How to get a free TV Licence if you’re aged 75 or over

You need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel, or to download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand. This applies to any device and provider you use.

If you are aged 75 or older you can get your TV Licence free

You can still get a free TV Licence if you live with people who are younger than you.

If you are aged 74 you can buy a short term licence.

This will cost less than a full licence. It will last until you are 75 when you get a free licence.

How to get your free or short term licence

First, find your National Insurance Number. If you do not have this we will ask you for another way to prove your age.

Next, apply now using our website or call 0300 790 6165*.

Short term licences are not available on Sark or Jersey.


*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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