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Generally, most creditors and lenders are required to report to the credit bureaus about their customers.
An individual can self-report as well, but in order to do this they need to become a member of one of the credit bureaus. This can usually be done for a fee. Keep in mind that each bureau has their own guidelines.
Lauren Smith, WalletHub Staff Writer
Banks and credit unions report to the credit bureaus, as do businesses such as utility companies, internet providers and medical offices. The credit card issuers, loan providers and other companies reporting to the major credit bureaus relay certain personal information, credit account history, credit inquiries, and more.
Even though it’s not required by law for lenders or creditors to report any data, they often choose to. They benefit from the information other creditors report by using it to determine your creditworthiness and how likely you are to repay debt.
Although you cannot directly self-report to the credit bureaus, third-parties like LevelCredit, Experian Boost, and eCredable Lift can send the bureaus your account information and payment history for services and debts that are not already listed like rent and utility bills. On-time payment history from these accounts can improve your credit in the long term.
To review the information lenders have reported to the credit bureaus about your accounts, you can check your credit report for free here on WalletHub.
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