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When is your US credit score first established

  1. Jan 27, 2010 #1

    Pythagorean

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    Does it come with your social security number as soon as you're born? When you first pay taxes? You're first credit interaction?
     
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  3. Jan 28, 2010 #2

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    Interesting question. My wife came from another country and we made sure that she got added as a 'responsible party' to my credit card in order to establish credit (not just adding her name). When we bought a house several years later, her credit score was higher than mine (800+). My mother-in-law lives with us now and I can't even get a report from Transunion, Experion, or Equifax about her. This leads me to believe that it starts after you actually borrow money for the first time (or some other trigger).
     
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  4. Jan 29, 2010 #3

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    Utility companies (gas, electric, water, etc.) and service providers like cable, internet, etc. report to credit agencies. If you pay bills which are under your name then I would assume this would be applicable to your question as well. Late or missed payments are reported as such.
     
  5. Jan 29, 2010 #4

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    Utility companies do not report to credit agencies and it won't help you establish credit. The only time you might find a rating from a utility is if you are disconnected for non-payment and the amount is turned over to an outside credit agency. The credit agency then reports the debt they bought to a credit reporting agency.

    An independent ISP or cable company might, but not the public utilies (governed by the PUC or PSC such as gas, electric, & phone).
     
  6. Jan 29, 2010 #5

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    That makes sense.

    I just remember reading a vague statement in most service contracts containing something similar to "We report your payment habits to _____." It is likely I'm just getting this situation confused with my ISP or cable company contracts, though.
     
  7. Jan 29, 2010 #6

    Evo

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    I think it's only if they are regulated that they can't report you.
     
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