Do you want to know your credit score but are not sure where to look? This article will walk you through the three main ways you can check your scores for FREE. It will also touch on why you cannot get free scores from AnnualCreditReport.com (you can only get free credit reports) and explain the different types of scores. Whether you plan to borrow money or not, your credit scores are important and you should know yours — and why not? — when you can check them for free without giving away your credit card number.
First, let’s dive right into the three main ways to check your score for free:
First, there are services out there that let you access your scores for free…absolutely free. Here are the ways to obtain your credit scores from Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian (the three major credit reporting agencies).
|Credit Sesame and Quizzle let you access your Experian score for free (no credit card required) in about 5 minutes. They also provide other financial information about you. This information is gathered from Experian database and is a very accurate reflection of your current financial picture.For more detail about Credit Sesame, please read: How to Get Free Experian Credit Score from Credit Sesame.|
|Credit Karma give you access to your TransUnion score for free without credit card and with no hidden costs or obligations. For more detail about Credit Karma, please read: How to Get Free Credit Score from TransUnion.|
|Unfortunately, there is current no free option to obtain your Equifax score. You can access your score through one of the Equifax offers (e.g., for a one-time fee of $19.95 one-time) or take advantage of a 30-day free trial from GoFreeCredit.com.|
In addition to methods outline above, you will also gain access to your credit scores when you apply for a loan. While the information is free, accessing your scores this way will show up as a hard pull credit inquiry that slightly hurt your scores. Also, I do not recommend you applying for a loan just to see your scores.
If you don’t know your scores yet, give one of these sites a try.
While AnnualCreditReport.com is the best place to get your free credit reports from the three major reporting agencies (TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian), you CANNOT get free credit scores from them. However, the fee to get your scores through AnnualCreditReport.com is nominal; and you could opt to pay for your scores there.
These services do not provide your true FICO credit score (you can get this from myFICO). You will have to read carefully about each service and the score(s) they provide. In my experience, I found them to be equally good and only found negligible differences among them.
To learn more about the different types of credit score, please read: Different Types of Credit Scores: FICO, FAKO, and Enhanced.
|700 - 750||Good|
|640 - 700||Average|
|580 - 640||Poor|