Do Credit Card Issuers Call Your Employer?

by Jeannine Mancini
Credit card issuers don't necessarily verify employment, but they'll check your income.

Unlike applications for mortgages and car loans, credit card applications don't ask for documented proof of income or employment. That doesn't mean, however, that the credit card issuer won't verify the accuracy of the information if it finds that necessary. The bank that issued the card won't call your employer, but if you fall behind on payments on a credit card you're using, a debt collector has the right to contact your employer.

Pulling the Credit Report

Your credit card application is mainly used to gather your personal information to run a credit check. If your credit report contains delinquent accounts or too many accounts, your income and employment history typically won't matter. The minimum credit score required for credit card approval varies, depending on the issuer. Credit card issuers can also refer to the employment section of your credit report, but the information isn't always current.

Confirming the Employer

According to Experian, your employers do not report employment to the credit bureaus. The employment history provided on your report is supplied by lenders when they report the information from your credit application. If you have never applied for credit, your credit report may not display your current employer at all. The employer listing doesn't factor into your credit score.

Verifying Income

The Credit Card Act of 2009 requires credit card issuers to consider your ability to repay your debt before extending you credit. Companies use statistical models to estimate your income based on the information in your credit report. Other credit card companies may delve deeper and verify your income using the Internal Revenue Service's Income Verification Express Service.

Debt Collection

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act allows a third-party debt collector to contact your employer, but only to confirm your employment status. The debt collector must not reveal that it is trying to collect a debt and is usually permitted to call the employer only once.

About the Author

Jeannine Mancini, a Florida native, has been writing business and personal finance articles since 2003. Her articles have been published in the Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida.

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