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.

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 live with someone who is blind

If you or someone you live with is blind (severely sight impaired), regardless of their age, you can apply for a blind concession.

If you already have a TV Licence, but it isn't in the name of the person who is blind, you’ll need to transfer the licence into their name. You can do this by making a first time blind application. You’ll just need to enter the existing TV Licence number for your address when you apply. If the blind (severely sight impaired) person is under 18, a different process will apply.

If you're partially sighted (sight impaired)

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

How to apply for a blind concession

If you already have a blind licence please sign in to renew it.

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
Darlington
DL98 1TL

Please include either your licence renewal notice or TV Licence number if you have a current TV Licence. Don’t know your licence number?

You don’t need a blind TV Licence

Provided that your digital box is only used to produce sounds and can’t display TV programmes you don’t need a TV Licence.

If you already have a licence please cancel it first.
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 request a refund 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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