My father is over 75 years old, does he still need a TV Licence?
This question is often presented to staff in our Consumer Advice Centre.
It is based upon the scenario of someone who is aged 75 or over, considering whether or not they need a TV Licence.
Anyone watching or recording TV as it is being broadcast needs a TV Licence. However, anyone aged 75 or over is entitled to a free TV Licence.
Your father will need to apply for it by providing TV Licensing with his date of birth and national insurance number. Once these details are verified, the free licence will continue to be renewed automatically and he won`t need to apply for a new one when it expires.
If your father does not have a national insurance number, contact TV Licensing on 0300 790 6073 to arrange another proof of date of birth.
If your father has already bought a licence for the year he can claim a refund for the months since he reached the age of 75. Also, anyone aged 74 can buy a cheaper short term licence to last them until they turn 75 and get a free licence.