TV licence number format

Jeremy Hilton made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I have a number of questions about the format of the 10-digit "TV licence number" that appears on TV licences.

1. Are there any restrictions in the possible numerals that can make up each digit of the TV licence number? (E.g. that the first digit can be only a numeral from 1–4, etc.) And if so—what are these restrictions?

2. Are any of the 10 digits of the TV licence number a "check digit"?

And if so—

3. Which digit is the check digit?

4. What is the formula for calculating the check digit from the other digits of the TV licence number?

Yours faithfully,

Jeremy Hilton

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Hilton,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 25 September 2013. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20131394

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Hilton,

 

Freedom of Information request – RFI20131394

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the
Act”) dated 25 September 2013.

 

I apologise but we are currently not in a position to respond to your
request.

 

I sincerely apologise for this delay and for any inconvenience this may
cause you.  I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that your
request is a priority as it is late.

 

Kind regards,

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Hilton,

 

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20131394. We apologise for the delay in issuing this response
to you and we accept that we have failed to meet the statutory 20-day
deadline on this occasion; we would also like to apologise for any
inconvenience caused by the delay.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

The Information Policy and Complaince Team

 

BBC Information Policy and Compliance

BC2B6, Broadcast Centre

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London W12 7TP, UK

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

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Jeremy Hilton left an annotation ()

Judging from the response, it does seem that:

1. There is no restriction on the format of the licence number, so presumably it can be anything from 0000000000–9999999999.

2. There is indeed a check digit. (But the BBC won't reveal any more information about it.)