Protecting your credit can be important for your financial future, and problems on your credit report can affect your military career, including your eligibility for security clearance. Before deploying, consider placing an “active duty alert” on your credit report. This alert helps minimize the risk of identity theft while you are away. The alert requires creditors to verify your identity before issuing credit. To place the alert on your credit report, contact the fraud number at any one of the three consumer reporting agencies. The agency you contact is required to contact the other two.

  • Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
  • Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742)
  • TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289

The alert expires after one year, unless you remove it sooner. For more information on active duty alerts, visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt147.shtm.