How to get a TV license?

A TV license is a legal requirement for anyone who owns a TV set in South Africa. It allows you to watch all free-to-air TV channels, including those from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC),, and DStv EasyView.

Who needs a TV license?

Anyone who owns a TV set in South Africa needs a TV license, regardless of whether they watch free-to-air channels or not. This includes people who have satellite or cable TV, as well as people who stream TV shows and movies online.

How to get a TV license

You can get a TV license from your nearest Post Office or from a retailer authorized to issue new TV licenses. To apply, you will need to provide your name, address, and contact information. You will also need to pay the annual license fee.

How much does a TV license cost?

The annual license fee for a domestic TV license is R265.00. There is also a concessionary license available for people who receive a social grant from the state, people over the age of 70, and people with disabilities. The concessionary license fee is R74.00.

How to pay for a TV license

You can pay for a TV license in cash, by debit or credit card, or by EFT. You can also pay for a TV license in monthly installments, but there is a small premium for this convenience.

Do I need to renew my TV license every year?

Yes, you need to renew your TV license every year. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail before your license expires. You can renew your license online, at a Post Office, or at a retailer authorized to issue new TV licenses.

What happens if I don’t have a TV license?

If you are caught watching free-to-air TV without a TV license, you could be fined up to R500.00. You could also have your TV set confiscated.

How to get a concessionary TV license

If you qualify for a concessionary TV license, you will need to apply to the SABC. You can apply online or by downloading and completing an application form. You will need to provide proof of your eligibility, such as a copy of your social grant award letter or a copy of your disability card.

Tips for getting a TV license

Here are a few tips for getting a TV license in South Africa:

  • Apply for your TV license as soon as you get a new TV set.
  • If you are eligible for a concessionary TV license, apply as soon as possible.
  • Keep your TV license up to date by renewing it before it expires.
  • If you lose your TV license, you can apply for a replacement.
  • If you move, you need to update your TV license with your new address.

For more information about TV licenses in South Africa, visit the SABC website or contact the SABC on 011 330 9555.