TV Licensing payment card

A TV Licensing payment card gives you the flexibility to pay for a licence weekly and fortnightly, or monthly, from about £6. Once it is set up you can pay online, on your mobile via the TVL Pay app, with a phone call, by text message or in person at any PayPoint outlet. See below to find out how.

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. We’ll ask you whether you want to pay weekly and fortnightly, or monthly

Whichever you choose, your licence will cost the same.

Pay weekly and fortnightly

You pay for your first licence in 26 payments, one each week. Once you’ve paid all 26 payments, you will pay fortnightly instead.

Pay monthly

You usually pay for your first licence in six months. Once your renewal date is six months away, you will 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 what you need to pay, and when you need to pay it. 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. Find out about all the ways you can pay below.

3. When will I receive my payment card?

You should receive your payment card within a few days, and no longer than 10 days after your initial 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.

Members of the cash payment plan receive their TV Licence in the form of a letter. You'll receive a letter which will be clearly marked at the top with 'TV Licence - Do not Destroy'.

4. Sign up for our free text reminder service

This is optional, but very handy, as we can text you to remind you when you need to make a payment. To set this up, please call 0300 555 0286*.

How to pay


You can make a payment online with your debit or credit card. You can also view your last 10 payments, and make any payments you have missed 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.
With a phone call

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 without further instruction from you.

By text message

If you’ve paid by debit or credit card before, you can pay by text and your card securely stored and encrypted. Here’s how it works.

Text PAY followed by the customer number on your card and the amount you want to pay to 64488. For example: PAY 123456789 6.00

To opt out, text STOP 123456789 to 64488.

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

If you haven’t paid by debit or credit card before, please call 0300 555 0286* to set up text payments.

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

There are around 29,000 UK PayPoints and you can make payments by debit card or cash. You’ll need your payment card with you. To check disabled access at any PayPoint, 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

*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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