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Making a Request to Remove Credit Freeze
You may have put a freeze on your credit in order to take protective measures against identity theft, or for other proactive reasons. If you would like to apply for a new credit account, such as a credit card or a loan, you may be interested in "unfreezing" your credit report in order to give potential creditors access to your file. If you are uncertain which credit agencies you froze your account with, you may have to engage in the unfreezing process with all three.
A Request to Remove a Credit Freeze will "thaw" any freezes that are currently on file with each of the credit bureaus and makes your credit report available to creditors and other third parties who might request it. Timelines and procedures for lifting a security freeze vary from one credit bureau to another, but they generally take about three business days from when your request is received. You will need your PIN that was provided when freezing your credit, so you can access your report and unfreeze when needed.
Rocket Lawyer's Request to Remove a Credit Freeze template is simple and easy to use. You simply answer some questions and then you can save, download, print and send it to the three credit bureaus to unfreeze your credit.
The Request to Remove a Credit Freeze generates letters to satisfy the requirements for each of the three credit bureaus. Simply complete the document, print out the number of copies that you need, and send them to the relevant credit bureaus.
The template provided on this page can be used to unfreeze your TransUnion credit report. Please note that you will need your PIN that was provided when freezing your credit, so you can access your report and unfreeze. For the most up-to-date process, it may be helpful to contact TransUnion directly.
If you want to temporarily unfreeze your credit, you may consider requesting a "thaw" instead. A thaw is a temporary removal of the freeze for a certain period of time, such as a day, week or other specified amount of time. Once that period of time passes, the freeze will automatically be set back into place. The thaw may present a more suitable option rather than having to go through the process of unfreezing then refreezing, depending on what your needs are. For the most up-to-date process, it may be helpful to contact Equifax directly.