How Can You Get Your Credit Report?


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Consumers can get a free annual credit report by going to the Annual Credit Report website and requesting one. To get the free report, consumers must verify their identities by giving their names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and addresses. They must also answer a few security questions taken from credit reports. Free credit reports can be requested every 12 months.

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Consumers who have used their free report for the year can also purchase a credit report from one of the three credit reporting bureaus or from MyFico. MyFico also gives consumers their FICO score. FICO is the credit score that is most often used by lenders when extending credit.

A person that has recently been denied credit from a lender is eligible to receive a free credit report from the credit bureau that provided the report that was used for the denial. To do this, the consumer needs to send the denial letter to the credit bureau by mail along with a request for the relevant credit report or follow online instructions to view the report on the company's website.

Consumers may also take advantage of offers from credit monitoring companies that provide a free credit report with a trial subscription of the monitoring service.

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