Advice on the documents you may need in order to travel in the UK after Brexit (date to be confirmed)
UPDATE: 31 December 2020. The information below is now out of date as the UK and EU reached an agreement which has been ratified by the UK parliament and provisionally ratified by the EU. For our latest guidance, please click here.
Should the United Kingdom leave the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement then the rules on driving or riding in the UK could change.
In the case of a “No Deal” exit, unless alternative arrangements are agreed between the UK and EU before Brexit, then you will be required to carry a ‘Green Card’ when travelling in or on your vehicle within the EU.
This is an international certificate of insurance issued by your insurer. It is a physical document that will need to be posted to you.
Holding a Green Card will mean you will have Third Party motor insurance valid in the UK – Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland and any additional specified EU countries.
How can you get a Green Card?
We will be pleased to assist you in obtaining a Green Card from your insurer.
As different insurers will have different policies and procedures, this should make things easier for you.
There is no charge for this service – it is free to you.
You can request a Green Card by either:
1. Emailing us by clicking here. Please make sure you include your full name (as it appears on your insurance documents) and policy number/broker reference. Please include a telephone number we can contact you on so we can confirm your cover.
2. Calling Customer Services on 0818 945947
Please have your policy number/broker reference to hand when calling.
YOU SHOULD APPLY FOR YOUR GREEN CARD AT LEAST 21 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO TRAVELLING.
You can read the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland’s guidance on Green Cards in the case of a No-Deal Brexit here.
IF YOU HAVE A UK DRIVING LICENCE
If you live in Ireland and hold a UK driving licence then, in the case of a No Deal Brexit, you will need to exchange this for an Irish driving licence.
You can apply to do this in person at any National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) office. To find your nearest office, please click here.
You will need complete an application form, pay a fee (currently €55) and provide supporting documentation. This will include your UK driving licence, evidence of your address, residency entitlement and personal public services number.
Please note that the NDLS advises that it takes a minimum of 17 working days to exchange a licence.
In the event of a No Deal Brexit increased demand for this service could increase application processing times.
For official NDLS guidance on how you may exchange a UK driving licence in the event of a No Deal Brexit, please click here.
You can also read the NDLS’s FAQs on Brexit and Driving licences here.