For a reasonable fee, you may order a copy of your credit report from a credit bureau. If within the past 60 days, you have been turned down for credit, employment, insurance, or a rental dwelling because of information in your credit report there is no charge for your credit report from the credit bureau used. There is also no charge if you are unemployed and intend to apply for employment in the next 60 days, if you are a recipient of public welfare assistance, or if you have reason to believe that there is inaccurate information in your credit report due to fraud. Once you have your report(s), you have a right to dispute inaccurate information in them by contacting the credit bureau directly.
Credit bureaus are required to follow reasonable procedures to ensure that the information they report is accurate. However, mistakes frequently occur.
You may, on your own, notify a credit bureau in writing that you dispute the accuracy of information in your credit file. The credit bureau must then reinvestigate and modify or remove inaccurate or incomplete information. The credit bureau may not charge any fee for this service. Any pertinent information and copies of all documents you have concerning an error should be given to the credit bureau.
If the credit bureau's reinvestigation does not resolve the dispute to your satisfaction, you may send a brief statement to the credit bureau, to be kept in your file, explaining why you think the record is inaccurate. The credit bureau must include a summary of your statement about disputed information with any report it issues about you.
Neither you nor any credit repair company or organization has the right to have accurate, current, and verifiable information removed from your credit report. The credit bureau must remove accurate, negative information from your report only if it is over 7 years old. Bankruptcy information can be reported for 10 years.
You have the right to sue a credit repair organization that violates the Credit Repair Organization Act. This law prohibits deceptive practices by credit repair organizations. You have the right to cancel your contract with any credit repair organization for any reason within 3 business days from the date you signed it.
The Federal Trade Commission regulates credit bureaus and credit repair organizations. For more information contact:
Public Reference Branch
Federal Trade Commission
Washington, D.C. 20580