New 686 Area Code in Virginia

What is the new 686 area code overlay?

The Virginia State Corporation Commission recently announced the addition of a new 686 area code to supplement the existing 804 area code and meet increasing local demand.

What is an area code overlay?

Area code overlays take place when local public service commissions respond to a need for phone numbers, and release a new area code for phone numbers in a specific area.

It’s nice to hear about an area code overlay because it’s a sign of local growth! High demand for phone numbers occurs when more people choose to live and more businesses choose to operate in a given area.

Although U.S. phone numbers are overseen by the North American Numbering Plan Association, designated local bodies are authorized to put area code overlays into effect.

Where is the new 686 area code located and who is affected?

The new 686 area code will serve the same geographic area as the existing 804 area code. This includes (but is not limited to) central portion of eastern Virginia, including Richmond, Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Columbia, Hague, Henrico, New Kent, Petersburg, Reedville, and Water View.

If I’m based in Virginia and I already have an 804 area code, am I affected?

No, you are not directly affected by this overlay. The area code overlay simply increases the total supply of available phone numbers. No changes occur to existing phone numbers.

When does the new 686 area code go into effect?

Starting on February 1, 2024, the new 686 area code will be available to supplement the existing 804 area code.  Both new subscribers and existing customers who are adding new lines will be able to select a 686 area code.

What is changing for me?

The 686 area code will work just like any other area code for a phone number. If you are an existing customer in the 804 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 1, 2024, anyone setting up a new phone line in the 804 area will now have the option to pick a 686 phone number. After that date, you may start to see 686 phone numbers pop up around you.

What do I need to do?

No action is needed form you at this time! After February 1, 2024, you may start to see local businesses and personal contacts with phone numbers that have a 686 area code, so be sure to pay attention to the area code tied to anyone you call.

As with any area code, make sure to dial “1” before the ten-digit phone number to make a call.