Who is eligible for a free television licence
You are likely to qualify for a free TV licence if:
you’re 75 or over
your income is below:
- £16,070 for a single person or
- £26,170 for a couple
you live in a house or a flat
If you’re under 75 but permanently live with someone who qualifies, you can claim a free TV licence on their behalf.
When to apply
You can apply when your TV licence comes up for renewal, after your 75th birthday.
Part payments are not possible under the scheme. This means if you turn 75 six months before your licence is up for renewal, we can’t cover these six months. We can only cover you from when your licence is up for renewal.
How to apply
You can get an application form by:
collecting one from either the main reception or the Pension Zone at Social Security
calling us and we’ll send you one in the post
downloading the form below
Complete the form and return it to us along with one of the following:
your ‘notice of renewal’ for a TV licence
your actual TV licence
your stamped receipt confirming that the fee has been paid
If you don't receive an old age pension, we may ask to see your birth certificate. We can only accept original certificates or certified copies, confirming an approved authority has seen the original document.
If you can't complete the application form yourself, you can ask somebody to complete it for you.
How your TV licence is paid
We can pay your television licence in the following ways:
if you've already paid the licence, we can pay you directly into your bank account
if you haven't yet paid your licence, we can pay the BBC directly (they will send your renewed or new licence to you)
If you've purchased TV licence savings stamps
If you've already saved up to cover future costs of your licence on a television licence savings stamp card, you should:
write to the TV Licensing Authority to ask for a refund
send your card by special delivery to the TV Licensing Authority and they will send you payment worth the same amount as the stamps you have collected
You can't exchange your stamped card for cash at a local post office branch.
TV Licensing Authority address
Appealing a decision
If your application for a free television licence has been rejected and you want to appeal, contact us and we’ll advise you on the appeal process.
Email Social Security
Call us on +44 (0) 1534 445505.