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Free weekly credit reports during COVID extended until April 2022

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If you’re feeling anxious about your financial health during these uncertain times, you’re not alone. That’s why the three national credit reporting agencies, which last year gave people weekly access to monitor their credit report for free, are extending that benefit until April 20, 2022.

This is some helpful news, because staying on top of your credit report is one important tool to help manage your financial data. Your credit report has information about your credit history and payment history — information that lenders, creditors, and other businesses use when giving you loans or credit. 

Now it’s easier than ever to check your credit more often. That’s because everyone is eligible to get free weekly credit reports until April 20, 2022 from the three national credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and Transunion. To get your free reports, go to AnnualCreditReport.com.

If you’re one of the many Americans struggling to pay your bills right now because of the Coronavirus crisis, here’s what you can do:

  • Contact the companies you owe money to. Ask if they can postpone your payment, put you on a payment plan, or give you a temporary forbearance.
  • Check your credit report regularly to make sure it’s correct — especially any new payment arrangements or temporary forbearance. The CARES Act generally requires your creditors to report these accounts as current.
  • Fix any errors or mistakes that you spot on your credit report. Notify the credit reporting agencies directly. You can find out more by reading Disputing Errors on Credit Reports.

Find more advice and tips on handling the financial impact of the Coronavirus, and subscribe to the FTC’s Consumer Alerts.

Updated March 16, 2021 to reflect extension of weekly free credit reports.

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Thank you

If it's free, then why are they asking for credit card information?

To get your free reports, go to AnnualCreditReport.com.

YEAH BUT CHARGE YOU $9.95 TO SEE IT>>COVER FEES FOR THE SLUSH FUND?

No.  There is there is no charge to get your free credit report from www.annualcreditreport.com. 

All 3 are still charging for a credit report, claim you can cancel any time.

The 9.95 is for your credit score. Which is crazy they charge for something that belongs to you and should be part of the credit report.

I have the same question. IF it's FREE why are we being charged?
I didn't pay !!!

Until April 2021, you can get a free credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com from Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

There's a large notice at the top of the page about the free reports. 

What does "Until April" mean? Is the last "free weekly" day March 31, or April 1, or April 30, 2021?

Also, I wonder if you get all 3 free weekly credit reports in March, then after April, can we still get the "one" free credit annual report for 2021 from May through December?

I always check my credit report and always it had been free, the agencies only charge for the SCORE; many credit cards offers the score for free. I took a identity thieft workshop and they sugest to check the report every 4 month so I am monitoring my credits all year around.

Your article states April 2022; in this response you say April 2021. Clarify please.

The credit reporting companies extended the offer of free credit reports, so we updated the title of the blog. Free weekly credit reports are available until April 2022.

Exactly! Makes no sense whatsoever.

Exactly what I was wondering. Also now that I have done this. Why do they NOT send you your scores, which is what I really need!

Trans-Union tries to trick people into subscribing to some sort of service when they request a free report. The FTC should be monitoring and preventing this sort of behavior.

Surprised that Transunion is still up to their old tricks.
It took me about 10 months to get them to stop their
to stop charging me for a service I never wanted or asked for.
My credit card company pretended that they were settling the issue, but they weren't.
I finally sent my issue to the FTC. It transferred my problem to their Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
They settled my problem in short time and about 10 months of
false charges were cancelled out by Transunion. Good work!

The Federal Government should pass some type of Law prohibiting the reporting agencies from lowering credit scores until this country is up and running again.
Most Americans I know work hard and pay their bills. Lock Downs and Stay At Home orders are effecting our ability to pay our bills. This should not effect our hard earned credit ratings.

Thats great credit advise, I love the FTC survay aswell.

I noticed the “credit report” does not include the “credit score.” Is there a reason for not including the credit score as part of the report? Thank you

Annualcreditreport.com has been available for many years now, with each of the three agencies offering one report per year. However, these have never included a credit score. They list all of your creditors and the timeliness of your payments, but do not include a score.

Free but they make it extremely difficult to retrieve. For instance Equifax indicated that I need to mail in verification of my SS number, employment etc.before they would disclose- more documents than even Homelnd security would require. Transunion had an error, but their website froze everytime I tried to dispute it. Plus they all try to hard sell their overpriced "credit monitoring" programs or FICO scores. Plus I had to turn off my add blocker to access at least one of them. These companies have so much power and ripoff consumers and exploit heir privacy. I hope the FTC can continue to investigate them!

Yup! Same thing happened to me. Transunion site had errors so bad it wouldn't even load. Equifax said I had to mail in all my information as well. I was finally able to get something from Experian. So much for this being helpful for people during the pandemic.

I appreciate the knowledgeable advice and information the Federal Trade Commission has to offer to the public. I often share this very valuable information on social media for viewing.

Heart lots of help

I occasionally the FTC's Consumer Information articles on Facebook. Thank you all for being there. : ]

I have yet to get an answer as to why it takes three agencies to report on a single source of data being reported. The data originates from a single source. Why do you meed to report the exact same data three times?

Not all reporting sources use all three agencies. Many only utilize one of the three, so it may take a report from all three agencies to see your complete credit history.

I just tried doing the request to TransUnion- got a run around

I cant get TransUnion to respond. I am getting the RUNAROUND from TransUnion.

I went to Equifax and I basically wanted a score number. I did get a 45 page report. Looks good. But no score number. The report said to call a certain 877 number for the score. After 10 minutes of phone tree which kept telling me how to get the report, which I had, I gave up.

My score has been going up and down every week due to this mess. This is completely negligent.

I have had the same problem of requesting a free report, but they all want you to sign up for extra protection!! Seeing that our information was hacked all 3 Credit Bureaus should offer any extra protection FREE!!!!

Unable to get my report from Equifax. NO PROBLEM with TransUnion or Experian. What gives Equifax?

Same here, no problems with TransUnion or Experian, but Equifax asked me to verify my identity using the usual questions they ask for that, but none of the questions fit my credit profile and then they said I had to mail in my credit report request! I thought my identity got stolen! Luckily I remembered I had a MyEquifax account that I never sign on to and signed into that and was able to see my credit report on there and everything was fine.

Equifax has never in over ten years provided a "free" online report.

"A condition exists that prevents Experian from being able to accept your request at this time. To obtain your Experian annual credit report, please mail your request to the address below using the Annual Credit Report Request form."
It is not free simply because the request will require a postage stamp. The CFPB needs to look into this.

My husband and I had the same issue despite inputting the exact information from our most recent credit reports. Equifax provided a bunch of security questions that were completely unrelated to our credit profiles. This honestly feels like a scam on Equifax's part in preventing people from accessing their credit files weekly. Neither of us have been able to access our Equifax credit files from annualcreditreport. We always have to call the request in. No issues with Experian or Transunion. I would bet everyone is having this same issue with their Equifax report. @ FTC - Please look into this.

You can report a problem with a financial service or product to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

Does this also apply if you request it via phone. I don't feel comfortable entering all of that information online. Wouldn't request it weekly via phone but at least monthly or bimonthly.

No, the credit bureaus are only offering the free weekly reports online through AnnualCreditReport.com.

How I get in touch with the privacy. FTC gov the lawyer here in Las Vegas Vegas thanks

Equifax is blocking people from accessing their site. If you don't remember your password or if you don't have one, Equifax will not respond to you. They had a breach and were sued by FTC because lots of people's credit information was exposed in 2017. Equifax won't let victims view their report to see what was affected.

I placed a "freeze" on my account several years ago. Do I have to lift the freeze in order to get these free weekly credit reports?

No, you don't have to lift your credit freeze to check your credit report. This article has more questions and answers about credit freezes.

I was unable to get any of the three, on-line. I must mail in an application. ~Sigh~

Thank You. Also there needs to be an overhaul of the reporting agency's they are not UP-TO-DATE.

Well, the credit reporting agencies -- especially TransUnion, most certainly want you to contact them for a credit report. However, it is certainly not "Free." In fact, any person contacting TransUnion and even contacting the two other Credit Reporting Agencies will encounter mindless "offers" from the Credit Reporting Agency. In effect, you might (eventually) get a "free" credit report, albeit an abbreviated one, if you're willing to put up with a Credit Reporting Agency "offer" and their double speak tactics. A better use of time would be for the Credit Reporting Agencies actually better protect your credit file, especially when considering Credit Reporting Agencies get "hacked" frequently and often divulge information that is not to the benefit of the consumer. Buyer beware -- with any Credit Reporting Agency.

To get your free reports, go to AnnualCreditReport.com.

Why does Equifax say "Online Delivery Unavailable" for my credit report? In fact my husband and I had this same reply and we were told we had to request our reports by mail. The other two credit agencies gave us our reports with no problem.

Please contact Equifax directly about the issue: https://www.equifax.com/personal/contact-us/.

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