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TV licensing requirements

Did you know you can be fined up to £1,000 if you are caught watching TV without a licence?

TV licensing officerTV Licensing is working with local organisations in Peterborough to ensure that people are aware of the circumstances when they have a legal responsibility to have a TV Licence. Put simply, you need to be covered by a valid TV Licence to receive or record television programmes as they are being shown on TV. This is the case whether you are receiving the programmes via TV or any other device, such as a mobile phone or a PC.

TV Licensing understands that some people find it hard to pay the annual fee of £145.50 for a colour TV Licence or £49 for a black and white licence in one go. For this reason, there are a number of different ways to pay for a TV Licence, including a cash payment plan.

The TV Licensing Payment Card is designed to make buying a TV Licence easier for those who struggle to pay in one lump sum by allowing them to spread the cost into weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments.  It is open to everyone and customers can make payments by cash or a debit/credit card at any one of almost 22,000 PayPoint outlets nationwide or over the phone. PayPoint outlets can be found in newsagents, convenience stores, supermarkets, petrol stations and other retailers. To find their nearest PayPoint, people can visit www.paypoint.co.uk/locator.htm or call 0300 790 6137.  

Anyone wishing to find out more about signing up for the Payment Card should give TV Licensing a call on 0300 790 6078.

In addition to paying at a PayPoint outlet, there are many other ways to pay.  More people are choosing to pay by Direct Debit, now used by over 14 million licence fee payers, while others choose to pay via our website, by using a debit or credit card over the phone or by putting a cheque in the post.

TV Licensing would always prefer people to be properly licensed rather than risk prosecution, which is why we make it as easy as possible to pay and work hard to ensure people are aware of their licensing requirements. Unfortunately some people still try to avoid paying for a TV Licence when they need one, and we will always enforce the law on behalf of the honest majority who pay.

If you would like more information or want to buy a TV Licence please call 0300 790 6115 or visit http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/.