Exemption from paying the licence fee: When do I not have to pay?
If you receive social benefits such as unemployment benefit II, benefits for asylum seekers or social assistance, you can be exempted from paying the licence fee. Students who receive BAföG (German Federal Training Assistance Act) do not have to pay either. For this purpose, you have to apply for exemption and send the necessary proof. Here you can read more.
Do I have to register?
Every adult occupant of an apartment is primarily obliged to register with the contribution service. However, since the "one apartment – one contribution" principle applies, the obligation to register depends on the apartment situation: If you live alone in the apartment, you must register yourself. On the other hand, if you live in the apartment with the whole family or with friends, one family member or one member of a shared apartment must pay the contribution for all. You are free to decide who registers with the contribution service.