Free TV licence

Free TV licence

What is it?

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/severely sight impaired. Or if you live in nursing or residential care or in sheltered accommodation (subject to certain conditions).

Can I get it?

If you are aged 75 or over you qualify for a free TV licence for your main home. The licence also covers other household members living at the address.

If you are aged 74 you can apply for a short term licence that will be valid until the end of the month before your 75th birthday.

How do I claim?

If you're 75 years old or older, you are eligible to apply for a free Over 75 TV licence. Call 0300 790 6112 with your National Insurance number to hand or visit
If you're 74 years old, you can apply for a short-term TV licence to cover you until your 75th birthday. Call 0300 790 6112 to find out more.
If you are blind you are eligible to apply for a 50% blind concession on your TV licence. If you are partially sighted (sight impaired) you are not eligible. To apply, go to or post a photocopy of your document of blind registration or a certificate from your ophthalmologist with your licence number, phone number and cheque payment to TV Licensing, Blind Concession Group, Darlington DL98 1TL.

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