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Free TV licences

If you're 75 or over you are entitled to a free television licence. You can also get TV licence concessions if you're registered blind or (under certain conditions) if you live in nursing or residential care or in sheltered accommodation.

Who is eligible?

Everyone aged 75 or over can get a free TV licence for their main home. The licence also covers other household members living at the address. If you are 74 you can apply for a short term licence that will be valid until the end of the month before your 75th birthday.

Concessions for people in residential care

If you live in residential care, you may be entitled to an ARC (Accommodation for Residential Care) concessionary licence of £7.50 per year. Not all residential homes have an ARC licence and you must be retired and over 60 or have a disability to qualify for an ARC licence. Applications for the licence should be made by your housing manager on your behalf.

If you have a full licence and move into accommodation eligible for an ARC licence, you can join the ARC scheme and claim a refund for the remaining months. The administrator of your accommodation should write to TV Licensing to apply for you.

Concessions for blind people

If you or someone you live with is registered blind, you can get 50 per cent off the cost of your TV Licence. If the person registered blind is not the current licence holder for your address, you'll need to transfer the licence into their name. To do this, call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6131, minicom 0300 790 6050.

To apply for the blind concession, you'll need to send TV Licensing your name, address, telephone number, TV Licence number and the following:

  • a photocopy of the blind registration certificate from your health and social care trust or ophthalmologist
  • your licence renewal notice - if you have one
  • payment by cheque or postal order of the half-price TV licence fee

Post your application to:

TV Licensing
Blind Concession Group
Bristol
BS98 1TL

Remember to include your name, address, phone number and TV Licence number  - if you have one. You should get a new TV licence within 10 working days of receipt of your application.

How to apply

If you're 75 or over you can apply for the free Over 75 TV Licence by phone.

Call TV Licensing 0300 790 6131, minicom 0300 709 6050 (from 8.30 am to 9.00 pm Monday to Friday, Saturdays from 8.30 to 5.00 pm).

You'll be asked to give your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number.

If you're 74, you can apply for the Short Term Licence by also calling TV Licensing 0300 790 6131, minicom 0300 790 6050.

You'll need to give your current TV Licence number along with your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number.

ARC Concessionary Licence

You can ask the administrator at your eligible residential care home to apply for an ARC licence on your behalf. Alternatively contact TV Licensing on 0300 790 6011.

If your circumstances change - what to do?

If you move home, tell TV Licensing so your licence can be transferred to your new address.

You can update your details on the TV Licensing website.

Or call TV Licensing 0300 790 6131, minicom 0300 790 6050.

What else you need to know

If you have queries about free licences or concessions contact TV Licensing 0300 790 6131, minicom 0300 790 6050. Office hours are 8.30 am to 9.00 pm Monday to Friday, Saturdays 8.30 to 5.00 pm.

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