Get a free or discounted TV licence

You can get either:

  • a free TV licence if you’re 75 or over and you get Pension Credit
  • a discount if you’re blind or in residential care

If you’re 75 or over

You can get a free TV licence if you’re 75 or older and you either:

The licence covers everyone living at your address.

You can apply when you’re 74 if you already get Pension Credit. You’ll still need to pay for your licence until the end of the month before your 75th birthday. After that you’ll be covered by your free licence.

How to apply

You can apply for a free licence online.

You can also apply by phone.

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

If you’re in residential care

You can get a special licence for £7.50 if you live in an eligible residential care home.

You must be either:

  • retired and over 60
  • disabled

Your housing manager can apply for you.

If you’re registered blind

You can get a 50% discount if you’re registered blind or live with someone who is.

The licence must be in the blind person’s name - if it’s not, you can make a new application to transfer it into their name. You’ll need to provide your existing TV licence number when you apply.

Apply for a licence if you’re registered blind on the TV Licensing website.