou +1 721) a commencé le 2011‑09‑30; à partir de 2012‑09‑30, le +1 721 est obligatoire. Tous les numéros actuels à 7 chiffres à Sint Maarten commencent par '5', mais d'autres numéros pourraient être ajoutés. Pendant la période permissive, on pouvait utiliser l'indicatif de pays +599 ou l'indicatif nord-américain +1 721; en Amérique du Nord, composer le 011–599 ou le 1–721. Maintenant il faut utiliser seulement +1 721. La partie française continuera d'utiliser +590, ou 011–590 d'Amérique du Nord.

Editorial commentary and explanatory notes about area code splits have now been moved off onto a separate page.

Don't see a split listed here that used to be? Splits and overlays that have been cancelled or indefinitely postponed may no longer be shown.

Time Zone information is now available on the "Locator" page, which lists all active and upcoming area codes in numeric order with major cities.

There is an excellent listing of state/provincial regulatory agencies provided by the state of New York.

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