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 Mexico.
What you need to drive with Lyft in New Mexico
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.
2009 or newer: Las Cruces, Roswell, Taos
2007 or newer: All other cities
5-8 seats, 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.
Drivers are required to pass a vehicle inspection before being approved to drive. Approved drivers will need an updated vehicle inspection annually.
When visiting an approved inspection location, use this form. . Inspection cost varies depending on the area and facility. Once completed, upload your inspection form to the Lyft Driver app. Keep a current inspection form in your vehicle at all times while in driver mode.
To upload your inspection form:
Inspections are valid until the marked expiration date. If no expiration date is marked, Lyft will require a new inspection to be done one year after the inspection date.
You’ll receive an email or notification when a virtual inspection is available. Follow the instructions to set up your virtual appointment.
Before your scheduled inspection time, you’ll need to be outside of your vehicle and have:
To complete an inspection, you'll need:
Zoom app. Either download the mobile app and create an account, or sign in to an existing one.
Seat belts buckled.
Headlights and hazard lights on.
To turn off Bluetooth.
A mobile device charged to at least 20% or more, with good signal strength or W-iFi connection.
A penny to measure the tread on your tires.
A friend. Your virtual appointment includes a brake light inspection. You’ll need a friend or a way to prop up your phone to see the lights.
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 Mexico driver regulations
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in New Mexico, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
Hourly driver mode limits
Lyft and New Mexico regulations state that drivers may not spend more than 12 hours in driver mode within a 24-hour period. After that, drivers must take a break for a minimum of 6 consecutive hours.
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
Review Lyft's coverage here.
Moving to or from New Mexico
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to New Mexico, send us a message with the following info:
The date you're moving
Your new shipping address
A clear photo of your vehicle registration*
A clear photo of your ASE vehicle inspection (more information above)
*If you were already required to upload your vehicle registration when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again.
Moving from New Mexico to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.