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805 Area Code. Location. Time Zone. Toll Free? Scam? Who's Calling?

State California
Timezone Pacific (PT)
Is Area Code 805 Toll Free? No
Major Cities San Luis Obispo

If you receive a call from an 805 number you might be wondering who this might be from or where it could be coming from. Introduced in  1957, the 805 code services a great portion of the Monterey and Kern counties in California along with its overlay area code 820. Read below for more information on this area code.

When did area code 805 come to be?

Area code 805 which services the Monterey and Kern counties of the state of California including places such as San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura. In 1957, 805 was split from 213 and was once again split in 1999 with area code 661 for the purpose of places such as San Joaquin Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley.

U.S. Military Facilities are also serviced by 805, namely those in Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Islands which is due to the first satellite communications station built near Camp Roberts. In 2016 a hearing was conducted by the CPUC or California Public Utilities Commission regarding an overlay for 805. An overlay is being done by means of creating another area code for the same area to combat exhaustion. This happened in the 805 area on the 25th of May 2017 with 820 being its overlay area code.

Where does area code 805 service?

Area code 805 services mainly the California area namely the counties of Monterey (Bradley, Gorda, Bryson, Parkfield), San Luis Obispo (Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Avila Beach, Baywood-Los Osos, California Valley, Cambria, Cayucos, Cholame, Grover Beach, Halcyon, Harmony, Lake Nacimiento, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Oceano, Paso Robles,Pismo Beach, Pozo, San Luis Obispo, San Miguel, San Simeon, Santa Margarita, Shandon, Templeton), Santa Barbara (Ballard, Buellton, Carpinteria, Casmalia, Cuyama, Garey, Gaviota, Goleta, Guadalupe, Hope Ranch, Isla Vista, Lompoc, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Mission Canyon, Mission Hills, Montecito, New Cuyama, Orcutt, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Sisquoc,Solvang, Summerland, Toro Canyon, Vandenberg AFB, Vandenberg Village, Ventucopa) , Ventura (Barsdale, Buckhorn, Camarillo, Casa Conejo, Channel Islands Beach, El Rio, Fillmore, La Conchita, Lake Sherwood, Meiners Oaks, Mira Monte, Montalvo, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Oak View, Ojai, Oxnard, Piru, Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Saticoy, Simi Valley, Somis, Thousand Oaks, Ventura.)

In terms of other data, the county with the most residents is Ventura with a population of 823,318; the top city is Oxnard with a population of 197, 899.

What time zone does area code 805 belong to?

Since it services the state of California, area code 805 adheres to the Pacific Time zone (PT). The Pacific Time zone has its hours set at eight hours behind the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-8:00) and in the summertime advances by an hour (UTC-7:00) to make way for daylight savings time. Standard time is observed during early November to mid-March and Pacific Daylight Time is observed during mid-March to early November. Los Angeles is the largest area that observes the Pacific Time zone.

In 2007 the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was implemented that changes local time from PST to PDT at 02:00 LST to 3:00 LDT (LST is local standard time; LDT is local daylight time) on the second Sunday in March and reverts at 2:00 LDT to 1:00 LST on the first Sunday in November. These time zones are important to note especially when making a call from another location to avoid untoward incidents over the phone.

How do I call an 805 number

In June 2018, the new telephone numbers for 820 along with 805 area were to use ten digit dialing. Ten digit dialing is when the prefix of a 1+ trunk code is to be added to the area code and the number.

Is 805 area code toll free?

No, 805 is not a toll free number.

Is 805 area code a scam?

A recent scam involving the 805 area code had been circulating in the form of the scammer pretending to be a member of Social Security Administration saying that they were coordinating with the Santa Barbara Police Department, asking for personal information and money and threatening arrest if not followed.

Stay vigilant against scams! If called up by a scammer, do not give personal information, hang up and block immediately. To stay safe, do not answer calls from numbers unfamiliar to you.



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