About the licence
Here you will find answers to general questions about the license
What is the TV licence fee?
The Broadcasting licence fee, also called the licence, is a public fee for everyone who has a TV. You have to pay for the licence irrespective of which TV you have, and which channels you choose to watch.
The Norwegian Parliament has determined that the licence shall be collected by, and accrue to, NRK (the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation).
Who has to pay?
Everyone who has a TV and/or a digital decoder has to pay the licence fee. That is everyone who owns, rents or borrows a TV. You are responsible for notifying that you have a TV in use.
You can have several TVs on the same licence as long as they are used by you, your spouse/cohabitant and children who live at home whom you provide for. Other household members who are self-supporting shall pay for their own licence, if they have their own TV in use. Whoever has a taxable income, social security or student loans is considered to be self-supporting.
The licence applies to the person it is registered to, not the address.
Why have I got a licence?
There are several ways of getting registered with a licence. The most common one is that you have bought a TV, and that we have therefore received notification of this from the shop. It may also be that we have received notification from a distributor of television signals, such as RiksTV, that you have a TV subscription.
You can also be registered with a licence if you have acquired a TV in another way, or you have had a visit from a licence inspector.
- Are you still unsure about why you have received a licence? Contact us
What sort of equipment must we pay for?
You have to pay for all the equipment that can receive TV signals. Examples of such equipment are TV, decoder, tuner and pc with a TV card.
You have to pay even if the TV is not being used to receive TV signals, unless the TV is sealed.
Do I have to pay the licence even though I don’t watch NRK?
Everyone who has a TV and/or digital decoder in use has to pay for the licence, regardless of which channels you have access to or which programmes you choose to watch. This also applies if you have a TV that is used as a computer monitor, to play video games and the like.
If the TV is not used to receive TV signals, you can apply for an exemption from the licence if the TV is sealed. It must be documented that the TV has been sealed by a company that is registered in the Brønnøysund Register, either as a distributor of TVs, or as a service workshop for the repair of TVs. The documentation must include the name of the person to whom the licence is registered, date when the TV was sealed and designation of the type of TV that has been sealed.
The licence must be paid for up to and including the date we receive valid documentation that the TV has been sealed.
How can I receive NRK without a TV subscription?
NRK’s radio and TV programmes are freely available, and it is not necessary to have a subscription with the signal provider to receive these broadcasts.
In order to take in NRK, your TV must have built-in digital decoder technology (DVB-T/MPEG4). Such technology is incorporated in all modern TVs. You get in the signals using a TV antenna.
You can check the coverage for the ground based digital network at your address at www.ntv.no. You can check if your TV has a built-in digital decoder technology at www.rikstv.no.
For further questions regarding TV technology, we recommend that you contact your local TV distributor.
I rent a property, do I have to pay for a separate licence?
Yes, when you rent a property and have a TV in use, you must pay for your own licence. Even if the TV belongs to the property, you, as the user, have to pay for the licence.
I rent out a property with a TV, who should pay?
It is the person who uses the TV that has to pay for the licence. The landlord shall notify the NRK Licence Department of who is using the TV.
We are cohabitants, do we need to pay for two licences?
Cohabitants and spouses only need one licence. If you move in together after the start of the licence period (1 January/1 July) you must both pay for the licence out the current period.
Do I have to pay for a separate licence for a holiday home?
As long as you already pay for a licence at home, the TVs you have in a holiday home, cabin, caravan, private boat, or similar are also covered by this.