Broadcast contribution in the private sector, reduction

If you have a badge with the mark "RF", you can receive a discount on your broadcasting fee. You will then pay a reduced contribution of 5.83 euros.

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  • Rundfunkbeitrag im privaten Bereich
  • current badge with a mark "RF" in the original (front and back) or in certified copy or
  • Certificate of the Authority for the award of the mark "RF"
  • if necessary, further evidence

Attention: You will not receive a certificate from the authority or the service provider. The original is intended to remain there. You do not have to mark the original badge for the severely disabled. You will receive this unsolicited return.

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  • Antrag auf Befreiung oder Ermäßigung


You have a badge with the mark "RF" and belong to one of the following groups of people:

  • You are blind or permanently significantly visually impaired: degree of disability (GdB) of 60 percent simply due to visual impairment
  • You are hearing impaired, deaf or you cannot communicate adequately with hearing aids
  • You have a disability and are therefore unable to participate in public events at all and the GdB is permanently at least 80 percent

Note: If you receive a discount, it extends to your wife or husband at the same time inside the apartment. The same applies to your registered partner.


If you have a disability and receive certain state benefits, you can get an exemption instead of a discount. With the proof of the authority concerned, you can apply for exemption from the broadcasting fee if, for example, you receive these benefits:

  • Unemployment benefit II,
  • Welfare
  • Basic security or
  • Bafög.

A complete list of all social benefits can be found on the website of Südwestrundfunk.

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  • Rundfunkbeitragsstaatsvertrag (RBStV)

You must apply in writing to the competent authority for the reduction in the broadcasting fee. Use the required form to do this. You will receive it from towns and cities and from the competent authorities.
You can also fill it out online. Print the form at the end of the input process and sign it. Enlay the required proofs and send your documents by post.

Note: You will receive the discount from the first of the month specified in the approval notice or certificate as the start of performance.

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