June 10, 2022
The Florida Public Service Commission recently announced that due to significant population growth, a second area code will soon be assigned to new telephone numbers in Northeast Florida. People currently assigned to the 904 Area Code will continue to keep that code. But new numbers will be assigned to the 324 Area Code. The two area codes will cover the same geographic area. No date has been announced yet for the assignment of the new area code.
The change will be implemented over a 13-month period with the first six months needed to prepare telecommunications networks.
The change will require all local calls to use 10-digit dialing — the area code plus the seven-digit phone number.
In the last 10 years, the U.S. Census reports that the city’s population grew by nearly 130,000. By 2024, the longstanding 904 area code is expected to run out of phone number combinations.