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Q: How Long Until I Can Apply for Credit Again After Getting My Clearance Certificate?

A: In theory, you should be able to apply for credit again within a week of receiving your Clearance Certificate. But we have seen that the credit bureaus take longer than that to clear your record. We would suggest waiting three months before applying for new credit.

After the credit bureaus receive your Clearance Certificate each account in your Payment History should have a “Paid Up” or “Closed” status. Since your Payment History remains on your credit report for 2 years your credit score will take some time to become good – as time passes your credit score will improve, and by six months it will be in a much better standing (but you don’t have to wait that long to apply for credit).

Pull your credit report about one month after receiving your Clearance Certificate. Check that everything is in order before applying for credit. If you see that the Debt Review listing sill reflects on your credit profile contact the credit bureau immediately to rectify the listing.

Also keep in mind that even though your credit score might be good, credit providers might still have a flag indicating your history on their internal systems. They must also remove those records. It always remains the decision of the credit provider whether or not they want to extend credit to you. If they do decline your credit application, you have a right to know exactly why they declined it.