FAQs - Green Cards
What is a Green Card?
Green Cards are an international certificate of insurance issued by insurance providers in the UK, guaranteeing that the motorist has the necessary third-party motor insurance cover for driving in the country being travelled to.
Do I need a green card?
If we leave the EU on or before January 31st 2020 without a deal, all UK motorists who are planning to drive in the European Economic Area (EEA) and some other countries (Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland) will need to request a green card in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
How do I get a green card?
Two weeks prior to travelling you will need to contact us on 0800 083 5471 to request your Green Card. We will issue you your card electronically via email, which you will need to print on green paper. On request, we can post you a hard copy.
How long will it take?
Please give us at least two weeks' notice prior to your travel.
Do I have to pay for a green card?
No, there is no charge for issuing you a Green Card.
What if I travel without a green card?
If we leave the EU on or before January 31st 2020 without a deal, and you drive in a European country without a Green Card, you will be breaking the law.
This could result in you being charged with driving without insurance which could be subject to a fine, having your vehicle seized or prosecution.
Do I need to have a physical copy of a green card whilst driving abroad?
Yes. Under current international rules, Green Cards are physical paper documents printed on green paper. You may be required to show the physical document at the border when entering the EU, but this will be a decision for the border authorities to take. You may also be subject to police checks while driving abroad and you will also need to be able to present the document at the scene if you are involved in an accident.
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