Now that you understand what credit is and how to improve your credit score, make sure you create financially smart habits by requesting your free credit report annually. Keep track of your score and review it for inaccuracies with these tips.
Request Your Free Credit Report Once Every 12 Months
Consumers are entitled to a free copy of their credit report every 12 months from each of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Visit www.annualcreditreport.com to request your credit report online, by phone, or through the mail. To get a free estimate of your credit score, visit FICO Estimator.
Review Your Credit Report
Over 13 million people a year find inaccuracies on their credit reports — payments mistakenly labeled as late, accounts that should have been closed, other people’s debt information and more. Report mistakes right away, as errors could lower your credit score and cost you money.
You are responsible for ensuring your report is correct. If you find an issue:
Credit Bureau Contact Information
Check your credit report for accuracy for free through the three major credit bureaus by accessing your report at www.annualcreditreport.com or by contacting the bureaus directly:
Report Order: 1-800-685-1111
Fraud Hotline: 1-888-766-0008
Report Order: 1-888-397-3742
Fraud Hotline: 1-888-397-3742
Report Order: 1-877-322-8228
Fraud Hotline: 1-800-680-7289