The international motor insurance card, better known as the "Green Card", is the official proof that the designated motor vehicle is covered by a civil liability insurance. This document is issued by your insurer.
Please note! The international motor insurance card is a mandatory on-board document. If you are driving on public roads, you must always be able to present it.
The card is valid for all countries whose box has not been deleted from the list of countries indicated on the card.
If you travel to a country that is not covered by the international motor insurance card, you must ask your insurer for an extension of cover for that country or you must take out supplementary insurance at the border of that country.
You must always be able to prove that your motor vehicle is insured. Previously, it was a matter of green card. Since 1 July 2020, the international motor insurance card has changed.
Changes to the form
Since 1 July 2020, the international motor insurance card, formerly called “green card”, has changed.
The international motor insurance card :
- is printed on white paper (and no longer on green paper);
- is also delivered in electronic form;
- is presented with black letters on a white background;
- is no longer double-sided.
Therefore, some insurers offer the insurance certificate in digital form. In this case, you can save your insurance card in your smartphone or print it out yourself. You must give your consent to the insurer. In the absence of consent, the insurance certificate is still delivered free of charge on paper.
Please note! If you prefer to save it in your smartphone, do not forget to share the document with other drivers, even occasional ones. Examples include all members of your family who drive the vehicle, even occasionally, the neighbour who borrows your vehicle or your mechanic when the vehicle has a technical inspection, etc. Indeed,they must all be able to prove that the vehicle is properly insured in the event of an inspection or an accident...
Tips: If you travel abroad, we highly recommend that you carry a paper version with you. That way, if you are faced with technical problems or the theft of your smartphone, you will always be able to present the necessary documents. It is also possible that the authorities of the country visited will only accept the paper version.
Consult a description of the international motor insurance card model
Are you still in possession of a valid green card? No problem! Until 31 December 2021, the green international motor insurance cards, which have not yet expired, remain valid.
From 1 January 2022, only the electronic version on a white background or the paper version on a white background will still be valid.