Applying for an over 75 TV Licence at 74

It will make things simpler if you apply for an over 75 TV Licence after your 74th birthday.

As a 74-year old, you can get a short-term TV Licence to cover you until your 75th birthday. This lets you pay only for the months you have left until you turn 75.

Here's how it works

  • Your current TV Licence is likely to expire some time after your 74th birthday.
  • So, when your current licence expires, there will be less than 12 months until your 75th birthday.
  • That means you don’t need a TV Licence for another 12 months.
  • So, you need a short-term licence to cover you until your 75th birthday. From then on, you will have a free over 75 TV Licence.

If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man, separate conditions may apply.

For more information, see our FAQ section. If you pay using a payment card, please call 0300 555 0286* so we can tell you what to do next.

If you paid for your existing TV Licence in one annual payment, please only apply for your free over 75 TV Licence in the month that your existing licence expires.

Please don’t cancel your Direct Debit.

Once we’ve sent you confirmation of your over 75 TV Licence, we’ll cancel your Direct Debit for you.

What you need to apply for a free over 75 TV Licence

Please have the following details ready:

  • Your date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Current TV Licence number

Where to find your National Insurance number?

Where to find your TV Licence number?

Your over 75 application guide in PDF format (44 Kb opens in a new window)


Who can apply

You can apply for a free over 75 TV Licence if you:

  • are the current licence holder,
  • want to transfer the licence into your name,
  • want to apply on behalf of a friend or relative

If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man, separate conditions may apply.

Move your licence to a new address.

Further information

What happens next

Please allow 28 days for us to process your application. We may need to contact you if we need any more information. During this time, we will:

  • Check that you are eligible.
  • Work out the reduced cost of your licence.
  • Send you a letter asking for payment.

We'll send you a revised payment plan detailing the remaining payments we will take from your bank or building society account up until your 75th birthday.

Then after you have turned 75, we'll cancel your Direct Debit and, if you have overpaid, we will refund any money that we owe you.

If you pay by payment card, please call us on 0300 555 0286* so we can tell you what you need to do next.

Please don’t change or cancel your current payment method. You still need to pay for your TV Licence until your 75th birthday.

Need a new licence?

If you would like to pay by credit or debit card, please call 0300 790 6117*. To pay by cheque or cash, please complete the online application form.

What happens after you've paid

You are covered until your 75th birthday. You will be issued with a receipt, which shows you are licensed. You can print and keep it for your records, if you like.

Near the time of your 75th birthday:

  • You’ll get your free over 75 TV Licence.
  • If you pay by Direct Debit, we’ll cancel your payments for you. If there is a delay and you overpay, don’t worry – we will refund you.
How to contact us

If you have any questions about applying for your free over 75 TV Licence, please call 0300 790 6117*. We’ll talk you through what you need to do, and you can pay over the phone by debit or credit card, if you like.

Before you call us, please have the following details ready:

  • Your date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Current TV Licence number

Where to find your National Insurance number?

Where to find your TV Licence number?

Frequently ask questions

I'm over 75 and pay for my TV Licence. Can I cancel and get a refund?

If I pay by Direct Debit, do I need to cancel it when I turn 74 or 75?

I'm over 74 but the licence at my home is in someone else's name. Can I apply for a free over 75 licence?

As the licence holder, can I transfer my licence to someone who is eligible for a free over 75 licence?

What if there is more than one person aged over 75 living at my address?

What do I do if a TV Licence holder is now deceased?

What do I need to do if an over 75 TV Licence holder dies?

Will my over 75 TV Licence cover people at my address younger than 75?

I’m moving into a care home. Do I need to cancel my over 75 licence?


If you still have questions take a look at TV Licensing FAQs where you can find all the answers in one place.

*Calls to our 0300 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number, whether from a mobile or landline. If you get inclusive minutes with your mobile, calls to an 0300 number will be included.

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