Your TV licence

If you intend having a television in your home you are responsible for buying a relevant TV licence.

If you already have a TV licence, you will need to advise them of your change of address by going to, or visit your local Post Office. You could face a large fine if you do not get a licence!

Paying for your TV licence

A standard color TV licence costs £145.50.This covers you to watch programmes as they're being shown on TV or live on an online TV service. Everyone budgets differently, so there is a number of ways in which you can pay quickly and easily, in a way that suits you.

Yearly: You can set up an annual direct debit and automatically renew your TV licence every year. If you prefer you can choose to pay by card each year.

Quarterly: If you would like to spread the cost over four payments every year, you can set up a direct debit and your licence will be renewed annually. Because you are paying for your licence as you use it, each quarterly payment includes a £1.25 premium.

Monthly: Setting up a monthly direct debit is the most popular option. You’ll usually pay for your first year’s TV Licence within the first six months at around £24 a month. You’ll then pay for your next license in twelve monthly installments of just over £12.

Weekly: You can spread the cost with small amounts weekly.You will pay for your first licence over 26 weeks, then you can move to fortnightly payments. You can pay online, at PayPoint outlets, by phone and by text message, whichever is most convenient for you.

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