Credit Reporting Agencies - Credit Bureaus
Written by: Kristy Welsh
Information on Credit Bureaus - Equifax, Experian, TransUnion
The three main credit bureaus used in the United States are Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. These agencies collect and collate personal information, financial data and non-financial data (such as utility, rental, and telecommunications payments) on individuals from a variety of sources called data furnishers with which the bureaus have a relationship. Data furnishers are typically creditors, lenders, utilities, debt collection agencies and the courts.
These data furnishers report their payment experience with the consumer to the credit bureaus. This information is then processed and made available to the customers of the credit bureaus for the purpose of credit risk assessment.
Most consumer credit advocates advise individuals to review their credit reports at least once per year, in order to ensure that the reports are accurate. Consumers can do so at no cost. They are entitled to a free annual credit report from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion by going to annualcreditreport.com. This Internet site is maintained by those three companies.
If you want to contact any one of these bureaus directly, here is the information:
P.O. Box 4500
Allen, TX 75013
Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 740256
Atlanta, GA 30348
P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19022