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How To Get Your Free Weekly Credit Report

Tupper Briggs

Tupper began his real estate career in 1973 and has earned every accolade from the National Association of Realtors available over the years...

Tupper began his real estate career in 1973 and has earned every accolade from the National Association of Realtors available over the years...

May 12 4 minutes read



Experian, Equifax and TransUnion are now offering free credit reports to all Americans on a weekly basis for the next year so you can protect your financial health during hardships from the coronavirus.

Checking your credit report on a regular basis is a simple way to be proactive about your financial standing — and it just got easier.

The three major credit bureaus — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion — announced they are offering free credit reports to all Americans on a weekly basis so you can protect your financial health during hardships from the coronavirus. These free credit reports will be available on AnnualCreditReport.com through April 2021.

Previously, you were entitled to one free credit report from each bureau per year, but that’s been substantially increased to as many as 156 over the next 12 months, if you so choose.

How to Get a Free Credit Report

To get your free credit reports from each bureau, follow these steps:

  1. Go to AnnualCreditReport.com
  2. Click on “Request your free credit reports.”
  3. Fill out one form to request up to three copies of your credit report.
  4. Choose which reports you want (Experian, Equifax and/or TransUnion).
  5. Answer several questions to verify you’re the correct person to be accessing your report (and not a fraudster), then submit your request (you’ll need to do step this for each credit report).
  6. Review your report(s).

Your free annual credit report includes all accounts opened under your name as well as the actions you have taken, such as balances and payment history. However, it doesn’t include your credit score. If you want access to your free credit score, consider alternative services provided by credit card issuers.

You can also consider CreditWise from Capital One and Chase’s Credit Journey that don’t require you to be a cardholder. 

Be aware of sites like Credit Karma (they only pull credit from 2 bureaus and not 3, which could give an inaccurate credit score). 

What to look for when you review your credit report

Monitoring your credit report is even more important during uncertain economic times since fraudsters like to take advantage of these situations.
You should keep an eye out for common credit report errors and signs of fraud when checking your credit report, such as:

  • New accounts that you didn’t open
  • Identity errors (wrong name, phone number or address)
  • Incorrect reporting of account status (late payments when you’ve paid on time, closed accounts reported as open or being listed as the owner of an account when you’re just an authorized user)
  • Data management errors (reinsertion of incorrect information after it was corrected)
  • Balance errors (incorrect current balance or credit limit)

25% of Americans have an Error on their Credit Report – click here to learn how to Dispute it

If you notice any errors, dispute them as soon as possible. Check out our step-by-step guide here on how to dispute a credit report error.

Keeping an eye on your credit is important, especially during these uncertain times. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion are now offering free weekly online credit reports through April 2021 via Annual Credit Report.

~Scott Hamling, Cherry Creek Mortgage




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