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

Firstly, don't worry. Anyone who was living at the address is covered until the licence expires.

If the licence holder was living alone

Please tell us the name, address, and licence number (don't know the licence number?) of the deceased person and we will cancel the free over 75 TV Licence.

There is no refund available because the licence is issued free of charge.

If another person was living with the licence holder as part of their household

The free over 75 TV Licence will continue to cover anybody who was living with the licence holder as part of their household until the licence expires.

Please tell us the name, address, and licence number (don't know the licence number?) of the deceased person along with the new licence holder's name.

If anyone else is living at the property we will need to send a reminder to the correct person when the over 75 licence expires.

If anyone else living at the property is 74 or over and receives Pension Credit, they could be entitled to apply for a free over 75 TV Licence.

Pension Credit can be in the name of the licence holder, or in their partner’s name if they’re a couple and live at the same address

If you or your partner don’t receive Pension Credit you’ll need to continue to pay for your licence.

More information about how to apply

If no one is living at the property you can contact us to tell us your property is empty and the date when you expect it to be occupied. We will cancel the free over 75 licence and will not send any letters for up to 6 months.

Who can contact us?

In some cases we will require this information from either

  • the executor; or
  • a member of the deceased licence holder's household.

If this applies to you we will let you know when you contact us.

Ways to contact us:

Please contact us

Call us on 0300 790 6117*

Write to us at TV Licensing, Darlington, DL98 1TL

*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, calls to an 0300 number will be included free of charge.

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