How long does it take for credit card latenesses to fall off one’s credit report?

Question by lightning_strikes: How long does it take for credit card latenesses to fall off one’s credit report?
I’ve heard that “baddies” stay on a credit report for 7yrs from the date of first delinquency.

In 2002, I had a Visa lateness recorded on my credit report. Next to the lateness, it said “due to stay on credit report until 3/2005” which is only 2.5yrs not 7. Then in spring 2005, the lateness vanished from my credit report! (hooray!)

But in early 2005, I fell into financial problems again(job loss) and a few more 30day credit card latenesses got recorded on my credit report. In the past month, one of these 30day latenesses has vanished from my TransUnion report, along with any mention of the account(which is a good thing, since it’s been closed and was only open a short time anyway; the account was not beneficial to my Fico score)

I was wondering if the remaining 30day lates will disappear from my report once they hit the 2.5yr mark? Or, have the credit reporting regulations changed since 2002, and I will be stuck with them for the next 4.5yrs? Any experience w/ cc lates?

Best answer:

Answer by spifiman1
According to the 2007 Edition of the Consumer Action Handbook, these accounts should stay on your report for 7-years from the date of first delinquency.

If you have had some drop off earlier that that, consider yourself lucky.

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