You're moving address

When you move home your TV Licence doesn’t automatically move with you. You need to transfer your licence to your new address. You can do this online up to three months before you move.

Not moving in straight away? Tell us your new address is unoccupied.

In some situations you’ll need to cancel your licence or apply for a different type of licence when you move. Find out what you need to do below.

I’ve moved in with someone who already has a licence
  • Are you covered by their licence? If the other person is your spouse, partner, family member or joint tenancy or joint mortgage holder, you will normally be covered by their licence. You can cancel your licence using our contact us form (go to Step 3 of the form).
  • Tenant or lodger? If you’re going to be a tenant or lodger at the new address, you’ll usually still need your own licence. However, if you are covered by someone else’s licence, you can cancel yours using our contact us form (go to Step 3 of the form). If you do, please tell us what your relationship is with the licence holder.
  • Applying for a refund? If you’re sure you don’t need your own licence anymore, and you have any complete quarters (three consecutive months) left on it, you can apply for a refund online. When you apply, please tell us why you’re cancelling it and the date you won’t need your licence from. You can apply up to 14 days before you no longer need the licence.

Find out more about cancelling a TV Licence.

I want to transfer my licence to someone else
  • You can give us written permission to transfer your licence to someone at your old address. Please write to us at:

    TV Licensing, Darlington DL98 1TL.

I’ve moved abroad
  • If you no longer live in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, and you don't need the licence again before it expires, you could be entitled to a refund. Refunds are given on any complete quarters (three consecutive months) left on your licence. You can apply for a refund online.
  • To cancel your licence without claiming a refund, complete our contact us form (go to Step 3 of the form).

Find out more about cancelling a TV Licence.

I won’t be watching or recording TV at my new address
  • If you won’t be watching or recording programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service at your new address, please tell us you don’t need a licence. That includes using a TV, computer, tablet, mobile phone, games console, digital box, DVD/VHS recorder or any other device.
  • Once you tell us, we won’t send any letters to you for nearly two years, unless we believe your circumstances have changed.
  • If you have any complete quarters (three consecutive months) left on your licence, you can apply for a refund.
I’m moving to university

Wherever you’re watching or recording programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, you’ll need to be covered by a licence – whether that’s on a TV, laptop, tablet, mobile phone or anything else. You may not be covered by your parents’ TV Licence.

Find out more on our Students page.

I have a second home

If you watch or record programmes as they're being shown on TV or live on an online TV service in your second home, you’ll probably need to be covered by a separate TV Licence.

Find out more on our Second Home page.

I’m moving to a care home

If you watch or record programmes as they're being shown on TV or live on an online TV service in your room, flat or bungalow, you'll need to be covered by a TV Licence. Many care homes have a special type of licence that will cover you – ask the manager if they have one.

If not, you’ll need your own licence. If you are blind and can provide us with the appropriate evidence, you may qualify for a 50% concession. And if you are 75 years old or over you can apply for a free licence. Different conditions apply if you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

Find out more on our Care Home page.

I’m in the Armed Forces

In Ministry of Defence accommodation you need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, no matter what device you use.

Find out more on our Armed Forces page.

I’ve received a letter for a previous occupier

You can tell us you’ve received a letter for a previous occupier by using our contact us form (go to Step 3 of the form). Just give us the name and address on the envelope, but please don’t open it. Once we have these details we will update our records.