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How to Fix Credit Report Errors

You have the right, under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, to dispute the completeness and accuracy of information in your credit file.

When a credit reporting agency receives a dispute, it must reinvestigate and record the current status of the disputed items within a "reasonable period of time," unless it believes the dispute is "frivolous or irrelevant." If the credit reporting agency cannot verify a disputed item, it must delete it. If your report contains inaccurate information, the credit reporting agency must correct it. If an item is incomplete, the credit reporting agency must complete it.

For items in your credit profile which you feel deserve further explanation (such as an account that was paid late due to the loss of job, military call up, or unexpected medical bills), you can send a brief statement to the appropriate credit reporting agency. The information alert will be placed in your credit profile and will be disclosed each time it is accessed.