You must have a TV Licence if you watch or record programmes on any channel on a TV, computer or other device as they are broadcasted, or if you download or watch BBC programmes or iPlayer. However, some people may be eligible for either a discounted or free TV Licence.
Free TV Licence
Anyone aged 75 or over is entitled to apply for a free TV Licence. If the person aged 75 or over is not the current licence holder at the address, and shares their home with someone younger, they can still apply. They need to call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6112 and their name will be transferred onto the existing licence. Those aged 74 can apply for a short-term licence covering them until their 75th birthday.
Even though it’s free, people aged 75 or over do still need to apply for their TV Licence. They can apply online or by phone (0300 790 6112). They will need their National Insurance number to hand, however if they do not have one they should call TV Licensing to arrange for another way to prove their age.
Discounted TV Licence
You can get a 50% if you are registered blind, severely sight impaired or live with someone who is. If the blind or sight impaired person is not already the current licence holder at the address, they will need to contact TV Licensing and transfer their name onto the existing licence.
To apply for this discount the blind or severely sight impaired person will need to send a copy of a certificate from their ophthalmologist or a copy of a certificate issued by or on behalf of their local authority, stating that they are registered blind or severely sight impaired. This will need to be sent with their application form to TV licencing.
People in Residential Care
You can get a special licence for £7.50 if you are in residential care and one of the following applies:
- You are retired and over 60;
- You are disabled.
The manager of the residential care home can apply for you or the person you care for. Further information on this discount can be seen on the TV Licensing Website.