About Additional Input Data

Validate Address Loqate ignores some input data during the address standardization process. This extraneous data (sometimes referred to as "dropped data") is returned in the AdditionalInputData field column. Some examples of dropped data include:

  • Delivery instructions (for example, "Leave at back door")
  • Phone numbers (for example, "555-135-8792")
  • Attention lines (for example, "Attn: John Smith")

Data such as this is generally not embedded in an address. If it is embedded, Validate Address Loqate can usually identify this extraneous data and return it in the AdditionalInputData field column.

Note: Validate Address Loqate does not return dropped data from split indicia addresses. A split indicia address is one where a primary address is split between multiple address lines. For example, if the primary address is "1 Green River Valley Rd" then the following would be a split indicia version of this address: 1 Green River Valley Rd 01230

If there is more than one piece of dropped data in an address, each piece of data is separated by a semicolon and a space ("; ") for U.S. addresses and a space for addresses outside the U.S. The order of dropped data in AdditionalInputData is:

  1. Care of, mail stop (U.S. addresses only)
  2. Other extraneous data found on address lines
  3. Entire unused data lines

For example, if this is the input address:

123 Main St C/O John Smith
Apt 5 Drop at back dock

Then AdditionalInputData would contain:

C/O John Smith; Apt 5 Drop At Back Dock; 555-123-4567; Jsmith@something.com; 555-123-4567

Validate Address Loqate can handle the following types of extraneous data: