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If you are in possession of a TV set, you must have a valid, paid-up television licence at all times. You can apply one by following the instructions and procedure.


You are eligible to apply for TV licence if you have Television set.

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  • You can apply for a TV licence at your nearest Post Office or at a retailer authorised to issue new TV licences.
  • When you take out a TV licence for the first time, you must pay the full annual fee of R250. The annual fee of a concessionary licence is R70 a year. Individuals need to apply at the SABC for a concessionary licence.
  • To qualify for a concessionary licence, you must be:
    • 70 years or older and not living with economically active dependants or non-dependants
    • receiving a social grant, old age, disability or war veteran’s grant from the Department of Social Development.
  • Organisations, including businesses, need a TV licence for each set in their possession.
  • Households need only one licence for all TV sets in the house, provided that they all belong to the same owner.
  • Adult (non-dependent) children earning their own keep, parents receiving a pension or own income, and boarders and lodgers living with a family are not covered by the household’s domestic licence but must pay their own TV licence.
  • If you own a retail store selling TV sets, you must inform your customers that they cannot buy a TV set before producing proof of a valid, paid-up television licence. Prospective buyers can apply for the licence at the nearest Post Office or ask the retailer to process a new TV licence application on their behalf.

Businesses with more than 10 television sets may qualify for a discount, which is calculated on a sliding scale depending on the number of sets and is subject to certain conditions.

Forms to complete

An application form for a TV licence is available at the Post Office or an authorised dealer.

Required Information

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Age


  • Go to your nearest Post Office or retailer authorised to issue new TV licences to apply for a new TV licence.
  • Submit all required documents

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Required Documents

  • Application form with the licence fee
  • Proof of physical address and postal address, with contact numbers.
  • Valid identity proof
  • Citizenship Proof
  • Passport (if available)


  • R250 per annum.
  • R70 for concessionary licence.


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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

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Processing Time

Depending on where you apply for a new TV licence, it may take a few hours for your application to be granted.

Office Locations & Contacts

  • Johannesburg
National office
Tel: 011 330 9555
Fax: 011 330 9560/1
City/town: Johannesburg
Province: Gauteng
Physical address: Henly Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
Postal address: Private Bag X60, Auckland Park, 2006

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External Links

South Africa Government Services

Department of Communications

TV Licences


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