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Mandatory 10-digit dialing underway for new 540/826 overlay area code

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Published: May. 9, 2022 at 1:47 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - Residents living in the 540 area code have to do 10-digit dialing as of May 14.

Local calls made with just seven digits will not be connected, according to the SCC.

This is the second step from a June 2020 relief plan approved by the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to phase in the new 826 area code. Permissive 10-digit dialing for the 540 area code region began in November 2021.

The 540 area code encompasses the northwestern and southwestern portions of the Commonwealth; including Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Front Royal, Harrisonburg, Radford, Roanoke, Salem, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Winchester.

The SCC says the number of available “540″ phone numbers is expected to run out in the coming months. The SCC approved an overlay, which is the addition of another area code (826) to the same geographic region served by an existing area code (540). Beginning June 14, 2022, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers using the new 826 area code.

Residents and businesses who already have a 540 number won’t have to change numbers.

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