Monday Myth-Buster: Does my TV licence affect my credit history?

Monday Myth-Buster: Does my TV licence affect my credit history?

author: Bryony Pearce

By Bryony Pearce

Because you pay for your TV license upfront, it is not classed as a form of credit and therefore cannot affect your credit history.


There are three ways you can pay your TV licence: yearly, quarterly or monthly. If you decide to pay for your licence annually, you’ll be required to stump up a lump sum of £145.50.

Quarterly instalments will cost around £37 every three months and monthly repayments will total just over £12 per month.

Having a TV licence is a legal requirement and so, although it won’t affect your credit history, it is very important to make sure you meet your payments on time.

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What should I do if I’m struggling with payments?

If you’re struggling to meet your TV licence payments or have already missed one, you must get in touch with the TV Licensing company as soon as possible on 0300 555 0286.

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How do I know if I need a TV licence?

It’s a legal requirement to take out a TV licence if:

  • You watch or record live TV programmes on any channel
  • You download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer – that includes live, catch-up or on demand

What affects your credit history?

What can affect my credit score?

A missed TV licence bill might not affect your credit history or score, but there’s a whole load of other stuff that can.

To help you get to grips with unexpected things that can hinder your chances of securing credit, we’ve put a comprehensive list together – some may be more obvious than others!

15 things that can affect your credit score:

  • Late or missed credit card, loan or mortgage repayments
  • A missed mobile phone bill
  • Not being on the electoral roll
  • Outstanding debt
  • Several open, unused accounts
  • Late or missed utility bill payments
  • Applying for lots of credit in a short space of time
  • Your partner’s finances
  • A CCJ against your name
  • Mistakes on your credit history
  • Old store cards
  • Whether you own or rent your property
  • How long you’ve lived at your current address for
  • Employment status
  • Job stability

Disclaimer: All information and links are correct at the time of publishing.

author: Bryony Pearce

By Bryony Pearce

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