Germany has many public radio and television networks and an increasing number of commercial stations. The public networks are financed largely by the audience, so anyone who owns a radio or television is obliged to pay a monthly fee to the ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice. Subscribers should register with the ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice, Freimersdorfer Weg 6, 50829 Köln. The forms needed are available at banks and savings institutions or at the Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt). If you move away from Germany, don't forget to cancel your registration.
Those who enjoy diplomatic privileges based on the Vienna Agreement on diplomatic relations (18 April 1961) or corresponding legal provisions are exempt from these fees. If you are uncertain about your status, please enquire at the
Protocol Division/Bonn Office of the Federal Foreign Office (Außenstelle Protokoll Bonn)
Adenauerallee 99-103 (entry via Tempelstraße)
Phone: 01888 -17 46 95