What is that? In Germany, citizens aged 18 and over who own a radio, television or computer must pay a Rundfunkbeitrag (TV and radio licence fee). It is used to support public service programmes broadcast on radio and television and streamed on the Internet.
Public broadcasters include channels such as ARD, ZDF or SWR. They are obliged to provide independent, objective and non-partisan media reporting. The TV and radio licence fee helps to support a free press, which is important for our democracy.
How much does it cost? The TV and radio licence fee is currently EUR 18.36 per month or EUR 55.08 per quarter per apartment – regardless of how many people live there or how many devices are in the apartment. You must pay this charge from the first month in which you are registered.
Certain groups of people, such as those receiving social benefits or with a disability, do not have to pay the TV and radio licence feeor receive a reduction. Ask for advice if this applies to you!
How do I register? The TV and radio licence fee registration form is available online at www.rundfunkbeitrag.de. Please send the completed and signed document together with the required proofs to “ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio, Beitragsservice, 50656 Köln”.