Your credit rating determines your citizenship status.

No, really. Serious valuta (real estate, businesses, even vehicles) simply cannot be owned in this country unless you have one of two things:
  1. Immense piles of money, or
  2. Good credit.
In other words, you're either already rich or have to put yourself heavily in someone's debt in order to enjoy the entitlements of a citizen.

Okay, so I'm bitter. I've worked hard for 10 years in order to pull my credit rating all the way up to "questionable", and still can't get a mortgage. But action sweetens bitterness, so I'm passing on a really fantastic tip.

You should get a copy of your credit report. These things are often inaccurate.

Furthermore, you don't have to sign up for some hokey "credit protection service" to get one. You don't even have to apply for a credit card. Many states have laws entitling you to a free copy once a year. When you get your credit report, you can ask the agency to research any inaccuracies, and get them removed.

Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and Vermont let you get a free credit report once a year (twice in Georgia).

All other states let the agencies charge you. Some even let them charge you sales tax. If you live in such a state, you may want to write your state government people about this. (charging you money for crucial information about your own self... Bah.)

Here's how to get your credit report from the three major agencies:

Call 800-997-2493. Follow the instructions on the phone. They will mail your report if you live in a state that lets you get it for free, or ask you for a credit card if you don't.

Trans Union:
Call 800-888-4213. Follow the instructions on the phone, as with Equifax above.

Experian has a phone number (888-397-3742) and has recently updated their website so you can view your report directly online.. Just go to Experian's consumer information page, click the button under "Your Credit Report", and follow the instructions.

That is all.

this page is my fault. All information is provided without having asked anyone's permission.

Last modified: Friday, 21-Dec-2001 12:50:18 EST