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ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio contribution service

Register broadcasting fee

Register your radios and pay a license fee.

Important notes


  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You do not yet have to pay a license fee for your apartment
  • another person does not yet pay a license fee for your apartment

Documents required

  • informal letter by post or
  • completed registration form on the Internet

Please note

The license fee replaced the license fee on January 1, 2013.
The premiums were automatically changed for private individuals as early as 2013.

Special regulations apply to companies, institutions and the self-employed.


The obligation to contribute begins on the first of the month in which you have an apartment for the first time. That means you

  • live there,

  • are reported there or

  • are named in the lease as the tenant.

Procedure & Fees


You have to register your apartment with the competent authority.

Note: If you have previously paid broadcasting fees, these will automatically be switched to the broadcasting fee. You will usually receive mail from the contribution service.

Tip: If you do not have to pay a fee, for example because another resident in the apartment is already paying the license fee, you can unsubscribe from the fee service.

Processing time

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Broadcasting fee: 17.50 euros per month, reduced broadcasting fee: 5.83 euros per month

Legal notes

Legal remedies


Legal basis

Interstate Broadcasting Fee Treaty (RGebStV)

Downloads & Links

Links on the Internet

Service description

As an adult, you have to pay a license fee for your apartment.

Only one radio license fee has to be paid for each apartment.

Address and contact information


ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio contribution service
Freimersdorfer Weg 6 50656 Köln

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