Updating Credit Report to Show Lien Released

Dear Experian,

How do I amend my credit report to show that a federal tax lien has been released?


Dear CCF,

Experian periodically collects tax lien information from court records. The term "released" means that the tax lien has been paid. If the lien has been recorded as released by the court, it will be automatically updated to show as released on your credit report.

If you haven't already done so, you can request a copy of your credit report online to check whether the lien is already showing that it has been released. Keep in mind that releasing the lien will not remove it immediately from your report. Paid liens remain on the report for seven years from the filing date, while unpaid liens remain for up to 10 years from the date filed.

If you see that the lien is not yet showing released and you need the item to be updated right away, you can submit lien release documentation directly to Experian .

A copy of the documentation showing the lien has been released can be sent via mail to the address listed on your report. You can also submit the "release of lien" online by uploading documentation. If you choose to mail the documents, be sure to include all your identification information so that Experian will be able to locate your records. Once the documentation is received, Experian will use it to update the lien entry .

Thanks for asking.
The "Ask Experian" team

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