Do I need a Green Card?

17 December 2019

With Brexit pushed into 2020 and the recent election, it is no surprise that a recent survey from the RAC showed that over over a third of motorists had never heard of a Green Card. We answer your questions, to keep you up-to-date and ensure your insurance remains valid.

Driving in the EU

What is a Green Card?

A Green Card is an internationally-recognised document which proves that you have valid insurance in whichever country you are driving within. Accepted in 47 countries, including all of Europe, and beyond.

Do I need a Green Card?

In the event of a 'No-Deal' Brexit, a Green Card will be a legal requirement in order to drive abroad, despite whether you have foreign travel cover as part of your policy. Currently, there is no legal requirement for a Green Card whilst travelling abroad, but should you be in accident it will prove extremely useful - some insurers also require for you to have a Green Card in order for your cover to be valid whilst travelling abroad.

How much is a Green Card?

Green Cards are free of charge, however individual insurers may charge a small administration fee to process the request.

Do I need to know anything else?

If, in January, a 'No-Deal' Brexit does take place, then Green Cards will be necessary in order to be covered - another requirement may be an International Driving Permit (IDP). An IDP can be issued for 12 months or 36 months and may be a requirement depending on the country that you are visiting.

If you need a Green Card, please contact your account handler for advice.