This page provides information about vehicle, driver, and document requirements, state regulations, insurance coverage, and city-specific requirements, needed to drive with Lyft in the State of New York.
What you need to drive with Lyft in the State of New York
Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.
Use your Lyft Driver app or Driver Dashboard to upload your documents. To add documents in the app, tap 'Account' in the main menu, then 'Documents.
2007 or newer
5-8 seatbelts, including the driver's
Not a taxi, stretch limousine, or non-Express Drive rental vehicle
Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt, or any other equivalent classification
In select cities, you can rent a car through Express Drive with standard insurance included. Rental vehicles must be rented through the Express Drive program to be approved for use on the Lyft platform. *Make sure we can see your valid driver’s license number and the date it was issued in the photo (see sample here). If your license was issued less than 1 year ago, please include another document in your photo to show additional driving record — for example, you can include an expired driver’s license.
Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.
The Lyft emblem should be displayed in the lower corner of your windshield on the passenger side every time you enter driver mode. Make sure to remove the emblem when you are not in driver mode.
If you’ve just been approved to drive, you should receive your Lyft emblem shortly. If you didn't get one or need a new one, order one in your Lyft Driver app or Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.
New York State driver regulations
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in New York State, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
Hourly driver mode limits
Only time spent in actual rides count toward these limitations.
The CDC recently updated its guidance for transportation, and masks are now optional in all rides. Wearing masks on transportation may still be required by law in some areas, and we encourage riders and drivers to check their local public health requirements before using Lyft.
Always have your driver’s license and insurance document
Don't accept street hails
Don't accept cash for rides
Don't wait in taxi lines
Do not stop, park, load, or unload passengers in a travel lane or in an officially designated bus or taxi stop
Review Lyft's coverage here.
Moving to or from New York State
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to New York, send us a message with the following info:
Your name, phone number, and email address associated with your Lyft account
The city you are currently driving in
The area of New York State you’d like to switch to
A photo of your New York state driver’s license
Please note: If you are a driver whose home region is New York City, and a passenger ride has brought you into New Jersey, your next match should be a ride request heading back to New York City.
Moving from New York to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.