Featured Image Your credit report is a record of your credit payment history. It tells companies how you have managed money in the past and helps them decide whether or not to do business with you. A good credit report can help you get new financial products, a new home loan, or even car insurance. Information included in your credit report Identifying information such as your name, social security number, current and past addresses and employers Your history of paying bills with companies such as retail stores, banks, mortgage companies including amounts borrowed or credit limits, dates loans were taken out, balances, and past due amounts Public records such as liens, court judgments, and bankruptcies Credit history inquiries Credit report access Not just anyone can see a credit report. Only those with a legitimate business need are authorized, such as: Financial institutions, when you apply for loans, mortgages and credit Landlords, when you apply for a lease Employers, with your consent, when they are considering you for employment Additional credit report use Credit bureaus can also use information from credit reports to provide marketers with lists of consumers who might be good prospects for credit or insurance. You can instruct all three major credit bureaus not to provide your name to marketers by: Visiting www.OptOutPrescreen.com Calling toll-free at 888-567-8688.