Individuals who receive social benefits such as unemployment benefit II, asylum seekers' benefits, basic old-age pension or social support may be exempted from contribution. Furthermore, those going through vocational training and students who receive vocational training allowance (BAB) or BAföG (and no longer live with their parents) can apply for an exemption.
To apply for an exemption, you must fill an application form at rundbeitbeitrag.de, print it out and send it to the contributions' service. Along with the form, you need to submit necessary certificates from the respective authority (i.e. Jobcentre, Bafög Office, etc.). You can find the address of the contribution service on rundfunkbeitrag.de.
Please note: If you share an apartment with several people and not all are exempt from the licence fee, your household needs to pay licence fees.
Anyone who is being cared for in an elderly home or nursing home full-time can opt-out at rundfunkbeitrag.de and stop making contributions. Furthermore, blind, partially sighted, deaf and hearing-impaired individuals can apply for their licence fees to be reduced on the same website.