Blind/severely sight impaired

You can get a 50% reduction on the TV Licence fee if you’re blind/severely sight impaired. Your licence will also cover anyone who lives with you.

You need a TV Licence if you wish to watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV. This includes the use of devices such as a TV, computer, mobile phone, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.

Qualify for a 50% blind concession

Qualify for a 50% blind concession

If you’re registered blind or 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:

  • 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 or sight-impaired

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

If you live with someone who is blind or 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

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 or 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
Darlington
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

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

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 either blind or severely sight impaired when you bought the licence.