TV Licensing payment card

A TV Licensing payment card gives you the flexibility to pay for a licence weekly and fortnightly, or monthly, from around £6. Once set up you can pay online, via the TVL Pay app, by phone, by text message or in person at any PayPoint store.

How to apply (new customers)

If you don’t already have a TV Licensing payment card, apply by calling 0300 555 0286*.

It’s free to apply, and there’s no charge for using it.

How it works

1. You can choose how often to pay

Pay weekly and fortnightly

You'll pay for your first licence in 26 payments, one each week. After that you'll switch to fortnightly payments instead.

Pay monthly

You'll pay for your first licence in six months. After that you’ll have 12 months to pay for your next licence, so the payments will be smaller.

2. We’ll send you a payment plan

This tells you when and how much you will need to pay.

You can also view your last 10 payments online or make a payment you’ve missed by debit or credit card when you sign in to view your licence.

3. When will I receive my payment card?

You should receive your payment card within 10 days after your application or request for a replacement card. If you haven’t received it after this time, please call 0300 303 8617* and let us know your:

  • licence number or customer number;
  • last name;
  • postcode.

You will receive your TV Licence in the post.

4. Sign up for our free text reminder service

Once you have signed up to a TV Licensing payment card, we can send you handy text reminders to make sure you don't miss a payment. Please refer to your Welcome pack on how to set this up.

How to pay (existing customers)


You can make a payment online with your debit or credit card. You can also view your last 10 payments and make any missed payments when you sign in to view your licence and payment history.

When making payments on www.tvlicensing.co.uk or via our automated phone service your card details are not stored.

Via our mobile app
  1. Download the TVL Pay app for free on your mobile from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Register or pay as a guest with your TV Licensing payment card
  3. Make a payment towards your TV Licence using your debit or credit card.
  4. Choose to receive your payment confirmations by text message or email.
By phone

Please call our 24/7 payment line on 0300 555 0298*.

When you make a payment in the call centre, your debit or credit card details will be stored on our secure system until your card expires. We will not process any payments unless you ask us to.

By text message

Call 0300 555 0300* to make a first payment and register a debit or credit card.

Next time, text PAY, your customer number and the amount to 64488 – e.g. PAY 555444231 5.60 – and we’ll take the money from your card.

To make future payments quicker, we will store your card details until it expires.

We’ll never ask you for your full debit or credit card details by text.

All texts are charged at your standard rate set by your mobile phone provider, and none of this money goes to TV Licensing.

In person at any PayPoint store

There are around 28,000 UK PayPoint stores where you can make payments by debit card or cash. You’ll need your payment card with you. To check disabled access, please call 0800 310 0000. PayPoint is not available in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man, but you can pay at your local post office.

Find your nearest PayPoint store

*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.

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

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