Get a free or discounted TV licence

You can get a free TV licence if you’re 75 or over and a discount if you’re blind or in residential care.

You can also get a short-term licence if you’re 74. It’s valid until the end of the month before your 75th birthday.

How to apply

You can apply for a free or short-term licence online.

You can also apply by phone.

TV Licensing
Telephone: 0300 790 6071
Minicom: 0300 709 6050
Find out about call charges

The licence covers everyone living at your address.

Discounted licences

You can get a special licence for £7.50 if you’re in residential care.

You must be either:

  • retired and over 60
  • disabled

Your housing manager can apply for you.

You can get a 50% discount if you’re registered blind or live with someone who is. The licence has to be in the blind person’s name - if it isn’t you can transfer it by calling TV Licensing.

To apply, send TV Licensing the following:

  • your name, address, phone number and TV licence number (if you have one)
  • a copy of your blind registration certificate
  • a cheque or postal order for the 50% fee (£75.25 for a colour licence)

Post these to:

TV Licensing
Blind Concession Group
BS98 1TL

Find out more about types of TV licences on the TV Licensing website.