When are closed accounts deleted?

Dear Experian,

Will the closed account ever be removed from my credit report?



Dear OWE,

Yes! One of the good things about your credit report is that negative information and closed accounts are deleted so that you can rebuild a damaged credit history.

A closed account with late payments in its history will be deleted seven years from the original delinquency date of the account. The original delinquency date is the date the account first became late without being brought current.

A closed account with no negative information in its history will be deleted 10 years from the date it is closed. It remains in your credit report longer than an account with negative information. Even though the account is closed, the positive payment history will continue to help your scores for as long as it remains. It won’t help as much an open account with current payments, but it is still a positive.

Thanks for asking.

- The “Ask Experian” team

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