TransUnion Credit Bureau has been operating in the US since 1968, and is currently the third largest consumer credit reporting agency in the country. This article gives some brief information on their history, and looks at some of the services that they offer businesses and individuals.
Also sometimes referred to as TransUnion LLC, TransUnion are one of the three biggest consumer credit agencies in the United States, with Equifax and Experian completing the trio. All three offer a similar range of services in the field of credit-related information.
The company was created in 1968 by Union Tank Car Company, and was built up from the purchases of a number of major city-based credit bureaus. TransUnion has expanded rapidly over the last 40 years to now operate in 24 countries worldwide, with the headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.
The way in which the TransUnion credit bureau makes their money is by offering a range of credit services to both businesses and individuals. TransUnion have vast credit databases, which store a wide range of credit-related information on almost every adult in the country that has had a credit product sometime in the past.
Every time a customer performs an action on their credit account it gets reported to a credit bureau such as TransUnion. Actions can include making payments, missing payments, closing accounts and opening new accounts.
Businesses that offer lines of credit to customers such as credit card providers – can then pay a fee to TransUnion to access information stored on an individual who has applied for one of their credit products.
The company can then use this information to establish whether or not the customer is a reliable individual who keeps their accounts in order, or a credit risk who may cost them money. The way in which the risk is assessed is usually by credit scoring, a process whereby the customer needs to score a number of points in order to be accepted for the product.
TransUnion credit bureau also deals with consumers directly. Usually this is individuals who pay a monthly or one-off fee to access their own credit report. It is however possible to get a free copy of your own credit report once every 12 months, by telephoning Annual Credit Report on 1-877-322-8228.
It is strongly recommended that all U.S. citizens request this free copy of their credit report, as they can then check in for errors and false information. Incorrect data can then be reported to the TransUnion credit bureau, who will amend it accordingly.
Doing the above means that you can be 100% sure that you are not being turned down for new credit products for the wrong reasons. Even a small error on a credit report (such as an on time payment being recorded as late) can have a hugely negative effect on a credit application.
An even better step is to contact all three of the major credit bureaus in the country (TransUnion, Equifax and Experian) and request a copy of your credit report from each. The credit agencies do not necessarily share information, so it is best to check yourself that their records are correct.