What to Include in Credit Dispute Letter

by : Court Tuttle

Finding a mistake on your credit report can be irritating because, after all, you were not the one who made the mistake. Is there even a way you could fix it without having to waste tons of time and effort? Is a small mistake even worth the trouble of writing a credit dispute letter?

It should not have to be so much of a hassle to write a credit dispute letter, just to get that one little mistake out from underneath your skin and your credit score, but depending on how you do it can make it that way. A credit dispute letter can be done in a manner that will allow you to get the changes you want made accomplished the first time, and in a timely manner as well.

There are a few details that will make your dispute letter a well written, thought out letter that is straight to the point and allows for no confusion, making it more likely for your problems to be fixed more quickly. Here are a few things that will give you the upper hand on your dispute to change your credit report, and therefore increasing your credit score:

1. Do not just write a bunch of chit chat. If you write about the problem you have with your credit report, your great ability to use credit wisely, and your aunt Virginia's poodle that's been hit by a vehicle four times and still isn't dead yet, you probably need to clean up your letter a little bit. You need to be upfront and completely to the point in your credit dispute letter. Otherwise, the reason you actually wrote the letter becomes a little more unclear with each word.

2. Use as many documents as apply. Doing your homework on the problem and providing proof of the error will increase your chances of getting the change made and getting it made fast. The kind of documents you will be able to prove the mistake with, such as payment documents, will allow for them to see more clearly where the problem is rather than having to just go off of your word.

3. Make the correction. You have heard tons of people complaining to you about this and that, but they never tell you what you could possibly do about it.

It's the same way with creditors. They need to know not only what the problem is, but how you think it should be fixed, so you can save a lot of time by telling them first off how you think it should be, then allowing them to decide if your option is correct.

4. Make it simple and clear. The best thing you can do is tell them what your complaint is, tell them why, show them where it happened, and send the letter off. If you write anything more or less than this, you have written an unclear credit dispute letter that will be more difficult to get a response from.