How to get your credit rating

If you’re applying for a loan, credit card or even a mobile phone contract, lenders will look at your credit history in order to decide whether you are likely to be a reliable borrower.

A good credit rating is the key to increasing your chances of getting accepted as the higher your rating, the lower the risk for the lender.

If you’re planning to apply for credit now or in the future, it’s vital that you keep a close eye on your credit rating. No credit rating is set in stone but if you’ve got a low rating, it can’t be changed overnight.

That’s why it’s best to regularly check it so that any improvements can be made well before you apply for need to apply for credit.

How to check your credit rating

The most straightforward way to access your credit rating is through your credit report. You can do this through a credit reference agency like TransUnion (formerly Callcredit). Credit reference agencies will give you an indication of what they consider your credit rating is likely to be, but these will vary between credit reference agencies, and lenders will create their own credit rating.

Credit references agencies hold the public and financial information that lenders use to make their decision, such as your credit rating.

We have much more about what credit reference agencies do on our website.

You have the right to access the information credit reference agencies hold about you. Each credit reference agency will be able to provide you with a copy of the information they hold about you. There are a variety of ways you can gain access to the information TransUnion (formerly Callcredit) holds about you, as follows:

Statutory credit report

You are entitled by law to access this instant credit report.

This credit report will not give you your credit rating or score. However, it is still a good way to check your credit history and the information on your credit file.

Apply Online

Access your statutory credit report online to see all the basic facts in black and white.

Apply By Post

If you would prefer to apply by post please download and print the application form.