Newcastle Vision Support

Getting a TV Licence


You need to be covered by a TV licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel, or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer. For more on this, please click the link TV license

This could be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder. If you do any of the above without a valid licence, you risk prosecution and a maximum penalty of up to £1,000, plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay. You will also still have to buy a TV Licence if you need one.


How can I buy a TV Licence?

There are lots of different ways to buy a TV licence . Whether that’s through weekly cash payments, using your nearest PayPoint outlet, spreading the cost with monthly, quarterly or yearly direct debit, credit/debit card or by post – just choose the one that suits you best.

For more information on the ways to pay, please click the link  ways to pay

Could I get a concession?

Are you, or is someone you live with:


  • Blind and can provide the appropriate evidence? You are eligible to apply for a 50% blind concession on your licence . If you are partially sighted (sight impaired) you are not eligible. To apply, go to  or post a photocopy of your document of blind registration or a certificate from your ophthalmologist with your licence number, phone number and cheque payment to TV Licensing, Blind Concession Group, Darlington DL98 1TL. For more on blind concessions, please click the link blind concession
  • 75 years old or older? You are eligible to apply for a free Over 75 TV Licence  Call 0300 790 6112 with your National Insurance number to hand or click on the link Over 75
  • 74 years old? You can apply for a short-term TV Licence to cover you until your 75th birthday. Call 0300 790 6112 to find out more.


What if I don’t need a licence?

If you don't need  a TV Licence, we would ask you to let TV Licensing know so that they can update their details. They won’t then send you any letters for approximately two years. For more information , please click Not Licence