Aged 74 and over

If you are currently 74 and your licence is due for renewal, you should buy a short-term licence to cover you up to your 75th birthday. Please only apply online when you turn 74. Unfortunately, we cannot accept your application before then.

When you reach the age of 75, you may apply for a free over 75 TV Licence. We’ll send you this licence every three years, provided we have your National Insurance number.

A free over 75 TV Licence only covers your main home address. You’ll need to buy a separate TV Licence for any other properties. You can find more information on the Second homes page.

When you’re 75 or over

When you’re 75 or over

If you’re the current licence holder You’re eligible to apply for a free over 75 TV Licence. We’ll automatically refund any money you have over paid for each full month after your 75th birthday. You’ll receive your refund when your over 75 TV Licence is issued. If you don’t already have one, Apply for an over 75 TV Licence.
If you’re not the current licence holder Call us on 0300 790 6131 so that we can transfer the licence into your name and convert it into an over 75 Licence.
When you’re 74

When you’re 74

If your licence has expired You need to buy a short-term TV Licence to cover you up to your 75th birthday. Apply for a short-term TV Licence"
If you’ve already renewed your TV Licence You need to convert your licence to a short-term licence. We’ll automatically refund any money you have over paid for each full month after your 75th birthday. Apply for a short-term TV Licence
Separate conditions apply if you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man

Separate conditions apply if you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man

Isle of Man

If you are 75 before your current licence expires you can apply for a short term licence. To do this call 0300 790 6131 (or 0300 555 0286 if you pay for your licence using a TV Licensing payment card or savings card). We will then automatically issue you with a free over 75 licence when it becomes due.

If you are already over 75 and do not have a TV Licence or for all other over 75 licence queries, call us on 0300 790 6131.

Guernsey

If you are 75 before your current licence expires you can apply for a short term licence. To do this call 0300 790 6131 (or 0300 555 0286 if you pay for your licence using a TV Licensing payment card or savings card). We will then automatically issue you with a free over 75 licence when it becomes due.

If you are already over 75 and do not have a TV Licence or for all other over 75 licence queries, call us on 0300 790 6131.

If you are a resident of Guernsey and are 65 or over receiving state benefits you may also be eligible to claim a free TV Licence. Please call Guernsey Social Security Department on 01481 732 539.

Jersey You can apply for a free over 75 TV Licence if you’re aged 75 years or over and you’re on a low income. Please call the Jersey Social Security Department on 01534 445505.
Sark

There is no free over 75 TV Licence if you are over 75 or short term TV Licence if you are 74 years old.

Where to find your National Insurance number

Your National Insurance number can normally be found on your pension book or on your bank statement, if your pension is paid into your bank account. If you don’t have a National Insurance number, please provide a copy of one of the following as evidence of your age:

  • Passport
  • UK driving licence
  • UK birth certificate
  • National identity card

Supplying your National Insurance number will speed up your application process.