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Green Card – International Motor Insurance Card

As you know the 29th March 2019 originally marked the expected date for Brexit and in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit motorists in the Republic of Ireland would have been obliged to carry ‘Green Cards’ if they intended to drive in the United Kingdom from this date.  

As you will have heard, the timeline for Brexit has now been further delayed.  A rolling deadline of up to 31st October 2019 has now been agreed, with the UK able to leave sooner if their parliament approves the Withdrawal Agreement. 

While this latest development potentially reduces the risk of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the possibility still exists. Should the UK fail to agree to the Withdrawal Agreement by the 22nd May then they must hold European elections.  If for any reason those elections were not held then the UK would depart the EU on the 1st June on a ‘no deal’ basis.  It is also possible the UK could leave the EU without a deal on 31st October.

In light of these developments, and until there is certainty regarding a Brexit deal, Liberty Insurance will continue to issue Green Cards upon request. 

  • If you are insured with us directly, you should send your request by email to greencards@libertyinsurance.ie stating your policy reference number and the country that you are planning to travel to and we will issue one to you.
  • If you are insured with us through a Broker, you should contact your Broker and they will arrange a Green Card for you.
  • For travel to other countries where a Green Card is a current requirement, the request will be processed and issued within the 3-5 working days as per current practice.

The information below will give you some further understanding of what a Green Card is and in what circumstances it may be issued.

What is a Green Card?

  • A Green Card is an internationally recognised insurance document which provides proof of the minimum compulsory motor insurance cover required by the country you are visiting.
  • It is a hard copy document which is printed on green paper or with a green background.
  • A Green Card demonstrates to relevant authorities that the vehicle being driven in their jurisdiction has valid motor insurance cover.
  • A Green Card is not required when driving in any of the 48 countries who are participating members of the system.
  • Further details on the Green Card system, including a full list of the 48 participating countries can be found via the following link https://www.cobx.org/.

Why would I need one?

  • A Green Card is currently a legal requirement if you are driving in any country that does not belong to the Green Card system.
  • In a 'no deal' scenario for Brexit, a Green Card will be required for driving in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

When would I need one?

  • A Green Card is currently a legal requirement if you are driving in any country that does not belong to the Green Card system.
  • In this ‘no deal’ scenario for Brexit, a Green Card will be required for driving in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Is this just for Liberty Insurance or does it apply to all insurers?

  • The Green Card system applies to all motor insurers.
  • Any changes to participating countries that may arise as a result of Brexit will apply to all insurers, and subsequently customers who may be driving in countries outside of the Green Card system.

Do I need a Green Card now or can I wait till 31st October 2019?

  • There is currently no requirement for you to have a Green Card when driving in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • In the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, you will be required to carry a Green Card when driving in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

What level of insurance cover will I have if I drive in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with a Green Card after a ‘no deal’ Brexit?

  • Currently a Liberty Insurance motor customer will have the same level of cover in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as they do in the Republic of Ireland.

What happens if there is a deal or a separate bilateral agreement on driving between UK & Ireland?

  • Liberty Insurance continues to closely monitor Brexit and if, or when, a deal is reached we will advise customers of the impact of that deal.

We will continue to keep our policyholders and customers informed of all developments and will communicate any further news as it arises.