LincMad’s New Area Code Dates

Last updated

Older splits and overlays (effective before ) — see oldnews.html;
Note: all dates are in year-month-day format, so = May 20, 2022.
Dates given in the form are 3rd Quarter of 2021, 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
215
267
445 PA: Philadelphia 445-990-TEST
916 279 CA: Sacramento 279-279-1279
619
858
619 & 858 CA: San Diego; (“boundary elimination overlay”: 619/858 geographic split boundary from 1999 has been erased, forming the new 619 & 858 overlay, effective ) (none)
805 820 CA: San Luis Obispo, Oxnard 820-820-1820
609 640 NJ: Trenton, Atlantic City 640-990-TEST
418
581
367 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
1–367 + (210, 410, 510, 610, 810, ou/or 999) + (–TEST/–8378 ou/or –BILL$/–2455$)
876 658 Jamaica: entire nation 658-295-TEST
658-357-TEST
658-465-TEST
658-644-TEST
604
250
778
236
672 BC: entire province of British Columbia, Canada 1–672 + (580, 610, 710, 810, or/ou 999) + (–TEST/–8378 or/ou –BILL$/–2455$)
407
321
689 FL: Orlando; (area code 321 continues to be also a non-overlay code for the “Space Coast” area) 689-689-1689
500
etc.
524 non-geographic: more numbers for iPads, tablets, etc. — mostly non-dialable from ordinary phones (none)
510 341 CA: Oakland, Fremont, Richmond 341-341-1341
205 659 AL: Birmingham, Tuscaloosa 659-659-1659
937 326 OH: Dayton 326-326-1326
803 839 SC: Columbia, central 839-839-1839
500
etc.
525 non-geographic: more numbers for iPads, tablets, etc. — mostly non-dialable from ordinary phones (none)
214
etc.
945 TX: Dallas and suburbs; area code 945 will be added to 214 & 972 & 469 overlay 945-945-1945
500
etc.
526 non-geographic: more numbers for iPads, tablets, etc. — mostly non-dialable from ordinary phones (none)
909 840 CA: San Bernardino, Ontario 840-840-1840
217 447 IL: Champaign, Springfield 447-447-1447
814 582 PA: Altoona, Erie: originally scheduled as an overlay in 2002, then shelved, then scheduled as a split for , with Erie changing to 582 and Altoona keeping 814, then shelved again. However, the overlay finally happened on . 582-990-TEST
405 572 OK: Oklahoma City 572-572-1572
850 448 FL: Tallahassee, Pensacola, panhandle 448-448-1448
500
etc.
527 non-geographic: more numbers for iPads, tablets, etc. — mostly non-dialable from ordinary phones (none)
306
639
474 SK: entire province of Saskatchewan, Canada 1–474 +
(210, 410, 610, or 810)
+ (–TEST/–8378 or/ou
–BILL$/–2455$)
905
etc.
742 ON: Toronto suburbs (not including the city of Toronto); the 905 & 289 & 365 overlay added 742 on 1–742 +
(222, 610, or/ou 999)
+ –TEST/–8378 or/ou
–BILL$/–2455$)
202 771 DC: the city of Washington, D.C. 771-990-TEST
(multi) Major change throughout the United States: A total of 82 U.S. area codes in 35 states (plus Guam) are changing to mandatory 10-digit or 1+10D dialing for local calls, phased in from through in preparation for the introduction of the national 988 suicide prevention lifeline. (More information on “The Big 10D”)
708 464 IL: La Grange, certain suburbs south or west of Chicago; (Originally approved in 1999, but not formally scheduled until July 2021, effective .) ‎‡‎ 464-464-1464
813 656 FL: Tampa; (postponed due to Covid-19)
‎‡‎

656-656-1656
500
etc.
528 non-geographic: more numbers for iPads, tablets, etc. — mostly non-dialable from ordinary phones (none)
404
770
etc.
943 GA: Atlanta metro area; 404 & 770 & 678 & 470 & 943) 943-943-1943
613
343
753 ON: Ottawa; (originally planned for , the date was advanced by more than a year, to ) (initialement prévu pour le , le recouvrement fut avancé de plus d’un an jusqu’au ) 1-753-610 + (–TEST/–8378 or/ou –BILL$/–2455$)
403
780
etc.
368 AB: entire province of Alberta, Canada, area codes 403, 780, 587, and 825 1–368 + (410, 610, 645, 710, 810, 888, or 999) + (–TEST/–8378 or/ou –BILL$/–2455$)
757 948 VA: Norfolk, Virginia Beach (revised official dates) 948-990-TEST
540 (826) VA: Roanoke, Harrisonburg, outer suburbs of Washington, D.C. ‎‡‎ 826-990-TEST
303
720
(983) CO: Denver metro area 983-983-1983
705
249
(683) ON: Sudbury, Peterborough 1–683–610 + –TEST/–8378) or/ou –BILL$/–2455$)
910 (472) NC: Wilmington, Fayetteville; (Area code 472 will overlay 910; date advanced by nearly 7 months) ‎‡‎ 472-472-1472
314 (557) MO: St. Louis; (suspended in 2002, finally resurrected in 2021) ‎‡‎ 557-557-1557
610
484
(835) PA: Philadelphia suburbs 835-990-TEST
514
438
(263) QC: Montréal (city only, not including suburbs) • (la ville seulement, banlieue non incluse) 1-263 + (210 ou/or 610) + (–TEST/–8378 ou/or –BILL$/–2455$)
450
579
(354) QC: Laval, suburbs/banlieue of Montréal; officially confirmed • officiellement confirmé 1–354 +
(210, 580, 610, 710, 999)
+ (–TEST/–8378
ou/or –BILL$/–2455$)
819
873
(468) QC: Gatineau/Hull, central, western, and northern Québec • Gatineau/Hull, le centre, l’ouest, et le nord du Québec 1–468 + (210 or/ou 610) + –TEST(–8378) or/ou –BILL$(–2455)$
204
431
(584) MB: entire/l’ensemble de la province 382-610-TEST
382-610-BILL$
209 (350) CA: Stockton, Modesto; (The 209 area code was expected to run out of numbers around 2026 or 2027, but updated projections advanced that date to late 2022. Despite having more than a year to prepare, the California Public Utilities Commission dithered and delayed for no apparent reason, waiting until well after the last possible moment to rubber-stamp the obviously inevitable conclusion. Finally, on the CPUC announced that area code 350 will be added as an overlay on 209 in late 2022, but they still have not decided the effective date for the overlay. ‎‡‎ 2022-Q4? t.b.d.
561 (728) FL: Palm Beach County ‎‡‎ 728-728-1728
516 (363) NY: Nassau County (western Long Island); (516 & 363 overlay) ‎‡‎ 363-990-TEST
500
etc.
(529) non-geographic: more numbers for iPads, tablets, etc. — mostly non-dialable from ordinary phones 2023-Q1? (none)
816 (975) MO: Kansas City; (suspended in 2002, finally resurrected in 2021) ‎‡‎ 975-975-1975
309 (861) IL: Bloomington, Peoria, Quad Cities; effective date t.b.a. ‎‡‎ t.b.a.
845 (329) NY: Poughkeepsie, north suburbs of NYC (except Westchester County) ‎‡‎ 329-990-TEST
513 (283) OH: Cincinnati; (Reinstated; back in 2001, 283 was announced as the new overlay code, but then, in 2002, 283 was assigned as a prefix in 513 (i.e., numbers of the form 513-283-xxxx), which usually would mean that 283 would not be used as an overlay, due to the obvious potential for confusion. However, the PUCO announced that 283 will be the overlay, effective ) ‎‡‎ 283-283-0283
506 (428) NB: entire province of New Brunswick, Canada •
l’ensemble de la province du Nouveau-Brunswick


 
519
etc.
(382) ON: London, Windsor 584-610-TEST
584-610-BILL$
707 (369?) CA: north coast of California, Santa Rosa, Napa, Eureka; (The 707 area code is expected to run out of numbers in late 2023, so relief planning is already underway. It will definitely be an overlay, since 707 is already scheduled to change to 10D local calling because of The Big 10D. The new overlay area code has not been officially announced; 627 and 369 were previously reserved for a planned three-way split of 707, but 627 is in use as a prefix, so 369 is a solid bet.) 2021-10-24‡ 2023-Q2 ? t.b.a.
305
786
(645) FL: Miami/Dade, Florida Keys 645-645-1645
480
602
623
480
602
623
AZ: Phoenix metro area; the boundaries from the 602/480/623 split will be erased, creating the 602 & 480 & 623 overlay; in practice, mostly new 623 numbers will be assigned into the current 480 and 602 areas; the 480‡ area has mandatory 10D local calls due to The Big 10D (none)
920 (274) WI: Green Bay, northeastern; (originally scheduled for 2012, finally scheduled for )
‎‡‎

274-274-0274
573 (235) MO: Columbia, Jefferson City, Cape Girardeau, eastern Missouri outside the St. Louis metro area; dates to be determined, probably some time in mid- to late 2024 t.b.a.
870 (327) AR: Jonesboro, Pine Bluff, southern, eastern, north central (surrounds Little Rock on 3 sides) originally announced for but postponed indefinitely, finally scheduled for ; note: area code 870 is not affected by “The Big 10D” and will thus retain 7‑digit local calls until the overlay 327-327-1327
301
240
(227) MD: Silver Spring, suburbs of Washington, D.C.; (dates t.b.a.) 2024 ? t.b.a.
618 (730) IL: East St. Louis, southern; (postponed) ‎‡‎ ? t.b.a.
313
734
(679) MI: Detroit, Ann Arbor; (suspended; 679 will overlay 313, circa 2026, and expand to also overlay 734, circa 2038. Neither 313 nor 734 is affected by “The Big 10D.”) 2026 ? 2026 ? t.b.a.
440 (tba) OH: Lorain, Ashtabula; (new overlay area code not yet officially announced; relief postponed to about 2028) ‎‡‎ ? t.b.a.
709 (879) NL: entire province of Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada (postponed indefinitely) • l’ensemble de la province de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, Canada (remis indéfiniment)


suspended



suspendu
1–879 + (610, 620, 630, 640, 710, 777, 888, or/ou 999) + (–TEST/–8378 or/ou –BILL$/–2455$)
How to read the chart

black - new area code is already in use
blue - mandatory 10D (or 1+10D) dialing is in effect in preparation for an overlay
green - new area code not yet in use
red - special notations
t.b.a. - to be announced à communiquerse anunciará
t.b.d. - to be determined à déterminerse determinará
- area affected by “The Big 10D”; mandatory 10D begins no earlier than , no later than , generally at each carrier’s discretion except where a different date is listed here
$ - test number known to bill

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, or for calls within your own area code overlay whether the call is local or toll. 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. will not bill. In cases where a test number is shown ending with –TEST, dial –8378 (no charge); for –BILL, dial –2455 (billed).

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.

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.


Notes about specific areas

In Arizona, the 602 area code for Phoenix underwent a 3‑way split in 1999, creating the 480 and 623 area codes for the east and west sides, respectively. However, the 480 area code is now running out of numbers, with 602 not far behind, while 623 has enough numbers to last for several decades. Thus, the Arizona PUC decided to do a first-of-its-kind double boundary elimination overlay. Because 623 has by far the most unused numbers, there will be many 623 numbers assigned to areas now in 480 and 602, but few if any 480 or 602 numbers will be assigned outside their current boundaries.

In early 2021, several area codes that were not expected to run out of numbers until 2024 or later, found themselves with revised projections indicating they need overlays Real Soon Now. The most stark of these is Illinois’ area code 708 (see below).

California’s area code 209 is expected to run out of numbers by the end of 2022. The telecom industry asked regulators to finalize plans for an overlay no later than , but the CPUC dithered and delayed, finally announcing on that area code 350 will be added as an overlay, on a date still to be determined. The industry said it was critical that the CPUC issue a final decision no later than but the CPUC blithely blew right through that deadline, leaving a real threat of some customers in 209 being unable to get telephone numbers until the overlay actually happens. If you read through the May 19th decision — still marked as “proposed” — it contains several contradictory statements regarding the timing.

The state of Illinois approved overlays for area codes 217, 708, and 618, but left the implementation dates open, to be triggered when each area code runs low enough on available numbers. The 217/447 overlay happened on 2021-03-27, 708/464 finally went into effect on 2022-01-21, and 618/730 is currently projected for 2025. The plan indicated that there would be a 13‑month transition period in each area for permissive and then mandatory 10‑digit dialing, test numbers, and finally assignment and activation of numbers in the new area code. However, the official announcement of dates for 708/464 came with barely 6 months to the activation date. The saving grace is that 708 and 618 (and all the area codes in Illinois) are slated for mandatory 10D local calls as of 2021-10-24, so a major hurdle for both telcos and customers will already be cleared when the overlays are ready to be activated. (In fact, nationally, of the area codes that are keeping 7D local calls, the first to see an overlay is likely to be Maine’s 207 around mid-2024.)

The state of Missouri approved overlays for area codes 314 and 816, originally scheduled for 2001, then postponed until 2002, then suspended indefinitely. On , the effective dates were finally announced for 2022 and 2023. Area code 573 is also expected to need an overlay (probably 235), circa 2024, but details have not yet been officially announced.

The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador was scheduled to have an overlay of new area code 879 on existing area code 709, effective , but evolving conditions led the CRTC to postpone the overlay repeatedly, and finally postpone it indefinitely.

fr: La province canadienne de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador devait mettre en œuvre un recouvrement de l’indicatif 709 avec le nouvel indicatif 879, à compter du , mais en raison des conditions évolutives le CRTC a remis plusieurs fois le recouvrement, et enfin le remit indéfiniment.

The Canadian province of New Brunswick was scheduled to have an overlay of new area code 428 on existing area code 506, effective , but evolving conditions led the CRTC to postpone the overlay, first to , and again to .

fr: La province canadienne du Nouveau-Brunswick devait mettre en œuvre un recouvrement de l’indicatif 506 avec le nouvel indicatif 428, à compter du , mais en raison des conditions évolutives le CRTC a remis le recouvrement. La date d’entrée en vigueur de a été remis encore jusqu’au .

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

Area code 870, which covers most of the land area of the state of Arkansas, was scheduled to have an overlay on , but number conservation measures extended its life by several years, so the overlay was postponed indefinitely. The effective date has finally been announced: . In the mean time, though, area code 870 will retain 7‑digit local calling, because there is no 870-988-xxxx prefix.

There have been no area code splits — only overlays — since , and no splits are planned. Canada has not had an area code split since ; Canada had its first overlay on and hasn’t looked back.

In fact, Canada is already planning overlays in every province, not including the territories of northern Canada, between now and 2024, although the overlay for Newfoundland and Labrador has been postponed indefinitely. When that overlay finally happens, the only parts of Canada Without overlays will be area code 867 (Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut) and area code 807 (northwestern Ontario, including Thunder Bay). On the chopping block also are local interprovincial 7‑digit dialing arrangements for Labrador City and Wabush, NL, and for Campbellton, NB, into the 418 & 581 & 367 area of eastern Québec. Those 7‑digit dialing arrangements will be terminated when Newfoundland & Labrador and New Brunswick implement mandatory 10‑digit local calls in preparation for their own overlays.

fr: En fait, le Canada prévoit déjà recouvrir tous les indicatifs (sauf 867 et 807) avant 2024, mais le recouvrement de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (709) a été remis indéfiniment. À partir de ce recouvrement, les seules régions du Canada sans recouvrements seront l’indicatif 867 — le Yukon, les T.N.O., et le Nunavut — et l’indicatif 807 — le nord-ouest de l’Ontario, y compris Thunder Bay. On va éliminer aussi les arrangements interprovinciaux de composition locale à 7 chiffres pour Labrador City et pour Wabush, et pour Campbellton, Nouveau-Brunswick, vers l’est du Québec. Ces arrangements seront remis lorsque Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador et le Nouveau-Brunswick mettront en œuvre la composition locale obligatoire à 10 chiffres pour se préparer à leurs propres recouvrements.


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