Most geocoding providers have restrictions on how you use results from their services. Most, for example, won't allow you to store results in database.

Data from Geocodio can be cached and/or permanently stored without restriction. We do not impose any restrictions on how you use the data or how you handle it. (See our Terms of Use.)

It's important to us to try to make your work as hassle-free as possible. That's why we don't put restrictions on how you use our results. For example, a few things you can do with Geocodio that you can't do with other providers:

  • Integrate latitude and longitude into your application
  • Store customer geographic data in your database
  • Geocode your sales leads
  • Capture geodata without displaying it on a map
  • Resell geocoding
  • And many more things that are prohibited by other geocoding providers

Restrictions of other geocoding providers

Most geocoding providers have strict limits and restrictions on how you use their data. Below, we've summarized some key areas that we hear about from our customers. 

Note, these summaries have not been reviewed by the corresponding companies and are just based on our reading of their publicly-available Terms of Service. Other restrictions may apply. If you represent one of these companies and have a correction, please contact us.

Google Maps

  • Cannot cache or store geocodes (except under limited short-term uses)
  • Cannot be incorporated into other software
  • Must be displayed with a Google Map 
  • Cannot be used with a non-Google Map 
  • Cannot be resold without a specific license
  • Cannot be used for fleet/asset tracking without a specific license
  • Plus additional restrictions

Read the full Google Maps API terms of service here.

MapBox

  • Pay-as-you-go results must be displayed on a MapBox map
  • Pay-as-you-go results cannot be stored in a database
  • Cannot perform bulk or automated queries
  • Cannot resell
  • Cannot be used for lead generation, advertiser targeting or advertising analysis
  • Cannot be used to segment users or create user profiles
  • Cannot be used for geofencing
  • Plus additional restrictions 

See MapBox's full geocoding terms of service here.

Bing

  • Must be used with a Bing-branded map
  • Geocodes cannot be stored in a database, copied, stored, archived;  the only except is local use for an application and the application must be specifically named in an agreement
  • Cannot be used for navigation
  • Cannot be used for business asset tracking, fleet management, or dispatch
  • Cannot be used for sales leads
  • Cannot be resold without a specific license 
  • Cannot exceed 10,000,000 free lookups per year
  • Plus additional restrictions

Read Bing's full terms of service here.

HERE

  • Cannot be stored or cached (except under certain specific short-term uses)
  • Cannot be used for bulk geocoding and can only be used as the result of an end user's query
  • Cannot be imported to GIS applications
  • Cannot be used for fleet or asset management
  • Cannot be used for navigation
  • Cannot be used for sales leads
  • Cannot be used with non-HERE maps or other content
  • Must provide HERE with a copy of your website/application upon request

Read HERE's full terms of service here.

SmartyStreets

  • Data cannot be resold without permission and special license
  • Plus additional restrictions

Read Smarty Streets' full Terms of Service here.

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