How to get errors corrected on credit report
Errors on credit report can pose a huge obstacle when taking a financial decision, as it
lowers credit scores. So, it is necessary to get the errors corrected as soon as possible
because chances are you cannot obtain credit cards, mortgage loans or even acquire good
job. The credit file is associated with accuracy, and its significance lies in getting the
If you notice errors in your credit file, you can raise the dispute by writing to the bureaus.
The following guidelines will tell you what to do when you encounter errors on your
Obtain a copy of your credit reports
Not yet? Do it now, get a copy of your free credit report from each of the three credit
reporting agencies—Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Review all the reports
thoroughly and check for mistakes.
Raise a dispute in writing to the credit agencies
Draft a letter detailing your issue and send to the agency or agencies which marked
mistake on credit file. Sending it by certified mail will ensure that it is acknowledged and
received, so that you can be aware that it reached the right address. You can also read
FTC guidelines about the formulation of dispute. You should be sure of your dispute and
attach the copy of the documents supporting your issues.
You can also attach a copy of the credit file with flaws on which the concern is raised and
secure or preserve all the documents you are sending.
Inform the bank or lender about the error
You should also write about the account where you noticed the error. For instance, you
have paid the bills of medicines you bought but it is reported as unpaid. You can inform
the store dealer about same, along with the disputed error and paid receipt. Do not forget
to ask for the response.
Credit reporting agencies usually take 30 days to resolve the dispute. After they received
your raised concern, the action begins by forwarding it to the lender or creditor that
provided the information. The source will then probe into the raised dispute reported by
the agencies, which after investigating, they will report back to the credit bureau.
Check the correction
After the source agrees with your dispute then it will get corrected and the bureaus will
also offer you updated free credit report, so that you can verify the correction which will
also boost your credit score.
In case your concerns remain unsolved, you can ask for the dispute statement to be
attached to the credit file so that when future lenders or creditors pull your report, they
can see your raised dispute. This way it will not damage your credit reputation.