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Broadcasting fee - Apply for exemption


If you receive state social benefits, you can be exempted from the broadcasting fee. The same applies to deafblind people and recipients of assistance for the blind.

  • They receive state social benefits, such as:
    • Unemployment benefit II
    • Welfare
    • BAföG
    • Basic security
  • or you are deafblind
  • or receive help for the blind.


You can apply for an exemption from the broadcasting fee as a special hardship case if you do not receive any social benefits because your income exceeds the respective requirement limit by less than EUR 17.50.
If you are exempt from the obligation to pay contributions, the exemption within the apartment also extends to your wife or husband. The same applies to your registered life partner.

  • upon receipt of social benefits
    • Proof of receipt of one of the above-mentioned social benefits in the original (approval notice or certificate from the social service provider)
  • for deafblindness:
    • current medical certificate of deafblindness in the original or
    • Severely disabled pass with the marks "Bl" and "Gl" or
    • Certificate from the pension office on the degree of hearing and visual impairment
  • upon receipt of assistance for the blind
    • Current approval notice or certificate from the authority on the receipt of benefits in accordance with § 72 Twelfth Book of the Social Code (SGB XII) or §27d of the Federal Pension Act (BVG)
  • in cases of hardship
    • the rejection notice of the social service provider in the event of a slight exceeding of the income limit as a special case of hardship
  • Further evidence as required

If you send in the original of the approval notice, please mark it with the word "original". Otherwise, you may not receive it back, as all incoming mail will be destroyed after digital archiving.
You will not receive the certificate from the authority or the service provider back. You do not have to mark the original disability card. You will receive this back unsolicited.

Application procedure and examination: none

You must submit the application for exemption within two months of the issuance of the grant notice.

You will receive the exemption from the first of the month specified in the approval notice as the start of benefits.

The exemption shall take place at the earliest at the beginning of the month following the application.

ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Contribution Service

50656 Cologne

Service telephone to the contribution account:
018 59995 0100*

Service telephone for the broadcasting fee:
018 59995 0888*

Service Fax: 018 59995 0105*

Service telephone hours:
Mon-Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

* 6.5 cents/min. from German landlines, different prices for mobile communications.

You must apply in writing for exemption from the broadcasting fee to the competent authority. To do this, use the prescribed form.
You get it

  • for cities,
  • in the case of municipalities,
  • the competent authorities, and
  • on the Internet.

You can fill out the internet form online. Print it out at the end of the input process and sign it. Enclose the necessary evidence and send your documents by post to the competent authority.

The broadcasting fee replaced the broadcasting fee on 1 January 2013.

editorial revision by BW/GK LeiKa on 17.02.2014

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice
Freimersdorfer Weg 6
50829 Köln, Stadt
50401 Köln, Stadt