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L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Free TV licences for people 75 or over

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.

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

TV Licensing
Darlington
DL98 1TL

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. 

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