Every 12 months you're entitled to a free credit report from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies (also called "credit bureaus") and, in some cases, even more. And, if you need another copy from Equifax, Experian, or Transunion after you've exhausted your free copies, you can pay for one.
To get your free annual report from the three big credit reporting agencies—Experian, Equifax, and Transunion—go to AnnualCreditReport.com.
As of 2020, under a legal settlement, you can get six free credit reports each year, for seven years, from Equifax. The free reports are in addition to the one free Equifax report, and the free Experian and TransUnion reports, that you can get each year at AnnualCreditReport.com. Also, under the settlement terms, Equifax must provide free credit monitoring and identity theft assistance, as well as provide cash payments, to people whose information was exposed in the hack.
And, in certain situations, you can get more free reports. (To learn more, see How Often Should I Check My Credit Report?)
There are so many ways to get copies of your credit reports for free, you will probably never need to buy a copy. But if you do need another copy—or if you don't qualify for a free copy—you'll have to pay about a fee to get a credit report from one of the nationwide credit reporting agencies.
The agencies' websites sometimes hide the charge for ordering one credit report and advertise a low cost or a free copy with a 30-day or longer trial membership for one of their services, such as credit monitoring. If you don't want the service, be sure to cancel it within the 30 days to avoid the high monthly fees.
To order additional credit reports after you've received your free annual report from the Annual Credit Report service, you must contact the credit reporting agency directly. You can do so:
You will have to provide some personal information so the credit reporting agency can identify you.
To contact the three nationwide credit reporting agencies directly, go to:
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
If you find errors, outdated information, or missing information on any of your credit reports, you should dispute those items with the credit reporting agency that produced the report. If the credit reporting agency won't fix the error or errors, consider talking to an attorney who can help you enforce your rights. You have the right to sue an agency that violates your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, including continuing to report incorrect information.