New area code coming to Florida panhandle in 2021

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Coming to the Florida panhandle in 2021... a new area code!

The Florida Public Service Commission approved an area code overlay Monday. They say we are running out of 850 phone numbers, and the new area code will start in our area in mid-2021.

“Florida’s 850 area code is running out of telephone numbers, so this plan is needed to ensure a continuing supply of numbers,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “Now, the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) can begin processing the new area code for efficient implementation in 2021.”

New customers or requests for additional lines will be assigned the new code. If you already have a phone number, you will keep your area code of 850.

Once the overlay is implemented, officials say all calls, including local calls, will require ten-digit dialing.

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