You need to be covered by a TV Licence to
This could be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.
A standard colour TV Licence costs £159. You can pay in one go or choose to spread the cost. This page also tells you about the different ways you can pay, licences for businesses, and whether you’re eligible for a concession.
Some links on this page go to pages in English. If you would prefer to talk to us, please call our Welsh Language Helpline on 0300 790 6042*.
In the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, you need to be covered by a TV Licence if you
This also applies to any device and provider you use, including:
You usually only need one TV Licence per address, even if you use lots of devices. Different conditions apply for homes without a joint tenancy agreement and businesses, where more than one licence may be needed. If you have a second home, you will need a separate licence for that address. Find out more by calling 0300 790 6042.
You are breaking the law if you watch or record live TV programmes on any channel or device, or download or watch BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer, without being covered by a licence. You risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 (the maximum fine in Guernsey is £2,000) plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay. In Scotland, the Procurator Fiscal will decide whether or not to prosecute.
You do not need a TV Licence for BBC iPlayer if you only watch S4C’s TV on demand or listen to the radio.
If you’ve moved home, or the details we have about you are wrong or have changed, please let us know your new address details.
If you never watch or record any live TV programmes on any channel or device, and never download or watch BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer, you don’t need a TV Licence. Please let us know that you don’t need a licence or call 0300 790 6042*. Different conditions apply for businesses.
If you tell us you don’t need a licence, we may visit you to confirm that a licence isn’t needed. These visits are necessary because, when we make contact, we find one in six people* who’ve told us they don’t need a licence actually do need one.
* As at March 2019
If you have a TV Licence but no longer watch or record any live TV programmes on any channel or device, and no longer download or watch BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer, you may be eligible for a refund. To find out more, please call us on 0300 790 6042*.
If you’d like a refund form in Welsh, you may download and print the PDF below to complete and return to us.
A colour TV Licence costs £159 a year. If you’re blind (severely sight impaired) or you are aged 74 or over, you could be entitled to a reduced fee or free licence.
You can pay for or renew your TV Licence online with a debit or credit card. Alternatively, you’ll find all the different ways you can pay for a licence below. If you’re renewing your TV Licence you’ll need your current licence number.
You can pay in one go or choose to spread the cost quarterly, monthly or weekly.
The easiest way to pay for your TV Licence is online, by Direct Debit or with a debit or credit card.
Ways to pay:
Spread the cost of your TV Licence monthly, quarterly or annually. We will take the payments for your licence automatically, so you never have to worry about missing a payment.
After your Direct Debit has been set up, your licence will be renewed automatically for you each year, so you’ll never risk being unlicensed.
If you move home, make sure you tell us so we can move your TV Licence to your new address.
Please note that if you decide to pay quarterly, there will be a £1.25 charge added to each payment.
Pay for your TV Licence by debit or credit card online, over the phone or with your debit card at a PayPoint (or post office in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man). Please ensure you have your details to hand when paying. If you’re renewing your TV Licence it will be helpful if you have your current licence number to hand.
You can spread the cost of your TV Licence from as little as £6 a week with a payment card. You can use it to pay online, by phone, by text message or at any PayPoint. If you’re renewing your TV Licence it will be helpful if you have your current licence number to hand.
To find out more and request your payment card, call 0300 555 0286*.
Where to pay:
You can pay for your TV Licence and manage your TV Licence on our website. You can also ask to receive your TV Licence and any other communications from us by email, but your email address can only contain letters and numbers from the English language.
If you have a debit or credit card – such as Maestro, Delta, Solo, Visa or MasterCard – you can pay for your TV Licence by calling 0300 790 6042*. Please make sure you have your card details to hand.
You can go to any PayPoint and buy a TV Licence with cash or a debit card. You will just need to give the shop assistant your name and address and pay the full fee of £159 by cash or debit card.
There are over 28,000 PayPoints across the UK, which you’ll find in convenience stores, newsagents, off-licences, supermarkets and petrol stations. Many are open long hours, seven days a week. You can find your local PayPoint here.
There aren’t any PayPoints in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. Instead you can pay at any post office.
You can send a cheque to TV Licensing, Darlington DL98 1TL. Please make the cheque payable to ‘TV Licensing’ for the full licence fee, and remember to write your name, address and postcode on the back of the cheque. Please do not send cash.
Blind (severely sight impaired)
If you are blind (severely sight impaired) and can provide the appropriate evidence, you are eligible to apply for a 50% concession.
If you are partially sighted (sight impaired) you are not eligible.
To apply, go online at tvlicensing.co.uk/blind or post a photocopy of your document of blind registration or a certificate from your ophthalmologist with your licence number, phone number and cheque payment to TV Licensing, Blind Concession Group, Darlington DL98 1TL.
Aged 74 or over
If you are aged 74 or over, you could be entitled to a short term or free licence.
Free over 75 TV Licences
From 1 August 2020, anyone aged 75 or over receiving Pension Credit is 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.
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 business premises need to be covered by a TV Licence if staff, customers or guests watch or record live TV programmes on any channel, or download or watch BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer. This applies to any device you’ve provided, as well as any devices of their own that are plugged into the mains.
If your business has just one premises, you may only need a single TV Licence. A licence costs £159 a year for each address and will cover all devices used at that address. The easiest way to pay for a single TV Licence is online with a debit or credit card, or by Direct Debit.
If you need to cover more than one address, the simplest way is with a Company Group TV Licence. There are no forms to fill in. You will only need to make one payment each year, and you will receive just one reminder which will be sent to a single address. To pay for a Company Group TV Licence, call us on 0300 790 6165* and we’ll be happy to help.
A TV Licence does not cover:
There are also different rules for hotels, hostels, mobile units and campsites.
Please note: if music is ever played on your premises for customers or staff – through radio, TV, computer or CD/DVD, for example – in most cases you will need to buy a music licence from PPLPRS. Go to www.pplprs.co.uk for more information.
You means the person named on the licence.
What is a TV Licence needed for?
To use and install TV receiving equipment at the licensed place. It covers:
This can be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder, or anything else.
The licence allows use and installation of TV receiving equipment:
This licence usually does not cover:
Black and white licences
Even if you have a black and white TV, you need a colour licence to record programmes. This is because DVD, VHS and digital box recorders record in colour. A black and white licence is only valid if you use a digital box that can’t record TV programmes.
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Please note: separate terms and conditions apply to the following types of TV Licence: hotel and mobile units TV Licence, ARC concessionary TV Licence and entertainment units TV Licence. If you have one of these, please refer to your licence for specific terms and conditions or contact us for information.
When you phone us or write to us, please give your TV Licence number if you have one. You can contact the TV Licensing Welsh team as follows:
The BBC TV Licensing Management Team is responsible for overseeing TV Licensing’s compliance with the Welsh Language Standards. Arrangements in place to oversee compliance include quarterly reporting on key Welsh language metrics (and information relating to the record keeping standards with which TV Licensing is required to comply) and a Welsh Language working group which meets regularly. The BBC also has oversight of all complaints relating to the TV Licensing Welsh Language service and Welsh Language Standards compliance.
As required under the standards, the BBC will submit a report each year to the Welsh Language Commissioner, which will also be published on this website (accessible from the main Welsh page (tvlicensing.co.uk/cymraeg). This will be published in September each year.
Complaints about TV Licensing’s Welsh language services, or about compliance with the Welsh Language Standards applicable to TV Licensing, will be dealt with under the normal TV Licensing complaints procedure. Whilst the process for such complaints is equivalent in most respects to the process for any complaint received by TV Licensing, some additional provisions are in place regarding Welsh Language complaints to ensure compliance with the Welsh Language Standards. These provisions are as follows:
All relevant staff receive training on the procedure for Welsh language complaints and this training is refreshed periodically. The procedure is also defined within work instructions. Regular checks are carried out to ensure the process is followed.
The Welsh language service provided by TV Licensing is governed by the Welsh Language Standards (No. 2) Regulations 2016. These Standards replace the previous TV Licensing Welsh Language Scheme and means that specific Welsh Language standards are applicable to TV Licensing.
Further information about these Standards, including an edited version of the compliance notice giving details of the standards which apply to TV Licensing, appear on the Welsh Language Standards page.
Further information about the standards relevant to TV Licensing (including an edited version of the compliance notice) is available on the TV Licensing website at tvlicensing.co.uk/safonaurgymraeg.
* 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. Calls from landlines are typically charged at up to 9p per minute and calls from mobiles typically cost between 8p and 40p per minute. If you get inclusive minutes with your mobile or landline, calls to an 0300 number will be included.