Having a current copy of your Experian credit report is helpful when receiving assistance

Dear Experian,

Do I need a current copy of my Experian credit report in order to speak to a person at Experian?



Dear MIN,

No, you don’t. However, when you request your personal credit report directly from Experian, you will receive dispute instructions that include a toll-free telephone number, mailing address and Internet address. Having a current report enables Experian’s representatives to answer your questions or process your disputes most effectively.

You can request a free copy of your personal report at or, if you have already received your free annual report, you may purchase one at Your lender’s adverse action notice might also direct you to if they used an Experian report in making their decision. In that case, you would qualify for a free report based on the adverse action.

Credit reports received through most credit monitoring services also include instructions on how to obtain an Experian report that includes dispute instructions.

Many disputes can be entered directly online, which directs the request immediately to the source of the information and can speed up the process for you. But, if you need personal assistance, it is available. With your current Experian report at hand, you can enter your report number or identification information in our automated phone system and select operator or agent to speak to a consumer assistance representative.

Thanks for asking.

- The “Ask Experian” team

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