Over 75 TV Licence

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Under the current, government funded scheme, you can get a free TV Licence after your 75th birthday. Please remember that you don’t automatically get an over 75 TV Licence on your 75th birthday. You have to apply for one.

The free over 75 TV Licence will cover you as well as anyone you live with up until 31 July 2020.

Applying for a free over 75 TV Licence to last until 31 July 2020.

If you’re already 75, or will turn 75 before 1 August 2020, you can apply for a free TV Licence to cover you up until 31 July 2020 here.

Your over 75 application guide in PDF format (38 Kb opens in a new window)


Applying if you are 74

Applying if you are 75

Applying if you're 74

If you turn 75 before 1 August 2020, you can apply for a free over 75 TV Licence, and you will get a short-term licence to cover you until your 75th birthday. This lets you pay for the months you have left until you turn 75. You’ll then receive a free over 75 licence to cover you until 31 July 2020.

If you turn 75 on or after 1 June 2020

Free TV Licences, funded by the Government, for all over 75s will come to an end in August 2020. Find out more.

 

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.

You need to be receiving Pension Credit in your name, or in your partner’s name if you are a couple. 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 – you will need to pay for your next TV Licence.

If you turn 75 on or after 1 August 2020 and you are not receiving 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 getting a short-term licence.

If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man, separate conditions may apply.

Please don’t cancel your Direct Debit or any other payments you make for your TV Licence.

Once we’ve sent you confirmation of your over 75 TV Licence, we’ll cancel your Direct Debit (if that’s the way you pay) and close your payment plan.

Applying now (if your birthday is before 1 August 2020).

To apply for a free over 75 TV Licence to cover you until 31 July 2020, please have the following details ready:

  • Your date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Current TV Licence number

Where to find your National Insurance number?

Where to find your TV Licence number?


Who can apply

You can apply for a free over 75 TV Licence if you:

  • are the current licence holder,
  • want to transfer the licence into your name,
  • want to apply on behalf of a friend or relative

If there is more than one person aged 75 living at your address, one licence covers your household, regardless of who lives there. So only one of you needs to apply.

If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man, separate conditions may apply.

Move your licence to a new address.

 
What happens next

Please allow 28 days for us to process your application. We may need to contact you if we need any more information. During this time, we will:

  • Check that you are eligible.
  • Work out the reduced cost of your licence.
  • Send you a letter asking for payment.

We'll send you a revised payment plan detailing the remaining payments you will need to make up until your 75th birthday. If you pay by Direct Debit we’ll take these from your bank or building society account.

If your 75th birthday is before 1 August 2020, once you’ve turned 75

  • If you pay by Direct Debit we'll cancel it for you
  • If you’re a payment card customer we’ll close your account
  • We’ll refund any money that we owe you.

Please don’t change or cancel your current payment method. You still need to pay for your TV Licence until your 75th birthday.

If your 75th birthday is after 31 July 2020

  • Receiving a free TV Licence when your short-term licence ends will depend on whether you are eligible under the new scheme. Find out more.
  • We will write to you before your short-term licence expires to explain what you will need to do next.

Need a new licence?

If you would like to pay by credit or debit card, please call 0300 790 6117*. To pay by cheque or cash, please complete the online application form.

What happens after you've paid

You are covered until your 75th birthday. You will be issued with a receipt, which shows you are licensed. You can print and keep it for your records, if you like.

If your 75th birthday is before 1 August 2020

  • Near the time of your 75th birthday, you’ll get a free over 75 TV Licence. This licence will cover you until 31 July 2020.
  • We will write to you before your free over 75 TV Licence expires to explain what you will need to do next.

If your 75th birthday is after 31 July 2020

  • You can apply for a short-term licence to cover you until your 75th birthday. We will write to you in good time before your short-term licence expires, to explain how to apply for a free licence under the new policy.
  • If you are receiving Pension Credit we will write to you in good time before your short-term licence expires, to explain how to apply for a free over 75 TV Licence under the new policy.
  • If you are not receiving 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.
Help and how to contact us

If you have any questions about applying for your free over 75 TV Licence, please call 0300 790 6117*. We’ll talk you through what you need to do, and you can pay over the phone by debit or credit card, if you like.

Before you call us, please have the following details ready:

  • Your date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Current TV Licence number

Where to find your National Insurance number?

Where to find your TV Licence number

For more information, see our FAQ section.

Applying if you're 75

You don’t automatically get a free over 75 TV Licence when you turn 75 – you must apply for one.

If you pay for your current licence by Direct Debit, we’ll cancel it for you once we’ve processed your application. If there is a delay and you overpay, don’t worry – we will refund you.

Free TV Licences, funded by the Government, for all over 75s will come to an end in August 2020. Find out more.

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.

You need to be receiving Pension Credit in your name, or in your partner’s name if you are a couple. 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– you will need to pay for your next TV Licence.

If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man, separate conditions may apply.

Applying now, to cover you until 31 July 2020.

To apply for a free over 75 TV Licence to cover you until 31 July 2020, please have the following details ready:

  • Your date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Current TV Licence number

Where to find your National Insurance number

Where to find your TV Licence number

Your over 75 application guide in PDF format (38 Kb opens in a new window)


Who can apply

You can apply for a free over 75 TV Licence if you:

  • are the current licence holder,
  • want to transfer the licence into your name,
  • want to apply on behalf of a friend or relative.

If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man, separate conditions may apply.

Move your licence to a new address.

 
What happens next

Once you’ve applied for an over 75 TV Licence, please allow 28 days for your application to be processed. During this time, we’ll check that you are eligible. We may contact you if we need more information.

Frequently asked questions

I'm over 75 and pay for my TV Licence. Can I cancel and get a refund?

I'm over 74 but the licence at my home is in someone else's name. Can I apply for a free over 75 licence?

As the licence holder, can I transfer my licence to someone who is eligible for a free over 75 licence?

What do I do if a TV Licence holder is now deceased?

What do I need to do if an over 75 TV Licence holder dies?

Will my over 75 TV Licence cover people at my address younger than 75?

I’m moving into a care home. Do I need to cancel my over 75 licence?

What changes are being made to the free over 75 TV Licence?

Help and how to contact us

If you have any questions about applying for your free over 75 TV licence, please call 0300 790 6117*.

Before you call us, please have the following details ready:

  • Your date of birth
  • National Insurance Number. Where to find it
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Current TV Licence number.

Where to find your National Insurance number

Where to find your TV Licence number



If you still have questions take a look at TV Licensing FAQs where you can find all the answers in one place.

*Calls to our 0300 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number, whether from a mobile or landline. If you get inclusive minutes with your mobile, calls to an 0300 number will be included.

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