TV licence Change of Address

Everything You Need To Know about TV licence change of address

TV licence change of address

In this article we will cover how to complete a TV licence change of address address in the fastest time possible – as well as everything else you need to know.

We’ll cover:

  • 1) How do I change address on my TV licence?
  • 2) Can a TV licence have two addresses?
  • 3) Can you transfer your TV licence to another person?
  • 4) How to cancel your TV licence?
  • 5) How to get a TV licence refund?

And many more. 

So, let’s jump straight in!

TV licence change of address

TV licence change of address

When you’re moving home you can simply ‘port’ your TV licence to your next address. It follows you, meaning that it isn’t tied to the house in which you originally took the licence out in. At SlothMove you actually update your address with everyone (Councils, TV Licence, your loyalty cards etc…) at the same time using one form.

To update the address on your TV licence and all other addresses click below:

If you’re looking for a TV licence refund, we’ll come to that soon. Otherwise, it’s really important to keep your address update. Your responsibility is to make sure the house in which you occupy has an active TV licence. So, how do you update your address with TV licencing?

To update your TV licence change of address alongside the DVLA, your energy provider and many more you can get started update your TV licence online. At SlothMove we’re all about making the home move as simple and stress-free as possible.

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Can a TV licence cover two addresses?

Good question. We know where we stand when it comes to moving house, but can a TV licence cover two addresses? According to their policy, the answer is generally no. You will need a second TV licence for your other property f you plan to:

  • – record programmes as they appear on live TV;
  • – watch or stream tv programmes on a live service; or
  • – download or watch any programmes from the BBC iPlayer.
However, this does not apply in the following circumstances:
    1. You use a device powered entirely by its own internal batteries (this would be something that isn’t connected to an aerial or plugged in, essentially)
    2. You use a static caravan or a mobile home
    3. You use a boat, a caravan or some other type of touring vehicle

So, as we can see when we ask ‘can a TV licence cover two or more addresses’, it’s a ‘generally no’ but yes in some circumstances. It’s more so the exception to the general rule.

Can you transfer a TV licence to someone else?​

Can you transfer a TV licence to someone else?

You can transfer your TV licence to someone else that is living in the same property as you. However, to transfer your TV licence to another person you need to do that in writing. Unfortunately, this does need to be done in writing, as they require written consent to transfer a TV licence to another person. You also need to sign-it, too.

You would need to send your written consent along with all of the details to:

TV Licensing
DL98 1TL

You might be shouting ‘cancel TV licence!’ as you don’t want to go through the process of writing  letter. And that does makes sense. In some instances, it might be easier to cancel your existing TV licence and have the other person create a new one. This is a workaround if you want an entirely online journey.

How to cancel your TV licence?​

How to cancel your TV licence (cancel TV licence)?

When it comes to how to cancel your TV licence it’s relative straight forward. Therefore, if you want to cancel your TV licence as moving you can follow all of the steps over on the TV licencing website. If you follow all of the instructions, you should have your TV licence cancelled in no time! When it comes to your TV licence renewal, your DD will continue indefinitely until you cancel it. It renews automatically.

How to get a TV licence refund?​

How to get a TV licence refund?

There are two circumstances in which you can request a TV licence refund.

Firstly, you won’t need your TV licence again and you have at least one month left on it before it expires.

Secondly, if your licence has expired more than 2 years ago you can get a refund.

Then, you can get started by working through the process at this part of the TV licencing website. Here are a few important things to remember when applying for the refund:

# The process
Complete their refund form. You need to make sure that you include your full name and address (including post code). You will also need to include the date from which you no longer needed the licence
Next, make sure that you don't cancel your DD
Provide any evidence requested; any documents you send need to be copies as they don't return the originals
Finally, send your evidence to: The Refund Centre, TV Licensing, Darlington, DL98 1TL. Refunds can take up to 21 days to process and clear
TV licence change of address phone number​

TV licence change of address phone number

The TV licence phone number is 300 790 6165. If you don’t want to call, you might be wondering ‘can you email TV Licencing?’. The answer unfortunately is no. You either need to write them at the above address or call them

How much is TV Licence 2019?​

How much is TV Licence 2019?

How much does TV licence cost in 2019? From April 1st 2019 the Government has confirmed that the annual fee is £154.50. This is an increase from £150.50 the year previous. 

You can pay for your TV Licence either annually or via DD. When you pay by DD you will pay two months up-front and always be ‘one month ahead’.

It is an additional cost amongst all of your others, so it is always worth considering if you actually use your TV for watching something live as you can save yourself the cost.

TV Licencing Facts 2020

We thought it would be interesting to include a TV licencing facts for your curiosity! Some of these won’t surprise you and some definitely will!

1) In 2019 there are 25 million active TV licences. This is around 40% of the UK’s population, though around 95% of the UK is said to have a TV in their home.

2) As of March 2019 there were around 7,000 black and white (mono) TV licences in force throughout the UK!

3) Over 75,000 TV licences were cancelled between April 2018 and April 2019. That is an increase of 12% from the previous year

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What happens after I complete the form?

We will tell all of your selected companies about your address change. They will get in touch in the rare instance they need any more information. So, pop the kettle on and relax because you’re all done.

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What happens to my data?

All of your personal data is deleted intermediately. Unlike other companies, we don’t share any of your data with other third parties to sell you products or services. We act in total adherence to GDPR , the Data Protection Act 2018 and guidelines from the Information Commission Office (ICO). Essentially, we treat your data as we’d like ours to be treated. You can learn more in our Privacy policy.

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TV Licence Change of Address and Beyond

So, hopefully this answers everything you need to know about TV licence change of address. We’ve covered how much your TV licence costs, how to get a refund on your TV licence, whether or not you can transfer it to someone else and loads more. If you are in the process of moving, definitely check out this guide on how to save money when moving home and our moving house checklist.