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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 income support
  • or you are deafblind
  • or receive help for the blind.


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

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

If you send in the original approval notice, please mark it with the word "original". Otherwise, you may not get 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 severely disabled person's pass. 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 notice of approval as the start of benefits.

The exemption shall be granted at the earliest at the beginning of the month following the submission of the application.

ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice

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 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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

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

  • in the case of cities,
  • in the case of municipalities,
  • to 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 required evidence and send your documents by post to the competent authority.

On 1 January 2013, the licence fee replaced the licence fee.

editorial revision by BW/GK LeiKa on 17.02.2014

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Start your request directly online:

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