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ZIP Code Lookup Template

In this template tutorial, I'm going to show you how to perform a ZIP code lookup. You will be able to enter a ZIP code and have the system return the city and state for that ZIP code (yes, works with most foreign countries too). If it doesn't exist in the database, you will be prompted to add it.

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Free Version

Want to learn more about this template and how it's built? The first video above is the FREE TechHelp version of the template and shows how to work with a single city/state for a ZIP code. Click on the download link to get a copy of the FREE template created in the video.

Extended Version

In the Extended Version of this tutorial, if the ZIP code exists but there is only ONE city in the database for that ZIP code, it will return it and populate your customer form. If the ZIP code exists but there are multiple cities, a form will appear allowing the user to select which city to use.

ZIP Code Lookup Template Microsoft Access

You can purchase your copy of this tutorial by clicking on the button below. You get the full 27 minute extended video tutorial plus an editable template:

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If you would like to discuss customizing this database for your needs, please see my consulting page for details on rates and other information.


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Kendred Berg 
2 months ago
Hi Richard,
I just signed up for the extended video however the video is greatly distorted and unviewable. So far all the other videos that I have watched are fine. Any suggestions?
Scott Axton
2 months ago
I just tried it.  Looks fine on my computer.  You might want to restart to clear out your memory.  Try clearing your browser cache too  of it still persists.
Kendred Berg
36 days ago
Rebooted, cleared cache...nothing
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Ray White 
18 months ago
Hi Richard
On the ZIPLookupF you have the code
    Forms!CustomerF!City = City
    Forms!CustomerF!State = State
    Forms!CustomerF!Country = Country
Richard Rost
18 months ago
Yeah, that's a limitation of how I built it. A trick I've used to make a form flexible so it can be called from any number of different forms is to store the name of the CALLING form (the form that opened it) in a hidden field on ZipLookupF. So you might have:

Docmd.OpenForm "ZipLookupF"
Forms!ZipLookupF!HiddenCallingFormName = "ClientF"

Now in the ZipLookupF instead of "hard coding" CustomerF, you could say:

Forms(HiddenCallingFormName)!City = City
Forms(HiddenCallingFormName)!State = State

I use this trick in my Calendar Seminar and Templates so that ANY form can call the Calendar popup.

Good question!
Richard Rost
18 months ago
Or to make THAT code even MORE flexible, you could say:

Docmd.OpenForm "ZipLookupF"
Forms!ZipLookupF!HiddenCallingFormName = Me.Name

And now you can just drop that code into ANY form without having to edit the form name.
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