Do Businesses Get a Free Annual Credit Report?
by Gerri Detweiler
By now, you probably know you are entitled to one free look at your personal credit report each year. There are a number of websites and services that exist to help people review their consumer credit report. But, when it comes to getting a free business credit report, not many options exist. It can be done though.
Get Your Free Business Credit Reports Here
*When you sign up for a free Nav account, checking won't hurt your credit scores.
By clicking "Sign Up" above, you confirm that you accept the Terms and Conditions, acknowledge receipt of our Privacy Notice and agree to its terms.
Why Businesses Are Not Entitled to a Free Report
The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a federal law that stipulates how credit-reporting agencies handle individuals’ credit information to safeguard privacy and accuracy. This includes the following privileges:
- Free access to your personal credit report once every 12 months
- The right to dispute inaccuracies on your report using a formal process
- Notification from creditors and employers of adverse actions taken based on your report
Though this law revolutionized credit reporting for individuals, it does not apply to businesses. Thus, business owners do not have access to a free business credit report by law.
Let’s cover a few ways you can gain access to your business credit report, so can ensure accuracy and know where your business stands. We’ll start by looking at the old-school, clunky way first.
Request a Credit Report After a Loan Denial
If you have applied for a business loan and been denied, you will receive a letter in the mail from the credit bureau the lender contacted when checking your company’s credit. You have the right to request a copy of your business credit report from this credit bureau by sending the letter back within 90 days of receipt along with a written request to see your free business credit report.
While this method does offer the opportunity to review your report for free, it won’t provide a complete picture, as it will only give you information from the credit bureau used by the lender, and there are three major bureaus (Dun & Bradstreet, Equifax and Experian) that lenders typically use.
Plus, by law lenders, vendors, and suppliers—anyone checking your company’s credit report—are not required to disclose they used it to evaluate your business. So, you may not even receive notification.
How to See Your Free Business Credit Report Right Now
I hate to get promotional, but this is where we come in. Nav is the only place offering free access to a summary of both business and personal credit reports in one spot. If any other companies were doing this, I’d include them here, but they don’t exist.
Within seconds of logging in to Nav, you’ll see personal and business credit reports from three bureaus while taking all the legwork out of obtaining them. Nav also saves you the hassle of making a separate effort to check your personal credit report.
If you prefer to do things on your own, all three of the business credit bureaus will give you a full copy of your business credit report for a fee. With Experian and Dun & Bradstreet, you visit their website and fill out a form (including payment information). With Equifax, you need to call a customer service line to order a copy of your business credit report.
Also note that your business credit score will likely differ between bureaus. They all use different models and may have different information on file. That’s why Nav gives access to both Experian and Dun & Bradstreet reports for free.
24/7 business and personal credit alerts
Nav is the ONLY source for both personal and business credit scores. Get alerts, advice and monitoring today.Sign up for free
Rate This Article
Have at it! We'd love to hear from you and encourage a lively discussion among our users. Please help us keep our site clean and protect yourself. Refrain from posting overtly promotional content, and avoid disclosing personal information such as bank account or phone numbers.
Reviews Disclosure: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the credit card, financing and service companies that appear on this site. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card, financing and service companies and it is not their responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.