In a big policy shift, two of the three major credit bureaus say they will begin revealing credit scores to consumers early next year, and the third is likely to do so as well.

The impetus is a California law taking effect next July 1 that will require all credit bureaus and lenders to divulge scores to Californians. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., has introduced similar legislation at a national level, so it is possible that rules similar to California's may apply across the land.

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