If you live with someone over the age of 75 or someone who is blind or severely sight impaired you may be entitled to a free or discounted TV licence. There are also payment schemes available to help you spread the cost.
• Anyone aged 75 or over is entitled to apply for a free TV Licence. It doesn’t need to be renewed for three years.
• If the eligible person is not the current licence holder at the address, but shares their home with someone younger, they can still apply. Call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6073 and the name will be transferred onto the existing licence.
• Those aged 74 can apply for a short-term licence covering them until their 75th birthday or claim a refund on an existing licence for the months since they reached 75.
How does someone apply?
Although it is free, people aged 75 or over do still need to apply for their TV Licence.
Fill in a form at www.tvlicensing.co.uk or call 0300 790 6073 (they will need their national insurance number and date of birth to hand).
For anyone without their national insurance number, call 0300 790 6073 to arrange to provide other proof of date of birth.
How does the blind concession work?
If someone is blind or severely sight impaired, they will receive a 50% concession on the cost of your TV Licence.
If the eligible person lives with someone who is blind or severely sight impaired they can also benefit from the blind concession by transferring their licence to the name of the blind or severely sight impaired person. To do this, call 0300 790 6131 or visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk
How does someone apply?
Fill out and print an application form – one can be found at www.tvlicensing.co.uk
Send the form, certificate and payment to Concessionary Licensing Centre, TV Licensing, Bristol BS98 1TL
They will need to include a photocopy of a certificate from their local authority or ophthalmologist indicating that they are blind or severely sight impaired (in Northern Ireland, the certificate must be issued by or on behalf of a Health and Social Services Trust. In the Isle of Man, it must be issued by or on behalf of the Department for Health and Social Services).
• A colour TV Licence costs £145.50 and a black and white TV Licence costs £49.00.
What are the ways to pay?
• Online - at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/info by Direct Debit or with a debit or credit card.
• Direct Debit - monthly, quarterly or annual Direct Debit schemes: www.tvlicensing.co.uk/directdebit
• Over-the-counter – payment at over 22,000 PayPoint outlets.
• Debit/credit card over the phone - from a range of cards including Maestro, Delta and Connect. Call 0300 790 6071.
• Post – send a cheque made payable to TV Licensing to: TV Licensing, Bristol BS98 1TL
• Payment Card - spread the cost into weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments, over the counter, online, by SMS or by phone. Call 0300 790 6078 or visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/cashplans
• Savings Card – those who have completed payment for a year’s TV Licence using a Payment Card can sign up for a Savings Card to make small payments (£2 minimum) at any time either online, by text, at any PayPoint outlet or over the phone.