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England - How To Apply for Free TV Licence

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  • If you're 75 or over you can apply for the free Over 75 TV Licence by phone.
  • Call TV Licensing 0300 790 6131, minicom 0300 709 6050 (8.30 am to 9.00 pm Monday to Friday, Saturdays 8.30 to 5.00 pm).
  • You'll be asked to give your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number.
  • If you're 74, you can apply for the Short Term Licence by also calling TV Licensing 0300 790 6131, minicom 0300 790 6050.
  • You'll need to give your current TV Licence number along with your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number.
ARC Concessionary Licences

You can ask the administrator at your eligible residential care home to apply for ARC licences on your behalf.

Channel Islands and Isle of Man
  • The free TV licence is available in Isle of Man, Guernsey, Alderney and Herm but not Jersey or Sark.
  • You'll need to contact your benefits office to find out if you're eligible for a concessionary TV licence where they're available.
  • Jersey residents aged 75 or over may be entitled to have their television licence fee paid for by the Jersey Department of Social Security.
Concessions for blind people
  • To apply for the blind concession, you'll need to send TV Licensing your name, address, telephone number, TV Licence number and the following:
    • A photocopy of the blind registration certificate from your local authority or ophthalmologist
    • Your licence renewal notice (if you have one)
    • Payment by cheque or postal order of the half-price TV licence fee
  • Post your application to:
TV Licensing
Blind Concession Group
Bristol BS98 1TL.
Remember to include your name, address, phone number and TV Licence number (if you have one).
  • You should get a new TV licence within ten working days of receipt of your application.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • National identity card
  • Residence permit or residence card
  • Driving licence
  • Passport



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

  • If you have queries about free licences or concessions contact
TV Licensing 0300 790 6131,
Minicom 0300 790 6050.
  • Office hours are 8.30 am to 9.00 pm Monday to Friday, Saturdays 8.30 to 5.00 pm.



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Eligibility[edit]

Everyone aged 75 or over can get a free TV licence for their main home.



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Instructions[edit]

  • If you're 75 or over you're entitled to a free television licence.
  • You can also get TV licence concessions if you're registered blind. Or
  • If you live in nursing or residential care or in sheltered accommodation (subject to certain conditions).
  • The licence also covers other household members living at the address.
  • If you're 74 you can apply for a short term licence that'll be valid until the end of the month before your 75th birthday.
  • If you have queries about free licences or concessions contact TV Licensing 0300 790 6131, minicom 0300 790 6050. Office hours are 8.30 am to 9.00 pm Monday to Friday, Saturdays 8.30 to 5.00 pm.
Concessions for people in residential care
  • If you live in residential care, you may be entitled to an ARC (Accommodation for Residential Care) concessionary licence of 5 a year.
  • Not all residential homes have an ARC licence and you must be retired and over 60 or disabled to qualify for an ARC licence. Applications for the licence should be made by your housing manager on your behalf.
  • If you have a full ARC licence and move into accommodation eligible for an ARC licence, you can claim a refund for outstanding months. The administrator of your accommodation should write to TV Licensing to apply for you.
Concessions for blind people
  • If you or someone you live with is registered blind, you can get 50 per cent off the cost of your TV Licence.
  • If the person registered blind is not the current licence holder for your address, you'll need to transfer the licence into their name.
  • To do this, call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6131, minicom 0300 790 6050.
What to do if your circumstances change
  • If you move home, tell TV Licensing so your licence can be transferred to your new address.
  • You can update your details on the TV Licensing website.
  • Or call TV Licensing 0300 790 6131, minicom 0300 790 6050.



Required Information[edit]

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance
  • Nationality
  • Contact address
  • Telephone number



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If you're 75 or over you're entitled to a free television licence. You can apply for free TV licence by following the below instruction and procedure.



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External Links[edit]

  • Directgov - Free TV licences
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Pensionsandretirementplanning/Benefits/ConcessionsAndOtherHelp/DG_10018651
  • Television licence discount - if you're registered blind or living in residential care (disabled people section)
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/Everydaylifeandaccess/LeisureAtHome/DG_4019003
  • TV Licensing
http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/index.aspx?WT.mc_id=r050
  • TV licence for people over 75 in Jersey
http://www.gov.je/Benefits/PensionsRetirement/Pages/TVLicencesOver75.aspx
  • Change your address on the TV Licensing website
https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/update/index.aspx?WT.mc_id=r034
  • FAQs - Over 75 and short term TV licences
http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/?WT.mc_id=r036



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