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Where can I apply for a green card?

Do you take out a car insurance policy? Then you will automatically receive a green card from your insurer or intermediary. With this card you can show that your car is insured. It is an international insurance certificate, because the green card is valid in the whole of Europe. The green card contains the most important information about your car insurance, such as the insured number plate, the period during which the car is insured, in which countries the car is insured, the card number and the insurer's contact details. Are you wondering how exactly to apply for a green card? In this article we will explain it to you.

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Apply for a green card digitally

In principle, you do not need to request a green card from the insurer. You will receive it automatically after taking out a car insurance policy. Nowadays, the green card is usually available digitally. You can download and print it yourself. Most insurers do not send the green card by post anymore, but by e-mail. It is also often possible to download the card from your personal environment on the insurer's website. In principle, a green card is valid for one year. However, most Green Cards are valid for 13 months. When you renew your insurance policy, the insurer will automatically send you a new green card.

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Apply for a new green card

Have you lost your green card? Then you can request a new one from the insurer. They will probably send it to you by e-mail. However, these days a green card is also available digitally. You can often log into your personal area on the insurer's website to view, download or print your green card. This way you always have access to your green card.

Are you insured through Alpina? Then you can request a new green card online free of charge.

Do I always have to carry my green card?

In the Netherlands, it is not compulsory to have your green card with you when driving a car. However, it is useful to have the green card with you, because it contains all your insurance details and the phone numbers you can call in case of damage or breakdown. However, this does not necessarily have to be a paper green card, but can also be a digital version, for example a screenshot or PDF file of the green card. In some European countries it is compulsory to carry a paper green card. Here a digital version is not valid. This is the case in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Iran, Morocco, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Macedonia and Ukraine.

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