TV Licence Fee
Reductions on TV Licence Fee
A TV Licence now (2017) costs £147 a year, or £49.50 for a black and white licence. You can pay it all in one go, or spread the cost weekly, monthly or quarterly.
For more information on the ways to pay, go to tvlicensing.co.uk/payinfo.
Blind concession: People who are registered blind or severely sight impaired are entitled to a 50% reduction in the TV Licence fee. To apply for a concessionary licence go to tvlicensing.co.uk/blind.
When their licence is due for renewal, anyone who is blind or severely sight impaired should send their renewal form and a photocopy of a certificate from their local authority or ophthalmologist indicating that they are blind or severely sight impaired to: Concessionary Licensing Centre, TV Licensing, Bristol BS98 1TL. They will not need to provide any of this information again when they next renew their TV Licence.
You can also benefit from the blind concession TV Licence by transferring your 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.
Over 75 licence: People who are aged 75 or over are entitled to a free TV Licence that will cover their household. Although it is free, people aged 75 or over do still need to apply for the licence by providing TV Licensing with their date of birth and National Insurance number. If someone does not have a National Insurance number, they can ring TV Licensing to arrange other proof of their date of birth.
Once someone aged 75 or over has successfully applied for their licence, their licence will be automatically renewed twice: it is, in essence, a free three year licence. To find out how to apply for a free licence, people can call 0300 790 6112.
If someone is 74 and needs to renew their licence, they can apply for a short-term licence that will cover them until their 75th birthday or claim a refund on an existing licence for the months since they reached the age of 75.
TV Licensing – what you need to know
If you watch or record live TV programmes on any channel you need to be covered by a valid TV Licence. This could be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder. You also need a TV Licence if you download or watch programmes on BBC iPlayer.
If you do any of the above without a valid Licence, you may risk prosecution and a maximum penalty of up to £1,000, plus any legal costs. You will also still have to buy a TV Licence if you need one.