What is the new 324 area code overlay?
To keep the supply of phone numbers adequate for local customers, the Florida Public Service Commission has added a new 324 area code to supplement the existing 904 area code. This new area code is scheduled to go live on February 26, 2024.
What is an area code overlay?
An area code overlay happens when a local public service commission claims a new area code to supplement an existing one in a particular area. The goal is to increase the number of local numbers available in a specific region.
Area code overlays are a sign of growth for a region, since it means that there are now enough people and businesses based there that the phone number supply is running short.
And – in case you’re curious – phone numbers throughout the United States are overseen by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator.
Where is the new 324 area code located and who is affected?
The new 324 area code is meant to supplement the existing 904 area code, and so it will serve the same geographic area. This includes Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Fernandina Beach, Orange Park, and other neighboring communities.
If I’m based in Florida and I already have a 904 area code, am I affected?
No, this overlay does not directly affect you. The area code overlay simply expands the supply of phone numbers, it does not modify existing ones.
When does the new 324 area code become effective?
Starting on February 26, 2024, the new 324 area code will be available to supplement the existing 904 area code. Both new subscribers and existing customers who are adding new lines will be able to select a 324 area code.
What is changing for me?
The 324 area code will work just like any other area code. If you are an existing customer in the 904 area code and you are not adding any new lines to your phone plans, nothing will change for you in the immediate future.
Starting February 26, 2024, anyone setting up a new phone line in the 904 area will now have the option to pick a 324 phone number. After that date, you may start to see 324 phone numbers pop up around you.
What do I need to do?
Nothing is needed from you at this time. After February 26, 2024, you may start to see local businesses and personal contacts with phone numbers that have a 324 area code.
As with any area code, make sure you dial “1” before the ten-digit phone number to make a call.