Through the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act, each of the three national credit reporting agencies (aka credit bureaus) are required to provide a free copy of your credit report once every year, by request. Review your credit report annually to:
- Manage debt and qualify for the best rates and terms on loans and mortgages.
- Protect against identity theft by keeping aware of unauthorized changes to your credit record.
- Keep informed of credit standing and correct errors that can cause application rejections or high interest rates.
For consumer convenience, the three credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – have established one central service from which you can order a free credit report copy. There are several ways to access this service:
- Online at www.annualcreditreport.com.
- By telephone at 1-877-322-8228 (toll-free).
- Complete an Annual Credit Report Request Form (obtained online or by phone) forwarded to:
Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281
THIS NOTICE IS REQUIRED BY LAW.
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You have the right to a free credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com or 877-322-8228, the ONLY authorized source under federal law.
Here are some helpful tips to consider when ordering your free report:
- You are not obligated to accept offers for other credit services when ordering your report.
- Request that only the last four digits of your Social Security number be listed on your report for security purposes.
- Space out orders for free reports from the three different agencies as a better method for identifying potential identity theft.
- You will not get your credit score in the report.