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29707 residents must begin using new ZIP

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By Jenny Hartley

INDIAN LAND – If you haven't made changes to your personal information using Indian Land's 29707 ZIP code issued last year, the time is now.

The new ZIP – 29707 – was added to the U.S. Postal Service's database on July 1, 2007, to assist with the growth in that area, U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Enola C. Rice said.

Indian Land used to share a ZIP code – 29715 – with Fort Mill residents in neighboring York County.

Residents and businesses were advised to update their information with the new ZIP code before July 1, 2008, which is Tuesday.

Local officials and some residents wanted Indian Land to have a ZIP code of its own.

Because Indian Land is not an incorporated area, the postal service could not issue an official ZIP code for Indian Land, because Indian Land is not recognized as a city.

The 29707 ZIP code is still considered a Fort Mill code, although it only applies to Lancaster County addresses.

The postal service's processing equipment recognizes Fort Mill as the preferred identifier and Indian Land as an acceptable entry when it comes to the ZIP code, Rice said.

Residents may use either Fort Mill or Indian Land SC 29707 as the last line of their address and their mail will be delivered properly.

Indian Land residents reported several problems with the new ZIP code last year.

Mail moved along more slowly through the system.

Residents' insurance rates rose because the ZIP put them into a demographically different area with higher premium rates.

Rice said there were initial problems, but they were quickly resolved.

Businesses update their addressing software at various times and with various software vendors that may not contain the Postal Service's complete database, which may have led to some of the problems, Rice said.

Drivers who haven't updated their licenses may use Form 447, which can be downloaded from the Department of Motor Vehicles on the Internet, or residents may complete the form at the DMV Office in Lancaster.

Rice said last week that she was not aware of many problems with the ZIP code change over the past year.

"The processing and delivery of mail to ZIP code 29707 has been very smooth over the past year," she said.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or (803) 283-1151