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How to register for a TV Licence

What is a TV Licence?

A TV licence is compulsory the UK if you intend to watch live television. By law, you need to be covered by a TV Licence to:

  • watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on live TV, on any channel
  • watch or stream programmes live on an online TV service (such as ITV Hub, All 4, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, Sky Go, etc.)
  • download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer.

This applies to any device you use, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.

The flat licence fee for all households is currently £159 per year (subject to change – always check here: https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FAQ23)

How to apply for a TV Licence

You can apply on the TV Licensing website: https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/

To set up your TV licence, you will ned to provide the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your marital status
  • Your date of birth
  • Your full address in London
  • Your UK bank account details, or a UK debit/credit card to set up your payment (which may be monthly, quarterly or yearly).

Once you have completed your application, you can choose to receive your Licence confirmation by post, or electronically. This is all you have to do.

When can I apply for an exemption?

An exemption is possible in the following cases:

  • You don’t own a TV
  • You don’t watch live TV on any channel or service, or BBC programmes on iPlayer
  • Your property is empty

How to apply for an exemption

You can complete a No Licence Needed declaration : https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/telling-us-you-dont-need-a-tv-licence.

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