Geocoding API

Geocode Address

The geocoding service enables you to take an address and get the associated latitude and longitude.

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Resource Information

Response Formats JSON, XML, CSV
Authentication Yes (Requires Key)
Rate Limited Yes

Request Parameters

  • key required

    The API Key, which is needed to make requests to MapQuest services.

  • location required

    The location to geocode.

    Example: Single Line Location


  • boundingBox optional

    When ambiguous results are returned, any results within the provided bounding box will be moved to the top of the results list. Bounding box format is: upper left latitude, upper left longitude, lower right latitude, lower right longitude.

    Example: Bounding Box


  • ignoreLatLngInput optional, defaults to false

    This option tells the service whether it should fail when given a latitude/longitude pair in an address or batch geocode call, or if it should ignore that and try and geocode what it can.

    • true: The geocoder will ignore the LatLng specified in the location, and use the address info to perform geocode
    • false : The geocoder will return a geoaddress object containing the LatLng passed in and write a warning message to Info block
    Example: Ignore Lat Lng Input


  • thumbMaps optional, defaults to true

    This parameter tells the service whether it should return a URL to a static map thumbnail image for a location being geocoded.

    • true: The response will include a URL to a static map image of the geocoded location.
    • false : The response will not include a static map image URL.
    Example: Disable Static Map Response


  • maxResults optional

    The max number of locations to return from the geocode

    This option will only have an effect on the second location because it is ambiguous

    Example: Five Results Max


  • outFormat optional, defaults to json

    Specifies the format of the response. Must be one of the following, if supplied:

    • json
    • xml
    • csv (character delimited)
    Example: XML response


  • delimiter optional, defaults to none, only in effect if outFormat=csv

    Specifies the delimiter used in the csv response

    • ,
    • |
    • :
    • ;
    Example: Pipe Delimiter


  • intlMode optional, defaults to auto

    Allows users of the International Geocoder to tell MapQuest how to handle a 5-box geocode.

    • 5BOX: Keeps the query as a 5-box and sends it to the TomTom International Geocoder as a 5-box.
    • 1BOX: Converts the 5-box query into a 1-box query and sends it to the TomTom International Geocoder.
    • AUTO: Handles the query in a way deemed most optimal by MapQuest. Currently, this converts a 5-box query to a 1-box query across the board.
    Example: 1BOX International Mode


  • callback optional

    A JavaScript function name. The JSON-formatted response will be wrapped in a call to the supplied callback function name to provide JSONP functionality. This functionality might be needed to do cross-site scripting. See the entry for JSON for more details.

    Example: Callback


Response Object

  • providedLocation

    The provided location properties passed in the geocode request.

  • latLng

    Returns the latitude/longitude for routing and is the nearest point on a road for the entrance.

  • street

    Street address.

  • adminArea6

    Neighborhood name.

  • adminArea5

    City name.

  • adminArea4

    County name.

  • adminArea3

    State name.

  • adminArea1

    Country name.

  • postalCode

    Postal code.

  • type

    Type of location.

    • 's' = stop (default)
    • 'v' = via
  • dragPoint

    Is location a drag point? This option only applies when making a dragroute call.

    • true = location is a drag point
    • false = location is not a drag point (default)
  • displayLatLng

    A lat/lng pair that can be helpful when showing this address as a Point of Interest.

  • geocodeQuality

    The precision of the geocoded location.

    Refer to the Geocode Quality reference page for more information.

  • geocodeQualityCode

    The five character quality code for the precision of the geocoded location.

    Refer to the Geocode Quality reference page for more information.

  • linkId

    String that identifies the closest road to the address for routing purposes.

  • sideOfStreet

    Specifies the side of street.

    • 'L' = left
    • 'R' = right
    • 'M' = mixed
    • 'N' = none (default)
  • info

    This field contains information about the response.

    The statuscode subfield is an integer return value. Refer to the status codes page for more details about our status codes and error messages.

    The messages subfield is an array of error messages that describe the status

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Example Request


Example Response

  "info": {
    "statuscode": 0,
    "copyright": {
      "text": "© 2023 MapQuest, Inc.",
      "imageUrl": "",
      "imageAltText": "© 2023 MapQuest, Inc."
    "messages": []
  "options": {
    "maxResults": -1,
    "thumbMaps": true,
    "ignoreLatLngInput": false
  "results": [
      "providedLocation": {
        "location": "Washington,DC"
      "locations": [
          "street": "",
          "adminArea6": "",
          "adminArea6Type": "Neighborhood",
          "adminArea5": "Washington",
          "adminArea5Type": "City",
          "adminArea4": "District of Columbia",
          "adminArea4Type": "County",
          "adminArea3": "DC",
          "adminArea3Type": "State",
          "adminArea1": "US",
          "adminArea1Type": "Country",
          "postalCode": "",
          "geocodeQualityCode": "A5XAX",
          "geocodeQuality": "CITY",
          "dragPoint": false,
          "sideOfStreet": "N",
          "linkId": "282772166",
          "unknownInput": "",
          "type": "s",
          "latLng": {
            "lat": 38.892062,
            "lng": -77.019912
          "displayLatLng": {
            "lat": 38.892062,
            "lng": -77.019912
          "mapUrl": ",160&pois=purple-1,38.892062,-77.019912,0,0,|&center=38.892062,-77.019912&zoom=12&rand=306744981"
"US","DC","District of Columbia","Washington","","","38.892062","-77.019912","false","282772166","s","A5XAX","CITY","N","38.892062","-77.019912"