How To Request Your Credit Report

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How To Request Your Credit Report Checking your credit report regularly is a good move and can help protect you from identity theft, find and correct errors or unauthorized access.  The Fair Credit Reporting Act guarantees you access to a free credit report from each of the three nationwide reporting agencies Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion every year.  There are some other times you are entitled to your report for free such as, if you have been denied credit or insurance and your credit was a part of that decision; you are unemployed and plan to look for a job in the next 60 days; you are on welfare, or if you live in certain states (Connecticut is not one of them).  You can always obtain your report by paying for it (currently no more than $10.50) from each of the bureaus at any time, but hey if it is free that is much better.  Why spend money if you do not have to?How To Request Your Credit Report

How to request your credit report, select in one of the three ways:

Online.  Make sure that you visit  It is the only authorized source of your free annual credit report.  Do not be fooled by impostor sites, or come-on's like "FREE" this or that.  You need to be prepared to confirm your identity, that will include the usual name/address/social security number as well as if you have a bill with this or that company and about what the monthly payment is.  You also need to make sure you follow the onscreen prompts to make sure you end up back at the site so you can request each of your three reports, it is not a one request get all three at one time set up.

By Phone.  The phone number to call is 1-877-322-8228.

By Mail.  Use this credit report request formto obtain credit report by mail.  The link will open a pdf document in a new window.  Print the form, complete and mail to: Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.  The address will also be on the form.

 The Federal Trade Commission has a a great website dedicated to obtaining your free annual credit report.  Check it out, there is lots of great information there.  They remind you anyone Anyone can write a catchy jingle, but only provides you with a truly free credit report. AnnualCreditReport.comrequires no hidden fees or trial memberships.

How to request your credit report, there are 3 easy ways to make your request.  Pick the option you feel most comfortable with and start protecting your identity, and fixing any errors that you may have on your report.  A hint on adding identity theft protection, request one report at a time.  Spread your requests out throughout the year (say Experian in February, Equifax in July and TransUnion in September) and be able to check your credit three times a year, not just once.


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Julie Chroust
Julie Chroust, Bay Equity Home Loans, LLC - Walnut Creek, CA
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Good info... Thanks.

Oct 30, 2009 03:40 AM #1
Chad Elliot
Keller Williams Integrity Northwest - The Hennepin Group - Elk River, MN

Great Post!  I just have a client that was looking for this info!!!!

Thanks, Chad

Oct 30, 2009 03:42 AM #2
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Jon, this is always great information to have on hand.  I've got the number and website in my phone at all times in case anyone needs it.  I'm also on board with the tri annual check, posted to my calendar.  Thanks!

Oct 30, 2009 04:21 AM #3
Jon Sigler
Keller Williams - Greater Hartford - South Windsor, CT
South Windsor Homes for Sale 860-306-8029

Julie, Chad and Kevin, thank you all for coming by and commenting.  Bookmark this post so you can reference it later on!


Oct 31, 2009 12:39 AM #4
Brian Burke
Coldwell Banker - South Windsor, CT
Your Realtor & Foreclosure Expert

Good info Jon.  I can't say that I deal a lot with credit reports, but if I do I will keep it in mind.

Nov 01, 2009 05:03 AM #5
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