Symbols and abbreviations

Keep your addresses short enough to stay within Machineable guidelines by using abbreviations.

Street types

This list isn’t exhaustive.

Street type Abbreviation
A
Abbey ABBEY
Acres ACRES
Alley ALLEY
Avenue AVE
B
Bay BAY
Beach BEACH
Bend BEND
Boulevard BLVD
By-pass BYPASS
Byway BYWAY
C
Campus CAMPUS
Cape CAPE
Centre CTR
Chase CHASE
Circle CIR
Circuit CIRCT
Close CLOSE
Common COMMON
Concession CONC
Corners CRNRS
Court CRT
Cove COVE
Crescent CRES
Crossing CROSS
Cul-de-sac CDS
D
Dale DALE
Dell DELL
Diversion DIVERS
Downs DOWNS
Drive DR
E
End END
Esplanade ESPL
Estates ESTATE
Expressway EXPY
Extension EXTEN
F
Farm FARM
Field FIELD
Forest FOREST
Freeway FWY
Front FRONT
G
Gardens GDNS
Gate GATE
Glade GLADE
Glen GLEN&
Green GREEN
Grounds GRNDS
Grove GROVE
H
Harbour HARBR
Heath HEATH
Heights HTS
Highlands HGHLDS
Highway HWY
Hill HILL
Hollow HOLLOW
I
Inlet INLET
Island ISLAND
K
Key KEY
Knoll KNOLL
Street type Abbreviation
L
Landing LANDNG
Lane LANE
Limits LMTS
Line LINE
Link LINK
Lookout LKOUT
Loop LOOP
M
Mall MALL
Manor MANOR
Maze MAZE
Meadow MEADOW
Mews MEWS
Moor MOOR
Mount MOUNT
Mountain MTN
O
Orchard ORCH
P
Parade PARADE
Park PK
Parkway PKY
Passage PASS
Path PATH
Pathway PTWAY
Pines PINES
Place PL
Plateau PLAT
Plaza PLAZA
Point PT
Port PORT
Private PVT
Promenade PROM
Q
Quay QUAY
R
Ramp RAMP
Range RG
Ridge RIDGE 
Rise RISE
Road RD
Route RTE
Row ROW
Run RUN
S
Square SQ
Street ST
Subdivision SUBDIV
T
Terrace TERR
Thicket THICK
Towers TOWERS
Townline TLINE
Trail TRAIL
Turnabout TRNABT
V
Vale VALE
Via VIA
View VIEW
Village VILLGE
Villas VILLAS
Vista VISTA
W
Walk WALK
Way WAY
Wharf WHARF
Wood WOOD
Wynd WYND

Street directions

Street direction Abbreviation
East E
North N
Northeast NE
Northwest NW
South S
Southeast SE
Southwest SW
West W

Unit designators

The following are the most technologically efficient unit designators.

Unit designator Abbreviation
Apartment APT
Suite SUITE
Unit UNIT

Canadian provinces and territories

Province or territory Abbreviation
Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
Manitoba MB
New Brunswick NB
Newfoundland and Labrador NL
Nova Scotia NS
Province or territory Abbreviation
Nunavut NU
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PE
Quebec QC
Saskatchewan SK
Yukon YT

U.S. state, territory, and possession abbreviations

State / territory / possession Abbreviations
A
Alabama AL
Alaska AK
American Samoa AS
Arizona AZ
Arkansas AR
Armed Forces Africa AE
Armed Forces America AA
Armed Forces Canada AE
Armed Forces Europe AE
Armed Forces Middle East AE
Armed Forces Pacific AP
C
California CA
Colorado CO
Conneticut CT
D
Delaware DE
District of Columbia DC
F
Florida FL
G
Georgia GA
Guam GU
H
Hawaii HI
I
Idaho ID
Illinois IL
Indiana IN
Iowa IA
K
Kansas KS
Kentucky KY
L
Louisiana LA
M
Maine ME
Marshall Islands MH
Maryland MD
Massachusetts MA
Michigan MI
Micronesia FM
State / territory / possession Abbreviations
Minnesota MN
Minor Outlying Islands UM
Mississippi MS
Missouri MO
Montana MT
N
Nebraska NE
Nevada NV
New Hampshire NH
New Jersey NJ
New Mexico NM
New York NY
North Carolina NC
North Dakota ND
Northern Mariana Islands MP
O
Ohio OH
Oklahoma OK
Oregon OR
P
Palau PW
Pennslyvania PA
Puerto Rico PR
R
Rhode Island RI
S
South Carolina SC
South Dakota SD
T
Tennessee TN
Texas TX
U
Utah UT
V
Vermont VT
Virginia VA
Virgin Islands VI
W
Washington WA
West Virginia WV
Wisconsin WI
Wyoming WY