The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. The FCRA promotes the accuracy and privacy of information in the files of the nation's consumer reporting companies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTA), the nation's consumer protection agency, enforces the FCRA with respect to consumer reporting companies.
A credit report contains information on where you live, how you pay your bills, and whether you've been sued, arrested, or filed for bankruptcy. Nationwide consumer reporting companies sell the information in your report to creditors, insurers, employers, and other businesses that want to evaluate your applications for credit, insurance, employment, or renting a home. There are three nationwide consumer reporting companies - Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union.
Credit Reporting Bureaus to order a credit report: