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If you enjoy watching the television, then you need to make sure you have a valid TV licence.
You’ll need a valid TV licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel (including BBC). This also applies if you download or watch any BBC programmes using BBC iPlayer – whether that’s live on iPlayer, or watching downloaded content on a viewing device (such as a TV, computer, tablet or mobile phone).
However, the good news for people in later life is that you may qualify for concessions on the price of your licence. You can get a free TV licence if you’re 75 or over.
On this page we’ll explain:
There are various TV licence discounts.
If you’re aged 75 or over, you need to apply for a free TV licence as it’s not given out automatically. Contact TV licensing to apply. You’ll need to provide:
If you’re aged 74, contact TV licensing to apply for a short-term TV licence. The licence will last until the time when you turn 75; you should then automatically receive a free over-75 licence. You’ll need to provide:
If you’re blind or sight-impaired, contact TV licensing. Once you’re registered, all your TV licence renewals will be at the concessionary rate. You’ll need to provide:
If you’re living in a care home or sheltered housing, contact the warden, staff or managing authority where you live who will apply for an ARC licence for you. To qualify you must:
If you're 74 or older, get in touch with TV Licensing
Get more information if you're blind or severely sight-impaired
If you have already paid the full fee for a TV licence and you think you might be eligible for one of the discounts listed above, then contact TV licensing who can help you apply for a refund.
Find out more from TV Licensing
If you live in a care home or sheltered housing, ask the warden, staff or managing authority where you live to help you apply for a refund.
Visit the TV licensing website for more information
For more information:
Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174
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