I managed to make the region / state dropdown optional in the frontend without any problems. In the backend however, I did not make it work. So how could I make the state / region dropdown optional in the customer address area?


Magento 1.9

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go to admin panel -> system -> configuration -> general -> state options -> State is required for

and Display not required State -> yes

remove your country from the dropdown to make it optional from frontend side


  • It works on the frontend, I need it optional in the backend. The setting you mentioned does not work for the backend.
    – Arnie
    Nov 29, 2018 at 8:01
  • try to clear the cache it should work for all places, remove all countries from an above-mentioned location which country' state you need optional
    – Hitesh
    Nov 29, 2018 at 8:07
  • Yes! It worked :-)
    – Arnie
    Nov 29, 2018 at 8:23

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