Television licence concessions

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You need a valid television license if you use TV receiving equipment to watch any television programmes as they’re being shown on TV.

What does 'TV receiving equipment' cover?

‘TV receiving equipment’ includes a TV, set-top box, computer, video or DVD recorder, tablet, mobile phone or any other device.

The consumer advice body Which? tests all of these products - find out more on their website.

What entitles you to a TV licence concession?

TV licence concessions are available for the following reasons: 

  • You're aged 75 or over (or your household includes an over-75)
  • You're registered as blind or severely sight impaired
  • You are retired or disabled and live in certain accommodation

The over-75 concession

A free licence is not given out automatically - you need to apply for it.

You'll need to provide the following information:

  • Your date of birth
  • National insurance number (if you don't have an NI number, passport or driving licence will do)

If you share your house with someone younger than 75, you can still apply for a free licence, but it must be in your name.

Once you have your free TV licence, it will be automatically renewed annually.

Blind or severly sight-impaired

You can claim a 50% discount if you fall into this category - when you apply, you'll need to supply a photocopy of the certificate from your local authority or ophthalmologist confirming your status.

Second home

Your TV licence concession will not cover you, if you have a second home. You will have to buy a separate licence.

How to claim your concession

If you think you qualify for a TV licence concession, you can apply by calling TV Licensing on 0300 790 6131 or visiting the TV licensing website.

There are a number of different ways to pay for your TV licence, including direct debit, credit or debit card, cheque and TV licensing payment card.

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