What does the green card for your car include?
When you purchase car insurance, you will receive a green card from your insurance company. With this green card you can prove that your car is insured. The green card shows the name of the insurance company and what coverage you have purchased. Every year you will receive a new green card from the insurance company.
What does the green card look like?
The green card is an international insurance certificate that allows you to prove that your car is insured. The advantage of a green card is that it has the same layout throughout Europe, making it easy to read even when abroad, for example, for the police. The green card can take the form of a document or a pass.
Also, does the green card always have to be green? Read more here.
What is on the green card?
The green card contains several pieces of information. An important part is the green card number. You will need this number if you make a claim. You need to fill in the green card number on the claim form. In addition, the insurer states on the green card in which countries the car insurance provides coverage. Furthermore, the green card will state the time period and the motor vehicle for which the coverage applies. On the green card, the insurer usually also puts which authorities the insured can turn to in case of a breakdown, accident, broken window and theft, both at home and abroad. Despite the fact that the green card is not mandatory, it still provides good service because all the insurance information is listed concisely and clearly.
Should you keep the green card in your car?
It is wise to have the green card with you at all times, but not advisable to keep it in the car, for example. Keep the green card with your driver's license, for example. That way you always have it with you when you go out in your car. Have you lost your green card or has your car been stolen with the green card still in it? Then you can request a new card online free of charge.
How long is the green card valid?
There is still some confusion about how long the green card is valid. Basically, the card is valid for one year. The validity date is indicated on the green card. It usually states a validity of 13 months instead of 12 months. Every year, when the insurance is renewed, you will automatically be sent a new green card by the insurer. Because the renewal may be exactly when you are on vacation, we chose to extend the validity by one month. This prevents you from being abroad with an invalid green card.
In which countries am I insured with a green card?
Which countries you are insured in is also indicated on the green card. So when you go abroad, your car is insured in the countries listed on your green card. Always check this before you leave, as it can vary from one insurer to another.
Is it compulsory to have a green card in the car?
These days it is not a legal requirement to carry your green card with you, with the exception of non-certified vehicles such as tractors. However, it is advisable to have your car green card with you at all times. In case of an emergency or breakdown, you will always have your insurance information and important phone numbers handy.
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