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Broadcasting fee in the private sector 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.

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

You will receive it

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

You can fill out the online form. Print it out at the end of the input process and sign it. Enclose the required supporting documents and send your documents by post to the competent office.

The responsibility lies with the ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitrag Service.

  • Receipt of social benefits, such as
    • Unemployment benefit II
    • Welfare
    • BAföG
    • Basic social security
  • deafblind
  • Reception of assistance for the blind
  • You can apply for exemption from the broadcasting fee as a special case of hardship if you do not receive social benefits because your income exceeds the respective requirement limit by less than 17.98 euros. If you are exempt from the obligation to contribute, the exemption within the home also extends to your wife or husband. The same applies to your registered partner.
  • when receiving social benefits
    • Original proof of receipt of one of the above-mentioned social benefits (approval notice or certificate from the social security 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
  • when receiving assistance for the blind
    • Current approval decision or certificate from the authority on the receipt of benefits according to § 72 Sozialgesetzbuch – Zwölftes Buch (SGB XII) or §27d Bundesversorgungsgesetz (BVG)
  • in cases of hardship
    • the rejection notice of the social security provider in the event of a slight exceeding 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 pass. You will receive this back without being asked.

Fee: free of charge

You must submit the application for exemption within two months of the grant decision being issued.

You will receive the exemption from the first of the month specified in the approval decision as the start of the benefit.

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

Interstate Treaty on the Broadcasting Contribution (RFBeitrStV)

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

Please also note the other services on the subject of "broadcasting fee in the private sector":

Broadcasting fee in the private sector

Broadcasting fee in the private sector Deregistration

Broadcasting fee in the private sector Registration

Broadcasting fee in the private sector Re-registration


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice
Address: 50656 Köln, Stadt
Telephone: +49 185 9995-0100
Fax: +49 185 9995-0105
Address: Iburger Straße 30 , 49082 Osnabrück
Telephone: 0541 5845-0
Fax: 0541 5845-297
Transport Connection:
Station Landessozialamt
Bus: 21, 53, 61, 62, 465, 466, 467
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)