Understanding Your Credit Score
What should you know about credit scores?
- Your credit score is a number that reflects the information in your credit report.
- Your credit report is a record of your credit history. It includes information about whether you pay your bills on time and how much you owe to creditors.
- Your credit score can change, depending on how your credit history changes.
How do we use your credit score?
Your credit score can affect whether you can get a loan and how much you will have to pay for that loan.
What are the range of scores?
Scores range from a low of 334 to a high of 818. Generally, the higher your score, the more likely you are to be offered better credit terms.
Checking Your Credit Report
What if there are mistakes in your credit report?
You have a right to dispute any inaccurate information in your credit report. If you find mistakes on your credit report, contact the consumer reporting agency.
It is a good idea to check your credit report to make sure the information it contains is accurate.
How can you obtain a copy of your credit report?
You have the right to obtain a free copy of your credit report from each of the nationwide consumer reporting agencies once a year.
To order your free annual credit report:
By telephone: Call toll-free 1-877-322-8228
On the web: Visit Annual Credit Report online
By mail: Mail your completed Annual Credit Report Request Form to:
Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281