(Richmond)- The 804 area code is expected to run out of phone numbers by mid-2024. A new area code has been picked for parts of central Virginia and the Northern Neck. The State Corporation Commission has approved a proposal to start using a new area code — 686 — for new phone numbers once the 804 area code runs out. The new three-digit extension is expected to be implemented by early 2024. The new area code is expected to last 32 years.