Yes, you can. Exerpt from The Basics of Credit Scoring
by Dean Hartman on December 16, 2010
"Special Note About Inquiries
This is always a hot topic because borrowers think they will hurt their score because their credit report is pulled. But as explained above, New Credit only accounts for 10% of a personâ€™s score, and of that, inquiries is only a part. Also, keep in mind what an inquiry represents â€“ application for additional credit. If your credit report and score shows that you are a responsible borrower, then applying for more credit will have a minimal affect on your score. But if you appear to be an irresponsible borrower, then the inquiry may drop your score a few points, or several points.
Note what Fair Isaac itself says about inquiries at http://www.myfico.com:
1. â€œFor many people, one additional credit inquiry (voluntary and initiated by an application for credit) may not affect their FICO score at all. For most people, a credit inquiry will only decrease their FICO score by a few points.â€
2. â€œLooking for a mortgage or an auto loan may cause multiple lenders to request your credit report, even though youâ€™re only looking for one loan. To compensate for this, the score ignores all mortgage and auto inquiries made in the 30 days prior to scoring. So if you find a loan within 30 days, the inquiries wonâ€™t affect your score while youâ€™re rate shopping.â€