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Important information about over 75 TV Licences

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Current free over 75 TV Licences extended until 31 July 2020

In March this year, the BBC, with the Government's agreement, decided to delay the changes to over 75s licence fees until 31 July 2020 due to the impact of coronavirus.

If you are aged 75 or over and hold a free TV Licence which expires on 31 May 2020, your licence will last a further two months until 31 July 2020. This will happen automatically.

You do not need to contact TV Licensing about this or take any further action.

If you are currently aged 74 and you turn 75 between 1 June and 31 July 2020, you can apply for a free TV Licence which will expire on 31 July 2020.

The BBC Board will continue to keep this matter under review, in light of the developing situation.

Read the full general notice (PDF 115 kb opens in a new window)

Free TV Licences, funded by the Government, for all over 75s will come to an end in July 2020. From 1 August 2020, there will be a new scheme.

Under the new scheme, anyone aged 75 or over receiving Pension Credit will be eligible to apply for a free TV Licence, paid for by the BBC. Pension Credit can be in the name of the licence holder, or in their partner’s name if they are a couple living at the same address.

If Pension Credit is not received – either in the licence holder’s name or their partner’s name if they are a couple – the TV Licence will need to be paid for.

Your next TV Licence

If you already have a free over 75 licence you will be covered until 31 July 2020. You don’t need to do anything just yet. We will be writing to all free over 75 licence holders to let you know how you may be affected and what you will need to do next.

If you are receiving Pension Credit you can apply for your free licence now, but there is plenty of time so please don’t feel you need to apply straightaway if you are worried about leaving your home to post your application to us.

If you have already applied for your new licence and sent us information about your Pension Credit, we are processing your application and we will be in touch.

Sign in to apply for a free licence (if receiving Pension Credit)

What to do if you can’t sign in

Any other questions?

I currently have a free over 75 TV Licence and I receive Pension Credit. What do I need to do?

If you’re receiving Pension Credit in your name – or in your partner’s name if you are a couple living at the same address – you can now apply for your free licence by signing in with your licence number and downloading the application form.

We’re also sending an application form through the post to all over 75 TV Licence holders.

Do I need to receive both Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit to apply?

No, you can apply if you receive either Guarantee or Savings Credit (or both).

What evidence can I send to prove I receive Pension Credit?

You’ll need to send us a photocopy of a document as proof you or your partner is receiving Pension Credit. This could be a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions or The Pension Service. Or, in Northern Ireland, the Department for Communities or the Northern Ireland Pension Centre.

The letter should provide details about your Pension Credit award. We don’t need to see the amount you’re receiving, just that Pension Credit is being received at your address. This means you would only need to send us the first page of the letter.

You can also send in a copy of your bank statement, showing your Pension Credit payment into your account. Or if you have a Warm Home Discount letter, we can also accept this as proof your receiving the payment.

All evidence should be dated within the last 12 months.

If there’s any problem with the evidence sent to us, we’ll write to you and let you know what do next. We may also call you if you have given us your phone number.

I currently have a free over 75 TV Licence but I don’t receive Pension Credit. What do I need to do?

If you are not receiving Pension Credit in your name – or in your partner’s name if you are a couple living at the same address – there’s nothing you need to do now. You will stay licensed until 31 July 2020. We’ll write to you to explain how you can pay for your next licence. You don’t need to take any action, or contact us, in the meantime.

If you think you may be eligible to receive Pension Credit, and therefore qualify for a free over 75 licence after 1 August 2020, you can find out more at: www.gov.uk/pension-credit or by calling 0800 99 1234 (opening hours 9:30am-3:30pm). If you live in Northern Ireland, please visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/pension-credit or call 0808 100 6165.

I deal with the TV Licence on behalf of someone who is over 75 – what do I need to do?

If the licence holder already has a free over 75 licence and they are receiving Pension Credit in their name – or in their partner’s name if they are a couple living at the same address – they will continue to be eligible for a free licence.

We’re sending an application form through the post to all over 75 TV Licence holders, or they can apply for a free licence by signing in to download an application form that already has some of their details filled out.

If neither the licence holder nor their partner is receiving Pension Credit and they are unlikely to qualify for it, there’s nothing you need to do now. They will remain licensed until 31 July 2020. We’ll write to them to explain how they can pay for their next licence. You don’t need to contact us in the meantime.

If you think they may be eligible for Pension Credit but they currently don’t receive it, you can find out more at: www.gov.uk/pension-credit or by calling 0800 99 1234 (opening hours 9:30am-3:30pm). If you live in Northern Ireland, please visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/pension-credit or call 0808 100 6165.

If you would like correspondence to be sent to a different address, please let us know.

I live in the Channel Islands/Isle of Man – will any change to free over 75 TV Licences affect me?

In the coming months the BBC will be consulting about arrangements for TV Licences for older people in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

No decisions have been made yet and TV Licensing will contact customers in good time if any changes are planned.

I’m 75, can I still apply for a free over 75 TV Licence?

Yes. If you’re aged 75 or older, you can still apply for a free over 75 TV Licence. The licence will last until 31 July 2020. We will write to you to explain what you will need to do.

From 1 August 2020, if you are 75 or over and receiving Pension Credit in your name – or in your partner’s name if you are a couple living at the same address – you will still be eligible to apply for a free TV Licence. Please complete a free licence application form and return it to TV Licensing, PO Box 578, Darlington DL98 1AN.

Free licence application form (PDF - 410 Kb opens in a new window)

If you think you may be eligible for Pension Credit but you currently don’t receive it, you can find out more at: www.gov.uk/pension-credit or by calling 0800 99 1234 (opening hours 9:30am-3:30pm). If you live in Northern Ireland, please visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/pension-credit or call 0808 100 6165.

I’m 74 and my 75th birthday is BEFORE 1 August 2020. Can I still apply for a free over 75 TV Licence?

Yes, you can apply for a free over 75 TV Licence. You will get a short-term licence to cover you until your 75th birthday. You’ll then receive a free over 75 licence to cover you until 31 July 2020.

From 1 August 2020:

If you are 75 or over and receiving Pension Credit, you’ll be eligible to apply for a free TV Licence, paid for by the BBC. You need to be receiving Pension Credit in your name, or in your partner’s name if you are a couple living at the same address.

If you are 75 or over and not receiving Pension Credit in your name – or in your partner’s name if you are a couple – you will need to pay for your next TV Licence.

If you think you may be eligible for Pension Credit but you currently don’t receive it, you can find out more at: www.gov.uk/pension-credit or by calling 0800 99 1234 (opening hours 9:30am-3:30pm). If you live in Northern Ireland, please visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/pension-credit or call 0808 100 6165.

We will write to you to explain what you will need to do next.

I’m 74 and my 75th birthday is AFTER 31 July 2020. Can I still apply for a free over 75 TV Licence?

From 1 August 2020, if you are 75 or over and you receive Pension Credit in your name – or in your partner’s name if you are a couple living at the same address - you will be eligible to apply for a free TV Licence. Please complete the free licence application form and return it to TV Licensing, PO Box 578, Darlington DL98 1AN

Free licence application form (PDF - 410 Kb opens in a new window)

If you turn 75 on or after 1 August 2020 and you don’t receive Pension Credit, we will not be able to issue you a free licence under the new policy. Therefore, we recommend that you continue paying for the licence you currently have, rather than apply for a short-term licence.

If you think you may be eligible for Pension Credit but you currently don’t receive it, you can find out more at: www.gov.uk/pension-credit or by calling 0800 99 1234 (opening hours 9:30am-3:30pm). If you live in Northern Ireland, please visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/pension-credit or call 0808 100 6165.

Have you received my application form and evidence?

Due to the number of applications we’ve received, it may take a few weeks to process your application. If there are any problems we’ll write to let you know, otherwise you’ll receive a copy of your licence in July 2020. We may also call you if you have given us your phone number.

Trouble signing in to your licence?

To sign in to your licence, you will need your licence number, the name on the licence and postcode of the licensed address.

If you’re still unable to sign in to download a free licence application form, please complete the form below and return it to TV Licensing, PO Box 578, Darlington DL98 1AN.

Free licence application form (PDF - 410 Kb opens in a new window)

To find out why the BBC is making this change, please visit bbc.co.uk/age

We will update this page when further information becomes available.

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