Ordering a business credit report online is easy.
1. Visit www.experian.com/business-credit-reports and enter the name and state of the company you would like a business credit report for. There is no charge for the search. We will match your request with the 18 million companies in our database and provide you with a list of the best results.
2. Select the type of business credit report you would like from the search results.
3. Become a Experian registered user by filling out the registration form and selecting a password. Once you register, you will need only your name and password when buying future reports.
4. Read and agree to our conditions of sale.
5. Submit your order and instantly access the business credit report that you requested! Your credit card will be validated and charged for the report(s) purchased. You will receive confirmation of your purchase and the business credit report(s) in seconds.
Note: Once you finalize your order, we will encrypt your credit card information and send it securely to our third-party vendor for validation and processing. We do not retain credit card information at Experian.
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The Experian Small Business website is available 24-7 during which time you may visit your My Account center and view your existing orders. However, purchase of new reports may not be available at times due to system maintenance.
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Absolutely! This is always a good idea and it is a good first step toward securing a good credit standing. Many lending institutions pay very close attention to payment behavior trends of a business when determining the interest rate and borrowing power for business loans.
Checking your business credit report does not affect your business credit score. Pulling your own business credit report is considered a soft inquiry. Soft inquiries do not affect your business credit score, and they are not revealed to potential lenders or creditors.
When you purchase and review a report, you will see the "printable version" option on the report page. Click this button to print your report.
If your business has been denied credit in the past 60 days based upon Experian Commercial Credit data, you should obtain a copy of your Experian Business Report for review. Please click the link below for further information on how to obtain a copy of your Experian Business Report.
Experian's Credit Ranking Score is determined through a statistically-derived algorithm that determines risk based on multiple factors:
Experian utilizes color icons to show, in graphical terms, individual items that may impact the overall creditworthiness of a company. Good (), caution (), and warning () are our choice of icons. Below is how we determine which icon to show based on specific criteria for each item.
Business Scoring Worse:
80% to 100% = ; 61% to 79% = ; < 61% = .
0 filed = ; 1 or more filed, 0 active = ; 1 or more active = .
0 filed = ; 1 or more filed, 2 or less active = ; > 2 active = .
0 filed = ; 1 or more filed, 2 or less active = ; > 2 active = .
1 or less filed and 0 active = ; 4 or less filed and 1 or less active = ; more than one active or more than 4 filed = .
Business credit reports contain information on a particular business' payment history, existing credit obligations, previous or existing legal filings, and background history. Often used as an indicator of a company's "financial health," a business credit report is most commonly used to help a lender decide if a company can take on additional financial obligations and if it will most likely pay those obligations on time. Experian offers up to 4 different business reports per company ranging in depth of information.
Experian requires minimum information to generate a score; so if a business doesn't meet these requirements, a score is not generated. Minimum information is at least one tradeline and/or one demographic element.
1. Company Information
Includes the company's name, address, phone number and Experian file number. The year the file was established on Experian's database will be displayed when the company's incorporation date is not available.
2. Credit Categories
Classifies the company's current credit status into one of five categories – acceptable, caution, warning, serious risk and bankruptcy – based on the company's current payment behavior and the presence or absence of collection data or derogatory legal filings.
3. Legal Filings
Summarizes any bankruptcy, tax lien and judgment filings gathered from federal, state and county courthouses nationwide. (Experian also offers complete information on these legal filings – as well as Uniform Commercial Code, corporate records and Fictitious Business Name (Doing Business As) filings – online. See our business public records area for more information.)
4. Detailed Collection Filings
Includes information gathered from a nationwide network of collection agencies. The report provides the collection agency's name, the amount placed for collection and the date the account was submitted to the collection agency.
5. Payment behavior
Summarizes the company's credit relationships and payment performance. Experian collects this information from suppliers nationwide.
6. Payment trends and industry comparison
Compares the company's payment performance with other businesses in the same industry to help you make a more accurate risk evaluation. (Requires payment information about the company to be available for at least the past six months.)
This information can include the type of business, number of employees or sales figures, where incorporated and key officers.
Experian provides a credit category by analyzing the business's current trade experiences and the presence or absence of collection data and derogatory public record filings. We then classify the business into one of the following categories:
Actual tradeline company names are not displayed, but rather supplier category names will appear. For example, if your company is 60 DBT (Days Beyond Terms) with "ACME CELL COMMUNICATIONS", the entry may appear as "TELECOM ... 60DBT".
It is not uncommon for a business credit score to fluctuate slightly. Experian's proprietary model for business credit scores looks at over 140 modeling variables to derive the score, so there are other factors beyond what is displayed on the credit report that can cause a score to slightly change or shift.
Factors include, but are not limited to:
Yes, Experian provides tax liens, judgments and bankruptcies on businesses nationwide.
Customer Support is available from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Central Time on Friday and can be reached at 1 888 808 8242.
Experian collects credit obligation information from thousands of businesses nationwide. These businesses are typically the suppliers or lenders with which a company has existing financial relationships.
Experian also collects legal filings from the various local, county and state courts across the United States. Company background information is collected from a variety of independent firms. Experian does not display information directly from a company about its business, unless that information has been verified.
Experian provides access to our business database in real time. Experian receives public record information from government and vendor sources on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly schedule.
Once we receive public record updates from the government or vendor sources, turnaround time for formatting, cleansing and loading data is generally 48 to 72 hours. Turnaround time for bankruptcy reports being available online is typically within 24 hours of the original filing.
Experian uses leading technologies to format, cleanse and load data that is acquired directly from government sources and industry leading vendors.
Changes, once loaded by Experian into the Experian business credit file, will have an immediate impact on the business credit report and score. Approved requests for updated business credit information are loaded weekly over the weekends. However, depending on the nature of the request, investigation and approval of the requested update can take up to 30 or 60 days. For example, a simple demographic update to a business street address will not take as long to investigate, approve and process as it would to dispute trade credit detail.
If you believe that your company's Experian report contains inaccurate information, you can initiate an update to your company details by using Experian's www.BusinessCreditFacts.com web site.
Please contact us immediately at 1 888 808 8242.
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Experian provides value by delivering timely and accurate data with nationwide coverage. We offer competitive low prices and easy-to-read reports.
To learn more about our many business credit and business marketing services, please contact us directly at 800 520 1221 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a wide variety of additional credit, marketing, monitoring and scoring products, (not available via credit card), that you can access via our subscriber site http://www.experian.com.
By reviewing public records and other business information, companies save every year on the costs of acquiring new business and managing liability and potential fraud. Reviewing public records and other business information also establishes sound business relationships that can extend for years.
Experian's business credit reports summarize critical information about a company so you can:
The report also helps you:
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Yes, the copy you originally saw is available for seven days following the purchase using the My Account section on the site.
Experian stores your reports for 7 days. Just log in to Experian with your username and password and your reports will be accessible from the homepage.
Experian® Small Business does not provide access to Experian's personal credit information. Experian Small Business provides access to Experian's business database.
If you have a copy of your personal credit report, you can call Experian's National Consumer Assistance Center at 1 888 397 3742 for assistance. Click here to get your personal credit report.