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Each Spouse’s Credit File Must be Frozen Separately

Dear Experian,

My credit report is frozen. Most of my accounts are joint with my wife. Is my wife’s report automatically frozen as well, or do I have to freeze hers separately?

– CPT

Dear CPT,

Even though you are married and have joint accounts, you and your wife have separate credit reports. Therefore, freezing your credit report does not also freeze hers. You must make a separate request to have her credit report frozen.

You can request a security freeze online at Experian’s Freeze Center, by phone at 1 888 EXPERIAN (1 888 397 3742), or by mailing your request to Experian Security Freeze, P.O. Box 9554, Allen, TX 75013

Fees and requirements for adding or removing a freeze vary by state. You can also find state-specific information at Experian’s Freeze Center. If she has been the victim of identity theft and has obtained a police report, you may mail a copy of the police report and any fee for adding the freeze will be waived.

Keep in mind that freezing your credit report can affect your ability to obtain new credit or services and can delay the application process.

Also be aware that freezing your credit report will not prevent your identity from being stolen and used to commit crimes or fraud that do not involve accessing your credit history.

Thanks for asking.
The “Ask Experian” team

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