Problem: "The address locator is damaged" message displays when working with a composite address locator containing many composite locators from StreetMap Premium data


When geocoding using a composite address locator that is comprised of composite address locators from StreetMap Premium and custom address locators, the following message displays:
User-added image


The combined number of address locators participating in the main composite address locator is more than the documented limit. The maximum number of participating address locators in a composite locator is 30, but it is recommended not to use more than 10, otherwise geocoding may be significantly slower. For more information, refer to the following ArcGIS Help document: Creating a composite address locator

However, the error may still occur even if the total number of participating locators is less than 30, and this could be due to a memory issue.

To improve memory performance, install the ArcGIS 10.3 (Desktop, Engine, Server) Geocoding General Maintenance patch or use ArcMap 10.4 or later versions.

Solution or Workaround

To build a composite address locator with multiple composite address locators for memory efficiency, follow the steps below:

  1. Publish all the country composite address locators to ArcGIS Server as geocode services. For more information, see the following document: Publishing a geocode service
  2. Open the Create Composite Address Locator dialog box, and add the composite address locators that were published as geocode services from Step 1.
  3. Under the Field Map section, add a new input field by following the steps below:
    1. Click the Add User-added image button.  
    2. In the Add Input Field dialog box, name the field CountryCode.
    3. Click OK.
  4. Under the Selection Criteria section, add a selection criteria for each composite address locator with the following definition:
    "CountryCode" in ('US','U S','USA','U.S.','U S A','U.S.A.','U.S.A','United States','America','United States of America') OR "CountryCode" IS NULL OR TRIM(BOTH ' ' FROM "CountryCode") = ''. Click OK.
  5. Click OK to create the composite address locator. Publish the new composite address locator as a geocode service, or use the locator directly in ArcMap to geocode the addresses.  

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