February 1, 2019

How To Remove Hard Inquiries From Your Credit Report

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated September 3, 2019

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Whether you’re buying a new car or renting an apartment, there are ways to help with your credit report. Hard inquiries affect your credit report for approximately a year so it is helpful to know what to do. Here is more on how to remove hard inquiries from your credit report.

There are two types of inquiries – a hard inquiry and a soft inquiry. Soft inquiries do not affect your credit score because they are often initiated by you. In some cases, a lender will do a soft inquiry to raise your credit limit, but these do not hurt your credit.

A hard inquiry is when you apply for credit. An example is when you buy a new car. The dealership takes information like your name, social security number, address, driver’s license, etc. They will then shop around for lenders and you may see many hard inquiries on your credit report.

The good news is that FICO treats these as one inquiry since it was so that you get the best lender. These fall off of your credit report in a couple of years. Keep in mind though, a hard inquiry may drop your credit score by a few points.

There are a few ways that you can remove a hard inquiry from your credit report.


Allowing the hard inquiry to drop off on its own after a couple of years is one way but this is not always the optimal avenue to take.

Write a Letter

Another way is to write a letter to each credit bureau. Include the reason, the entity that requested the information, and a request for removal. This is called a credit inquiry removal letter. This is ideal for when there is an unrecognized activity or unauthorized activity.

Another way to remove hard inquiries is with a credit repair company. Most credit repair companies do the work for you so that you do not have to write letters or keep up with all of the details. The company can remove items that are unfair, inaccurate, and unverified and this includes hard inquiries that affect your credit score. An affordable credit repair company can help you if funds are tight.

This is the easiest route to take to ensure that your credit report is accurate and any unfair report goes away – and you do not have to do the work.

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