TV Licence fee reduction

Find out how you could reduce the amount you pay for your TV Licence fee.

50 per cent reduction on your TV Licence fee if you are registered blind

If you are registered blind (severely sight impaired) then you are entitled to a “blind concession TV Licence” which gives you 50 per cent off the cost of your TV Licence. Unfortunately you are not entitled to this if you are registered as partially sighted (sight impaired).

The blind concession TV Licence covers anyone who lives with you, as long as the licence is in your name. If your licence is in someone else’s name then you can change this and then claim the reduction.

How to apply for your blind concession TV Licence

You'll need to complete an application form and provide proof of your registration status to claim the blind concession TV Licence. You can fill in the application form online, print the form and then send it with proof of your registration status and payment to:

Blind Concession Group
TV Licensing
Darlington
DL98 1TL

To prove you are registered (certified) as severely sight impaired, you must send a copy of one of the following two documents:

  • the certificate from your eye specialist (ophthalmologist) that states that you are eligible to be certified as severely sight impaired. In England and Wales this is called a CVI (Certificate of Vision Impairment), in Scotland it’s called a BP1, and in Northern Ireland it’s called an A655.
  • a certificate or other document issued by, or on behalf of your local authority that shows you are registered as severely sight impaired with them.

Please don’t send your original documents as TV Licensing only need to see a copy and there is always the risk that you could lose your original document in the post.

With the 50 per cent reduction, the cost of a colour TV Licence is £72.75. For a black and white TV Licence the cost is £24.50.

If you have any difficulties with your application or would like more information then call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6131.

Free TV Licence if you are aged 75 or over

Whether you are sighted or not, if you are aged 75 or over then you are entitled to a free TV licence for your household.

To claim this, call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6161 with your National Insurance Number. If you don’t know your National Insurance Number then you will have to send in a copy of one of the following that proves your age:

  • your passport
  • your UK driving licence
  • your UK birth certificate
  • your national identity card.

If you’re name is not on the TV Licence for your household then you can ask TV Licensing to transfer it to your name when you claim your free licence.

Sound only receivers

You do not require a TV licence if you use a digital set-top box solely to listen to television programmes through a hi-fi or stereo system. The set top box must be incapable of recording and must not be connected to a device capable of showing images.