Validate an address

Applies To

  • Partner Center
  • Partner Center operated by 21Vianet
  • Partner Center for Microsoft Cloud Germany
  • Partner Center for Microsoft Cloud for US Government

How to validate an address using the address validation API.

The address validation API should only be used for pre-validation of customer profile updates. Use it with the understanding that if the country is the United States, Canada, China, or Mexico, the state field is validated against a list of valid states for the respective country. In all other countries, this test does not occur, and the API only checks that the state is a valid string.


Credentials as described in Partner Center authentication. This scenario supports authentication with both standalone App and App+User credentials.


To validate an address, first instantiate a new Address object and populate it with the address to validate. Then, retrieve an interface to Validations operations from the IAggregatePartners.Validations property, and call the IsAddressValid method with the address object.

// Create an address to validate.
Address address = new Address()
    AddressLine1 = "One Microsoft Way",
    City = "Redmond",
    State = "WA",
    PostalCode = "98052",    
    Country = "US"

// Validate the address.
bool result = partnerOperations.Validations.IsAddressValid(address);

// If the address is valid, the result should equal true.
Console.WriteLine("Result: " + result.ToString());

// The following is an example that causes address validation to fail.
    // Change to an invalid postal code for this address.
    address.PostalCode = "98007";

    // Validate the address.
    result = partnerOperations.Validations.IsAddressValid(address);

    Console.WriteLine("ERROR: The code should have thrown an exception - BadRequest(400).");
catch (PartnerException exception)
    if (exception.ErrorCategory == PartnerErrorCategory.BadInput)
        Console.WriteLine("Message: {0}", exception.Message);


Request syntax

Method Request URI
POST {baseURL}/v1/validations/address HTTP/1.1

Request headers

Request body

This table describes the required properties in the request body.

Name Type Required Description
addressline1 string Y The first line of the address.
addressline2 string N The second line of the address. This property is optional.
city string Y The city.
state string Y The state.
postalcode string Y The postal code.
country string Y The two-character ISO alpha-2 country code.

Request example

Content-Type: application/json
Authorization: Bearer <token> 
Accept: application/json
MS-RequestId: 0b30452a-8be2-4b8b-b25b-2d4850f4345f
MS-CorrelationId: 8a853a1a-b0e6-4cb0-ae87-d6dd32ac3a0c
X-Locale: en-US
Content-Length: 129

    AddressLine1: "One Microsoft Way",
    City: "Redmond",
    State: "WA",
    PostalCode: "98052",
    Country: "US"


If successful, the method returns a status code 200 as demonstrated in the Response - validation succeeded example shown below.

If the request fails, the method returns a status code 400 as demonstrated in the Response - validation failed example shown below. The response body contains a JSON payload with additional information about the error.

Response success and error codes

Each response comes with an HTTP status code that indicates success or failure and additional debugging information. Use a network trace tool to read this code, error type, and additional parameters. For the full list, see Partner Center REST error codes.

Response - validation succeeded example

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Length: 0
MS-CorrelationId: 8a853a1a-b0e6-4cb0-ae87-d6dd32ac3a0c
MS-RequestId: 0b30452a-8be2-4b8b-b25b-2d4850f4345f
MS-CV: IqhjoWVyq0Kl81dO.0
MS-ServerId: 030011719
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:56:12 GMT

Response - validation failed example

HTTP/1.1 400 Bad Request
Content-Length: 418
Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
MS-CorrelationId: 8a853a1a-b0e6-4cb0-ae87-d6dd32ac3a0c
MS-RequestId: 0b30452a-8be2-4b8b-b25b-2d4850f4345f
MS-CV: pdlItMyvtkmGHDWt.0
MS-ServerId: 101112012
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:57:55 GMT

    "code": 2007,
    "description": "{\"code\":\"60071\",\"reason\":\"ZipCityInvalid - Details: Field - &#39;City&#39; is corrected from OldValue: &#39;Redmond&#39; to NewValue: &#39;BELLEVUE&#39;.\",\"corrected_address\":{\"country\":\"US\",\"region\":\"WA\",\"city\":\"BELLEVUE\",\"address_line1\":\"One Microsoft Way\",\"postal_code\":\"98007\"},\"object_type\":\"AddressValidation\",\"resource_status\":\"Active\"}",
    "data": [],
    "source": "PartnerFD"