Green Card – International Motor Insurance Card

Most recently you may have heard in the media that in the event of a no-deal Brexit motorists in the Republic of Ireland will be obliged to carry proof of insurance known as ‘Green Cards’ if they intend to drive in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on or after 29th March 2019.

At Liberty Insurance we want to assure all of our customers that we are working closely with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) in relation to Brexit and the requirement for Green Cards in a no-deal Brexit situation.

As your insurer, we wanted to keep you informed of this matter and to reassure you that you don't need to do anything differently at this time. There is currently no requirement for you to have a Green Card when driving in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. A Green Card will only be required in the event of a no-deal Brexit post March 29th.

However, 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 from the 29th March 2019 onwards.

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 from the 29th March 2019 onwards.

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 29th March 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 from 29th March 2019.

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 the 29th March?

  • 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.

Can I give you my details for you to send one out to me?

  • As there is currently no requirement to have a Green Card whilst driving in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, we are not yet issuing these to our customers.
  • If however you plan on driving in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on or after the 29th Mar 2019, then you should contact us 4 weeks before your anticipated travel to request a Green Card.

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