TLDR: Suggestions are shown when there address is not ambiguous

Customers make all sorts of mistakes including:

  • missing house #
  • incorrect house #
  • missing apartment #
  • incorrect zip code
  • typo in street name or city
  • any combination of the above

Address Validator will show suggested corrections when possible. For example, when a customer inputs the wrong zip code or misspells a street name, the Address Validator app will offer suggested changes. However, the app often cannot offer suggested changes because the address is ambiguous. Common examples of this are:

  • missing street #
  • incorrect house #
  • missing apartment #

There is no way Address Validator can offer suggested changes for these scenarios because there are too many possibilities (ie there may be 200 units in an apartment complex). 

Example: 401 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This address does not exist and if you try to find it on Google Maps, it drops a pin in the middle of the street:

If a customer specifies this into the address form, he/she will be prompted with a warning message that looks like this:

No suggestions could be made in this case because there are too many possibilities - there are buildings surround this point on the map. If the user specifies an address that is slightly wrong, he/she will be shown suggested changes via a prompt that looks like this:

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