Licence Fee - AZDBS (German "TV Tax")

Anyone staying longer than three months in Germany must register and pay charges for the public radio and television programme to AZDBS (ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice).

A simple rule applies for all citizens since 2013: one residence - one fee. The licence fee is not linked to a broadcasting device. It is irrespective of how many TVs, radios or computers there are at a residence.

The licence fee is 17.50 Euro per month and is only paid once per residence.

Registration is simple and can be done online.

Changing addresses, account details and names can also be done online.

If you wish to inform AZDBS of any changes in writing, please use the forms available from the local authorities as well as from banks. The corresponding forms can be also downloaded and printed at