Everyone who is registered in Germany must pay public broadcasting fees to the GEZ.
What is the GEZ?
GEZ is a German public agency, which collects fees for German public broadcasting. In other words, the GEZ is a state organisation that takes money from the people in order to produce public TV and radio programmes, such as ARD, ZDF, InfoRadio etc. Public broadcasting programmes are meant to ensure the production of objective news content for the citizens - as opposed to private channels, which may be more likely to produce biased contents.
Who must register at GEZ?
Everyone who lives in Germany must pay a monthly fee for this public broadcast. You must pay it regardless of whether you actually have a TV, Internet access or a radio. You may regard it as a contribution to the production of objective news within Germany, and thereby in a way, towards the democratic system.
What if I don't register at GEZ?
Many people think that the monthly fee is very high and do not want to pay it. The GEZ agency makes sure that everyone pays their contribution and charges you with fines if you do not pay the bills.
If you have not registered at GEZ, better do it now than later. If you live in a shared flat or with your family, one monthly GEZ payment covers the entire household. It is not paid by person but by registered apartment / house. So if you move into an already-existing household, make sure you write that on your GEZ registration in order to avoid double-payment. For this, fill out the registration form on our website and make a note on it. You can also write on it by hand.
What are Rundfunkgebühren?
Rundfunkgebühren means "broadcasting fees".
What does GEZ stand for?
GEZ is short for Gebühreneinzugszentrale, which means "fee collecting agency".