# Validate and fix US Zip code (5) if needed

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• Updated 9 months ago
I have a zip code field that may have more than or less than 5  characters.....I would like to create a text formula field that would Validate and fix my [Zip code (5)] field.

If the zip code is related to a [State] that has a leading zero at the beginning --- then I would like to add a leading zero if missing.....

Any advice or help is greatly appreciated

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Posted 10 months ago

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You can make a text formula field like this

Right("0000" & totext([my numeric zip code field]),5)

that will change a numeric field like

1234
to be 01234

But I do not know what logic would be used to make a zip code shorter.  can you give an example of the data you are dealing with and if the field is text or numeric?
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Mark, thank you!! for your help. I used your formula but in reverse order. (because many of the zip codes where Zip + 4 --- so I had to approach from the LEFT.

Formula I used
If([ZipZeroState]=true and Begins([ShipTo_Zip],"0"), Left([ShipTo_Zip],5),If([ZipZeroState]=true, Left("0" & [ShipTo_Zip],5),Left([ShipTo_Zip],5))

[ZipZeroState] Case([ShipTo_State],"CT",true,"NJ",true,"MA",true,"ME",true,"NH",true,"PR",true,"RI",true,"VT",true,"AE",true,false)

Thank you again
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OK, glad my clues helped.
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Always....thanks again