Direct Debit is our most popular payment option. For millions of customers, it’s the most convenient way to pay, as your licence is automatically renewed each year.
You’ll usually pay for your first licence over six months, at around £25.75 a month. If we have to spread the cost across less than six months, each payment may be slightly higher. After this, you pay for your next licence in 12 monthly instalments of around £12.87 – six payments before your licence is due to be renewed, and six after.
You’ll pay instalments of around £39.87 every three months.
Unlike other payment methods, with quarterly payments you don’t pay for any of your licence upfront. As a result, each quarterly payment includes a £1.25 charge.
Colour and black and white licences
You’ll make a single payment of £154.50 every 12 months for a colour licence, or £52 for a black and white licence.
We can only let you know your exact payment dates and amounts once you have started setting up your Direct Debit.
Already have a Direct Debit set up? Sign in to see your licence and payment plan details, or make up a missed payment.
You’ll need your bank or building society account details. You can make your first payment using a debit or credit card, or we can add it to your Direct Debit payments.
If you pay for your licence with a TV Licensing payment or savings card and want to switch to Direct Debit, find out how to change your payment method. You’ll need your current TV Licence number to hand.
You can also pay for someone else’s TV Licence. You’ll need your own bank or building society account details, and the name and address of the person you’re paying for. Please also have a debit or credit card handy for the first payment. You can make the first payment using a debit or credit card, or we can add it to your Direct Debit payments.
You’ll need your business bank account details, as well as the address that you need the licence to cover. If your business account has a sole signatory, you can set up a Direct Debit online. Simply select Direct Debit as your payment method once you’ve filled in your licence details. If the account has more than one signatory, you’ll need to apply by post. Download a PDF form at the bottom of this page.
If you already have a Direct Debit set up, you can amend the details at any time.
Please update your details online – it’s the quickest way to change the bank account or the date your TV Licence payment comes out of your account.
To switch to making annual, monthly or quarterly payments, please contact us.
To make any changes to your Direct Debit, you’ll need your TV Licence number, last name, postcode, and the bank details we hold for you (sort code and account number).
If you need to post us your Direct Debit instruction instead of applying online, please print and complete the form below and post it to:
If you pay by Direct Debit, your payments are protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee.