The law is changing. From 1 September 2016 you'll need a TV Licence to watch or download BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer. Find out more
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 if you watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV or live on an online TV service. This is the case whether you use a TV, computer, tablet, mobile phone, games console, digital box, DVD/VHS recorder or any other device.
If you’re blind (severely sight impaired)
A blind concession TV Licence costs £72.75 for colour and £24.50 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:
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.
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
Please include either your licence renewal notice or TV Licence number if you have a current TV Licence.
If you have a digital box used to produce sounds only
Provided that it can't display TV programmes.
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.