Green Cards: Brexit’s Effect on Driving Across the Border

If a ‘no deal’ Brexit takes place then any person driving their Northern Ireland registered car in the Republic of Ireland will require a green card.

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 visited.  It is a hard copy document which is printed on green paper or with a green background.

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How Does it Work Right Now?

Currently all UK, including Northern Ireland, registered motor vehicles with a valid registration travelling within the EU are covered by the terms of the EU Motor Insurance Directive (MID). This allows motor vehicles to travel freely between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain as well as within other EEA countries without requiring supplementary insurance documentation.

What if A ‘No Deal’ Brexit Occurs?

Should a ‘no deal’ Brexit occur, the UK, including Northern Ireland, will no longer be party to the MID.  This means that anyone who drives their Northern Ireland registered motor vehicle in any of the EEA countries, including the Republic of Ireland, will require a Green Card to demonstrate to the authorities in the Republic of Ireland or anywhere else in the EEA that they have valid motor insurance cover in place.

The current expected Brexit date is 29th March 2019.  Should that date be delayed then the requirement for Green Cards will also be pushed back.

For more information on greed cards, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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