Mandatory Area Code Changes Effective October 24, 2021

Mandatory 10-Digit Dialing Becomes Effective on October 24, 2021 for Multiple States/Area Codes; 988 Becomes Available Nationwide on July 16, 2022

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted “988” as a new 3-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, starting July 16, 2022.

  • Wireless customers may dial either 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach the Lifeline now.
  • Landline customers must continue to dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach the Lifeline until July 16, 2022.

For “988” to work for everyone with a telephone number in the below list of area codes, 10-digit local dialing (or 1+10-digit dialing for wireline customers in the area codes below with an asterisk) must be implemented. If your area code is included in the list below, you need to dial the area code for all local calls starting on October 24, 2021.

StateArea CodesStateArea Codes
Alabama251Minnesota218, 952
Alaska907Mississippi662
Arizona480, 520, 928Missouri314, 417, 660, 816
Arkansas501Montana406
California209*, 530*, 562*, 626*, 650*, 707*, 925*, 949*, 951*Nevada775
Colorado719, 970New Hampshire603
Delaware302New Jersey856, 908
Florida321 (Brevard County), 352, 561, 941New Mexico505, 575
Georgia478, 912New York516, 607, 716, 845, 914
Guam671North Carolina910
Hawaii808Ohio440, 513
Illinois309, 618, 708*South Dakota605
Indiana219, 574Tennessee731, 865
Iowa319, 515Texas254, 361, 409, 806, 830, 915, 940
Kansas620, 785Vermont802
Kentucky859Virginia276, 804
Louisiana337, 504Washington509
Michigan616, 810, 906, 989Wisconsin262, 414, 608, 920

* 1 + 10-digit dialing is required for landline customers.          

What do you need to do?
Before October 24, 2021, in addition to changing the way you dial local calls, all services, automatic dialing equipment, or other types of equipment that are programmed to complete calls to 7-digit local numbers will need to be reprogrammed to complete calls to 10-digit (or 1+10-digit) numbers, including the area code. Some examples are: life safety systems and medical monitoring devices, PBXs, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, fire or burglar alarm systems, other security systems or gates, speed dialers, mobile or other wireless phone contact lists, call forwarding settings, voicemail services, and other similar functions. Be sure to check your website, personal and business stationery, advertising materials, personal and business checks, contact information, your personal or pet ID tags, and other such items to ensure the area code is included.

What will remain the same?

  • Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
  • The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to this dialing change.
  • What is a local call now will remain a local call regardless of the number of digits dialed.
  • You will continue to dial 1 + area code + telephone number for all long distance calls.
  • You can still dial just three digits to reach 911 (emergency services) and 711 (relay services), as well as 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, or 811 where those services are available in your community.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can still be reached by dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Will you be able to dial 988 without a prefix from a multi-line telephone system?
No, you still will need to dial a prefix first when dialing 988 from a multi-line telephone system, where a prefix is required (for example, dialing 9 first from a hotel or office building multi-line telephone system).

Can you still dial 1-800-273-TALK to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline?
Yes, you can dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach the Lifeline now (wireless customers can dial 988 now too). Starting July 16, 2022, everyone can dial either 988 or 1-800-273-TALK to reach the Lifeline.

Is 988 a new area code?
No, “988” is a new 3-digit code that may be used to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, starting on July 16, 2022.

To minimize confusion when dialing work and personal contacts, please distribute this information as widely possible as the compliance date of October 24, 2021 is less than two weeks away. 

BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.

As always, be safe.

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