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How to Get a Free Credit Report?

Under the 2003 Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, every American has the right to a free copy of this important consumer document every year from each of the three major credit bureaus -- Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

The reports will not automatically be sent out. Consumers must request their reports in one of these three ways:

  1. Go to, which is the only authorized source for consumers to access their annual credit report online for free.

  2. Call toll free 877-322-8228.

  3. Complete the form on the back of the "Annual Credit Report Request" brochure, available from the FTC, and mail it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.

You'll be able to order all three credit reports at one time, or you may order at different times throughout the year. It's your choice. Be sure to order from the centralized agency. If you go directly to the credit reporting agencies, you will be charged a fee unless you fit another criteria for a free report. And beware of ordering your free credit reports from fraudulent, deceptive and misspelled domains that will charge for the same service you can get free.

The new ruling doesn't replace the other ways to receive a free credit report. You're still entitled to a free credit report if: you've been denied a loan, insurance policy or job based on your credit report; you're applying for unemployment or receive public assistance; or you currently reside in a state that already offers one or more annual free credit reports.

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