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TV Licence

You must have a TV Licence if you watch or record programmes on any channel on a TV, computer or other device as they’re broadcast, and from 1st September 2016 if you download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.

However some people are entitled to a free or discounted TV Licence.

More information on who needs a TV Licence can be seen on the TV Licensing website.


This information applies to people living in England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland.


Who is entitled to a free TV Licence?

Anyone aged 75 or over is entitled to apply for a free TV Licence.

If the person aged 75 or over is not the current licence holder at the address, and shares their home with someone younger, they can still apply. They need to call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6112 and their name will be transferred onto the existing licence.

Note: Those aged 74 can apply for a short-term licence covering them until their 75th birthday.

Even though it’s free, people aged 75 or over do still need to apply for their TV Licence. They can apply online or by phone (0300 790 6112). They will need their National Insurance number to hand, however if they do not have one they should call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6112 to arrange for another way to prove their age.

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Who is entitled to a discounted TV licence?

Blind or severely sight impaired people

You can get a 50% discount if you’re registered blind or severely sight impaired, or live with someone who is (the licence has to be in the blind or severely sight impaired person’s name - if it isn’t already they need to call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6112 and their name will be transferred onto the existing licence).

To apply for this discount the blind or severely sight impaired person needs to send a copy of a certificate from their ophthalmologist or a copy of a certificate or document issued by or on behalf of their local authority (in England, Wales & Scotland) or their Health and Social Services Trust (in Northern Ireland), stating that they are registered blind or severely sight impaired. They need to send this with their application form to TV Licencing. The application form and the TV Licencing address can be seen on the TV Licensing website.

People in residential care

You can get a special licence for £7.50 if you are in residential care and one of the following applies:

  • you are retied and over 60
  • you are disabled

The manager of the residential care home can apply for you. Further information on this discount can be seen on the TV Licensing website.

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Ways to pay your TV Licence

The TV Licensing website has a list of the different ways you can pay your TV Licence.

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