BREXIT

If there is a no deal Brexit on the 29th March, you will need a Green Card if you plan on driving an Irish registered vehicle in Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the UK.

A Green Card will stop you being treated as ‘uninsured’ by the police when driving your vehicle in Northern Ireland or the rest of the UK. 

To get your Green Card you will need to contact your insurance company or insurance broker. 

If you plan on driving your car in Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the UK in the days immediately after Brexit (i.e. the days following 29th March 2019) you should contact your insurance company or insurance broker as soon as possible. This will allow sufficient time for you to receive your Green Card. Insurance companies and insurance brokers started issuing Green Cards at the beginning of March.

If you plan on travelling after that period you should contact your insurance company or insurance broker one month in advance of your journey. 

The penalties for driving uninsured in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are severe and include having your car seized at the side of the road, fines and impoundment.

A Green Card is an internationally recognised insurance document which provides proof of insurance cover to the enforcement authorities. It allows the police in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK to recognise your insurance. Further information about Green Cards is available here or by clicking on the ‘What are Green Cards’ button at the bottom of this page. 

If the UK continues to be a member of the European Union (for example if Brexit was delayed or cancelled), then you won’t need a Green Card. Green Cards will only be needed if the UK leaves the European Union without an agreement.