Did you know that you get a Credit Report free every year from 1st Jan 2017?. If not, please read on.
A credit report is an important document that is regularly updated with things like loans you took, EMIs you paid on time or not, your credit card overdue statement. Till now, this report was not Free in India unlike other developed countries.
Credit Reports and Scores are also important checklist items that are considered by every Bank and NBFC before approving your loan application – be it a Personal Loan, Home Loan or a Business Loan that you are applying for your company as a Director or Propreitor of the company.
Credit Information Companies like CIBIL TransUnion, Experian and Equifax are the ones who keep a track of this data for every borrower and are now bound by this RBI mandate to provide this for Free to every Indian!
On Sep 1 2016, via a circular RBI had directed all the Credit Information Companies (CICs) in India to provide one Free Full Credit Report (FFCR) to anyone who requests it after due authorisation checks, every year.
Here is a cheat sheet about how you could get one from the different CICs :-
This is available via on offline process as of now.
You can download this form and send it via post to CIBIL office in Mumbai (I Know!!). I hope CIBIL will soon make this available online as well.
You would be required to send your Address Proof, ID proof and other details like Address, PAN, Mobile etc.
I am not sure if the Equifax report is available via other channels
Your Credit Report and score is something that you should be aware of even when you are not immediately looking for a loan so that you are aware of your credit worthiness. At times, there may be errors in these reports that you could proactively get addressed by raising a request with the concerned CIC. This could be of immense help in terms of time taken to get your loan application approved whenever you need the same.