Step 2 Work out your business and household budget

​Find the easiest way to pay your TV licence

Paying for your TV licence is a priority. This is because you can be fined in the sheriff court for not having a licence. If you don’t pay the fine set by the sheriff court, this can lead to fines enforcement officers calling at your home, or you could even go to prison.

Court fines

As well as having the fine to deal with, you will still need a TV licence.
 
You will get 50% off your TV licence if you are registered blind. The licence is free if you are over 75. There are different ways of paying for a TV licence. Work out which one will suit you best.
 
  • The most affordable and flexible way of paying for a domestic TV licence is through the Simple Payment Plan. You can read more about this option on the TV Licensing website page: What is the TV Licensing Simple Payment Plan? Contact us for advice and to join the Simple Payment Plan.
  • You can use the TV Licensing savings card to save towards your next licence. You can pay in small, manageable amounts, online, by text or at PayPoint outlets in shops. To apply for a TV Licensing savings card, call 0300 555 0281.
  • You can pay for your TV licence by instalments either every three months or every month by direct debit from your bank account. Contact TV Licensing on 0300 790 6115.
  • A TV Licensing payment card allows you to make payments towards your licence weekly or monthly. You can only use the scheme for colour licences. Contact the payment card helpline on 0300 555 3456 or see the TV Licensing website.