How to Display Your House Number

Make sure your house number is visible from the street — emergency personnel will need to find your house in a hurry.

Some cities offer a program to paint your house number on the curb for a small fee. Ask your city or county administration officials about this option.

  1. The best place for your house number on your house is near the front door, at or slightly above eye level and lit by a light.
  2. When you drive home at nighttime, check to see if your house number is clearly visible. Consider moving the number or adding additional lighting if necessary.
  3. Make sure your mailbox number faces the traffic side of the street. Choose or add reflective tape on top of the numbers to make sure it's visible.

WHN TIP: "...well that was a Fine Decision (to put the house number there)!"

Some municipalities may fine you if emergency services are delayed because they can't find your home! Check with your city's administration to find out about laws in your area and how the numbers should be displayed.

Last Updated: 5/2009