First things first
Before we get started, address validation and address verification are often thought to be the same thing, but within AddressTools, they are two separate pieces of functionality. Let’s take a closer look at both so you can work on implementing the right features for your organization.
What is address validation?
Address validation provides validation rules to the configured address blocks in Salesforce. For example, make fields mandatory, limit field entry to only acceptable values, and enforce regular expressions for fields like Zip/postal code. Validation rules are great for ensuring that data meets organizational requirements, simplifying reporting, minimizing dirty data, and it can be essential to reduce integration syncing headaches.
What is address verification?
Address verification leverages external data points such as USPS, Royal Mail and Canada Post to verify the deliverability of an address. There are interactive real-time and automated/batch options available to verify address data with AddressTools. To find out more about address verification in AddressTools, check out the Understanding address verification in AddressTools article.
What address validation rules are available in AddressTools?
See a full list of validation rules available in AddressTools below:
Allow Only Listed Countries
Street 1 Mandatory
Street 2 Mandatory
ZIP Code Mandatory
Allow Only Listed States
Validate Postal Code Against Regex
Enable City and State Validation Against US ZIP Code
Allow Only Listed ZIP Codes
Now that we know what validation rules are available, let’s take a look at configuring the country-specific validation rules, followed by enabling all the rules for configured address blocks.