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What should you do if you have lost your Green Card?

When you take out a car insurance policy, you will receive a green card from the insurance company. This green card is the insurance certificate of your car and with it you can show that your car is insured. The green card is an important document containing various information. What should you do if you have lost your green card?

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With the green card you can show not only in the Netherlands that your car is insured. It is an international insurance certificate. Throughout Europe the green card has the same lay-out, so that it is easy to read for the foreign police as well. One of the most important data on the green card is the green card number. If you have a claim and need to fill in a claim form, you will need this number.

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Do I have to carry my green card?

It is not a legal requirement these days to carry the green card with you at all times. However, it is required for non-registered vehicles such as tractors. However, it is recommended that you carry the green card with you at all times. Especially when going abroad. There are even countries where it is mandatory to have a physical green card with you. In the following countries, it is mandatory to have the green card with you and the green card must be printed on green paper:
Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Macedonia, Morocco, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine, Russia, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey and Belarus.

It contains a lot of useful information that can come in handy in case of an emergency or breakdown. Before the green card expires, you will receive a new one from the insurance company. To avoid being abroad and your green card has just expired, the green card is always valid 1 month longer than the insurance period.
Have you lost your green card? Then you can reapply for the green card.

Reapplying for a green card

Are you insured through Alpina? Then you can request a new green card online free of charge. Usually you will receive the green card by mail. You may also receive the green card by e-mail. There are even insurers that send the green card by both mail and e-mail. This depends on the insurance company where you took out your car insurance policy.

The green card can take two forms, namely a pass or a document. This differs per insurer. It is not only mandatory to have a green card for a car. Also for a scooter, motorbike or motor home you will receive a green card and you will need to carry a green card in the above mentioned countries.

When you go on holiday abroad with a caravan, you may need a second green card for your caravan. If your caravan is heavier than 750 kilograms, you are obliged to have a second green card in Germany, Spain and Poland.


Do you have any questions regarding the green card or other insurance related issues? Take a look at our frequently asked questions. Here you will find the most frequently asked questions per product. Is your question not included or do you have additional questions? Then please contact us. We will be happy to help you! You can reach us on working days from 08:00 to 18:00 on telephone number 088-6883700.

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