Definitions for "Permissible purposes"
The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires all parties to have a permissible purpose for gaining access to someone's credit report. Examples of permissible purpose include: written instructions of the consumer, a court order, or a subpoena issued in connection with proceedings before a Federal grand jury. Permissible Purposes also include use in connection with a credit transaction involving the consumer and involving the extension of credit to, or review or collection of an account of the consumer.
As defined by the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various state regulators, the circumstances under which a third party may obtain a consumer credit report. Permissible purposes include credit transactions, employment purposes, insurance underwriting, government financial responsibility laws, court orders, subpoenas, written instructions of the consumer, or legitimate business needs.
As defined in section 604 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, only the named reasons for requesting a credit report are deemed "permissible". Requests not meeting these criteria must be denied.