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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Credit Report issues in Pennsylvania.

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Helping Clients Explore Their Personal Finance Rights (Video)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers this prerecorded webinar, in four short modules, to help consumers know their rights and call out potential violations. The modules include: Module 1: Consumer Rights [18:21]; Module 2: Credit and Housing Rights [16:14]; Module 3: Financial Products and Identify Theft Rights [15:59]; and Module 4: How to Submit a Complaint or Tell your Story [10:06]

Free Credit Reports

The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires each of the nationwide credit reporting companies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. The Federal Trade Commission provides information on how to obtain the reports and what to do with them.

Federal Court Finder

Find a federal court location by location or court name, including appellate, district, bankruptcy, probation and pretrial office, or federal defender organization. Each District Court has its own local forms which are generally available on the Court website.

Credit Reporting Problems

Information about credit reporting problems from the Erie County Bar Association.

Know Your Credit Rights

Consumer information pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. [PDF]

Free Credit Reports

The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires each of the nationwide credit reporting companies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. The Federal Trade Commission provides information on how to obtain the reports and what to do with them.

Disputing Errors on Credit Reports

Your credit report contains information about where you live, how you pay your bills, and whether you’ve been sued or arrested, or have filed for bankruptcy. The Federal Trade Commission provides information on your rights under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act to ensure the information in that report is accurate.

Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act [PDF]

Information from the Federal Trade Commission on your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Credit Cards

Whether you’re shopping for a new card or getting a handle on an existing one, here are the resources you need to manage your credit cards from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Credit, Loans, and Debt

Consumer information from the Federal Trade Commission. Learn about getting and using credit, borrowing money, and managing debt.

Helping Clients Explore Their Personal Finance Rights (Video)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers this prerecorded webinar, in four short modules, to help consumers know their rights and call out potential violations. The modules include: Module 1: Consumer Rights [18:21]; Module 2: Credit and Housing Rights [16:14]; Module 3: Financial Products and Identify Theft Rights [15:59]; and Module 4: How to Submit a Complaint or Tell your Story [10:06]

How can I improve my credit score? (Video)

This video from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information on tools and resources that can help you improve your credit score.

How do I dispute an error on my credit report? (Video)

This video from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau tells you what to do if you noticed an error on one of your credit reports.

How do I get a copy of my credit report? (Video)

This video from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau explains how to get a copy of your credit report to make sure it is correct and accurate.

Three ways to build your credit score (Video)

This video from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information on three trusted methods to help you improve your credit score.

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