If a person has a loan with a credit bureau for any reason, the payment history of the loan will usually report to at least one of the three major credit bureaus. Credit unions do not provide information on assets held or transaction accounts such as checking accounts.
Credit unions are financial institutions just like the big banks, but they are owned and managed differently than a corporate financial institution. Unlike corporations that are for profit and responsible to the shareholders of the corporation, a credit union is a not-for-profit cooperative owned by credit union members. Even though the structure is different from a corporation, most credit unions have the same financial products as the large financial institutions. Credit unions will protect their members by performing due diligence on any lending, which is why they usually report any debt payment history to the credit bureaus.
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Creditors are under no obligation to report to a credit bureau, but most credit unions report to at least one of the three major credit bureaus when a customer has borrowed funds. One way a customer can determine if a credit union is reporting to a credit bureau is to order his credit file from each of the major credit bureaus which are TransUnion, Equifax and Experian. A person can also order a free credit report from each of the three credit bureaus from Annual Credit Report.
Why Not Report
Credit unions are not-for-profit, so many of them will not report to all three credit bureaus since it is an expensive undertaking. The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 made it possible for a person to get a least one credit report a year and the credit bureaus simply passed the additional cost incurred under the Act to lenders. Credit bureau data is costly to a lender, which is why many customers see a charge for credit reports on loan or mortgage closing statements.
Ask the Credit Union
If a customer wants to know what credit bureau a credit union reports to, all he needs to do is ask the credit union. The credit union will not withhold this information and many credit unions have pre-printed literature in branch lobbies that have detailed information on how the credit union operates with the credit bureaus.
- CreditUnionsFORYOU.com: What is a Credit Union
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- "American Bankers Association"; Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions of 2003; Morrison & Foerster LLP; November 2003
- Experian. "What Are Credit Bureaus and How Do They Work?" Accessed Nov. 2, 2020.
- Fair Isaac Corporation. "What's Not in My FICO® Scores?" Accessed Nov. 2, 2020.
- Fair Isaac Corporation. "How Do Credit Bureaus Get Your Information?" Accessed Nov. 2, 2020.
- Federal Trade Commission. "Free Credit Reports." Accessed Nov. 2, 2020.
- Federal Trade Commission. "Prescreened Credit and Insurance Offers." Accessed Nov. 2, 2020.
- Federal Trade Commission. "Fair Credit Reporting Act § 602 Congressional Findings and Statement of Purpose." Page 1. Accessed Nov. 2, 2020.
- Federal Trade Commission. "Fair Credit Reporting Act § 612. Charges for Certain Disclosures." Page 57. Accessed Nov. 2, 2020.
- Federal Trade Commission. "In FTC Study, Five Percent of Consumers Had Errors on Their Credit Reports That Could Result in Less Favorable Terms for Loans." Accessed Nov. 2, 2020.
Mary Frazier began writing in 2011 for various websites and has over 20 years of experience as a bank vice president and senior trust officer. Frazier is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of North Florida and holds a Master of Science in finance from the College for Financial Planning.