Is Credit Wiped Clean After 7 Years?

Find out how long negative information stays on your Equifax Credit Report and how you can remove it before 7 years have passed.

Is Credit Wiped Clean After 7 Years?

Most negative information on credit reports generally stays for 7 years. Bankruptcy, for instance, stays on Equifax credit reports for 7 to 10 years, depending on the type of bankruptcy. Closed accounts paid as agreed remain on Equifax credit reports for up to 10 years. Contrary to popular belief, the debt does not go away after 7 years.

The seven-year rule is based on when the delinquency occurred. Whether the entire account is deleted depends on whether you updated it after the non-payment. If the account was updated, late payments that have been seven years old will be eliminated, but the rest of the account history will be preserved. This is why it's important to review credit reports from each of the major credit bureaus annually.

The specific number of years an adverse credit mark lasts on a credit report depends in part on the type of debt in question. Over time, it will have less influence on your credit rating and will eventually completely disappear from your credit report. If you cancel a collection account, the collection agency may be able to contact the credit bureaus and remove the collection account from your credit reports within seven years. Medical collections may also affect your credit scores differently from other types of collection accounts, depending on the credit rating model.

Even after you add unpaid medical debt to your credit report, it may not affect your overall credit rating as much as other accounts being collected. Each of the three major credit bureaus (Experian, Transunion and Equifax) can keep negative items on your credit report for years. Generally speaking, allegations and negative information can generally remain on a credit report for 7 years, although legal judgments can remain on a credit report for much longer. This information can also help you make wise debt management decisions when formulating a credit repair strategy.

The consequences of default include negative reporting on your credit report and a possible drop in your credit rating. Adverse credit ratings influence your credit rating less over time, but try to avoid falling captive to your debt in the first place. Derogatory items can remain on your credit reports for seven to 10 years or more, according to the Fair Credit Reporting Act. You can remove negative items from your credit report before 7 years have passed by filing a dispute with the three major credit bureaus, assuming that the negative items are inaccurate.

Most of the negative items should automatically disappear from your credit reports seven years after the date of your first late payment, at which point your credit rating could start to increase.