Address verification with google places autocomplete

I am currently working on an web application where I need to make sure addresses are correctly entered. The best source for correct addresses are national post office organizations, but their APIs are very expensive to use. One decent and much cheaper alternative is Google’s places autocomplete API. I am looking for experience and advice on setting up such a function.

Did anyone have any experience and/or success using that API? All I found on the forum is a 5 year old thread without conclusion.


After spending a bit of time on the topic I find that it is not very difficult.

  • get an API key, activate billing, and you have the hard part done.
  • GET the addressses as JSON by submitting your partial address data. All in all, fairly easy. Pretty much everything that we need to know is here.