10-0974 / October 2010
Federal Credit Union (FCU) Compliance with §202.6(b)(6) of the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation B (Reg B).
Trycera Credit Services, Trycera Financial, Inc.
18200 Von Karman Ave., Suite 850, Irvine, CA 92614
Dear Mr. Nathans:
You have asked if, when making a creditworthiness determination, FCUs must consider information provided by a member that is not included in a traditional credit report. The answer is yes to the extent that FCUs must comply with Reg B, which includes requirements regarding additional information creditors must consider in determining creditworthiness in certain circumstances.
You state you are employed by a company that, among other things, provides consumers with an
alternative credit reference report that a third-party verifies and that may capture payment
histories, for example, of utility bills, not typically reported to credit bureaus. You sought
clarification on whether FCUs are required to consider this type of information in making a
Reg B implements provisions of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, 15 U.S.C. §1601 et seq., and
prohibits lenders from discriminating against credit applicants, establishes guidelines for
gathering and evaluating credit information, and requires written notification when credit is
denied. 12 C.F.R. Part 202. Generally, creditors may restrict the kinds of credit history and
credit references they will consider in making a determination of creditworthiness as long as the
restrictions are applied to all applicants without regard to any prohibited basis, such as race,
sex, or marital status. 12 C.F.R. Part 202, Supp. I, 6(b)(6). Upon an applicant’s request, however,
Reg B requires creditors, in evaluating the creditworthiness of an applicant, to consider any
information an applicant may present tending to indicate the credit history being considered does
not accurately reflect the applicant’s creditworthiness. 12 C.F.R. §202.6(b)(6)(ii). As further
explained in the Official Staff Commentary to Reg B, creditors, at an applicant’s request, must
consider credit information not reported through a credit bureau when the information relates to
the same types of credit references and history the creditor would consider if reported through a
credit bureau. 12 C.F.R. Part 202, Supp. I, 6(b)(6). Thus, for example, if an FCU generally relies
on only credit reports from one of the major credit reporting agencies, an FCU will be required, if
a member seeking credit requests it, to consider additional information meeting the criteria of 12
C.F.R. §202.6(b)(6)(ii). We note that NCUA cannot and does not endorse any third-party product or service and, therefore, this letter does not express an opinion about or an endorsement of your
company’s product. We hope you find our response to your inquiry helpful and, if you have any
further questions, please feel free to contact Staff Attorney Justin Anderson or me.
Hattie M. Ulan Associate General Counsel