Blind (severely sight impaired)

If you are blind (severely sight impaired) and can provide the appropriate evidence, you are eligible to apply for a 50% concession. Your licence will also cover anyone who lives with you. If you are partially sighted (sight impaired) you are not eligible.

You need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel, or to download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand.

This applies to any device and provider you use, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/Blu-ray/VHS recorder.

Qualify for a 50% blind concession

If you’re blind (severely sight impaired)

A blind concession TV Licence costs £73.50 for colour and £24.75 for a black and white TV Licence.

Please provide us with a photocopy of ONE of these documents, to confirm that you’re certified as either blind or severely sight impaired:

  • A copy of the certificate or document issued by or on behalf of your local authority. In Northern Ireland this would be the Health and Social Service Trust. In the Isle of Man it would be the Department of Health and Social Security
  • A copy of the certificate from your ophthalmologist

You won’t need to provide this information again when you renew your TV Licence.

If you're partially sighted (sight impaired)

People who are partially sighted (sight impaired) do not qualify for a 50% blind concession.

If you live with someone who is blind (severely sight impaired)

You can also benefit from the blind concession TV Licence. You just need to transfer the licence to the name of the blind person. To do this please fill in the form online and provide the existing TV Licence number at the address. You’ll need to print the completed form.

How to apply for a blind concession

Complete the application form

Please fill in the form online. You’ll need to print the completed form.

Then post documents that prove you’re certified as blind (severely sight impaired)

Please send your completed form, cheque payment and a photocopy of your local authority document or ophthalmologist’s certificate to:


TV Licensing
Blind Concession Group
DL98 1TL

Please include either your licence renewal notice or TV Licence number if you have a current TV Licence.

You don’t need a TV Licence

If you have a digital box used to produce sounds only

Provided that it can't display TV programmes.

You may be entitled to a refund

If you've already paid the full fee for a TV Licence, but qualify for a blind concession

Please fill in the online refund form and we'll refund you the difference.

Please note that we can only offer refunds for TV Licences bought after 1 April 2000, when the blind concession was introduced. You’ll need proof that you were certified as blind (severely sight impaired) when you bought the licence.

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

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