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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.
‘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.
TV licence concessions are available for the following reasons:
A free licence is not given out automatically - you need to apply for it.
You'll need to provide the following information:
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.
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.
Your TV licence concession will not cover you, if you have a second home. You will have to buy a separate licence.
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.
Download the factsheet Television licence concessions (PDF 146 KB)
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TV Licensing provides information on different types of TV licence and ways to pay.
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A download is a document (like a research report, a leaflet, or an application form) that can be transferred from our website to your computer. You can download a file, view it on your screen, print it, or save it to your computer.
PDF stands for ‘portable document format’.
Most downloads on this website are PDFs. We use this format to ensure that the document looks the same on everyone’s computer (website pages, by contrast, appear differently depending on how people have set their computer up).
Computers use a program called Adobe Acrobat Reader to download PDFs. If you try clicking on a link to download a PDF and it doesn’t work, you will need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader onto your computer.
The process is quite straightforward and is free.
PDFs cannot be changed.
Downloads will open on your computer in a new browser window.
Inside this window (below all your web browser menus), there will be a toolbar with options for you to print or save the document.
Close the browser window to return to the Age UK website.
We have made every effort to make our PDFs accessible to screen readers. Please ensure that you have downloaded the latest version of Acrobat Reader from the Adobe Reader website to ensure that accessibility options are included in your version of the programme.
You can use Adobe Reader to read a PDF out loud with the following shortcut keys:
You can convert a PDF document into a text file for use with other software and hardware such as Braille printers by opening the PDF and choosing ‘Save as text’ from the File menu.
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