If you’d like to get your free TransUnion VantageScore 3.0 using your NerdWallet account, you’ll need to connect your NerdWallet account to your TransUnion credit profile. When you do this, you may run into a message saying you don’t have enough credit history to display a credit report.
This can happen if you’re new to building credit, or if you haven't used any type of credit in several years. In this case, TransUnion, our credit score partner, does not have enough information about your history with managing credit accounts to generate your credit score. It typically takes about six months to build a score from scratch, so it’s a good idea to wait until you’ve had a credit card or loan for that period of time before trying again to connect to your credit profile to your NerdWallet account.
In the meantime, you can build your credit profile by making all of your monthly payments on time, keeping your credit utilization ratio low, and avoiding opening too many new accounts in a short period. Check out these articles to learn more about building credit:
- How to Build Credit
- Building Credit? How a Credit Card 'Gets You There Faster'
- How Long Does It Take to Build Credit?
But I've been able to view my TransUnion credit score on other websites!
In this case, you'll want to reach out to TransUnion to review the information they have for you in their system.
Credit bureaus occasionally have outdated personal information (e.g. employer, address, etc.) that may cause confusion during the registration process. TransUnion uses this information to verify your identity, so it's a good idea to contact TransUnion directly to make sure they have accurate information on file for you. Once you've done this, you can try connecting your credit score to your NerdWallet account again in 30 days.
You can find their contact information on their Contact Us page.
You should also know...
If you’ve never had a credit card or a loan before and want to get started with building credit, using a secured credit card responsibly can be a good way to get started. Learn more about secured cards here.