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 Ottawa.
What you need to drive with Lyft in Ottawa
Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.
10 years or newer
5-8 seats, including the driver's
Not a taxi or stretch limousine
Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification
Rental vehicles aren't permitted
*Drivers are required to have a valid Class G or higher Ontario driver's licence for at least one year. A temporary licence is acceptable, but be sure to upload your permanent copy when you receive it.
Safety Standards Certificate (SSC)
To drive with Lyft in Ottawa, your vehicle must be registered in Ontario and have a valid Safety Standards Certificate (SSC). To obtain the SSC, visit a mechanic licensed by the Ministry of Transportation. For more information, click here.
Drivers are required to upload a Safety Standards Certificate (SSC) within 36 days of their inspection. It must match the vehicle on file. Keep a copy of your SSC in the vehicle while driving on the Lyft platform.
If your vehicle is 5 years or newer, you should submit a valid SSC on an annual basis. If your vehicle is older than 5 years, you must submit this document on a biannual basis. Your vehicle may not be more than 10 years old.
Lyft drivers in Ottawa are required to pass a criminal record and vulnerable sector check. Obtain this check by visiting your local police service. If you live within the City of Ottawa, you may apply online here. If your area is served by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), visit the closest detachment and bring this letter from Lyft. Along with the printed letter, you must show the OPP your app to confirm that you are a Lyft applicant. Once you’ve obtained the results of your vulnerable sector check, upload the front and back separately in your Driver app or Dashboard. The document must be approved within 90 days of the request. For more information regarding vulnerable sector checks, click here.
Proof of work eligibility
You must upload one of the following documents as proof of work eligibility (must contain your name, and can be any of the following):
Driver Identification Card
After you’re approved to drive, you’ll be issued a driver identification card via email. Print out this page and keep it in your vehicle at all times. You also must produce this immediately upon request of a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer or police officer.
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 front and rear windshield on the passenger side every time you enter driver mode. If you drive in the City of Toronto, be sure to display your Lyft emblem on your passenger side rear window, as required by local regulations. 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 emblems shortly. If you didn't get one or need a new one, contact us. In the mean time, you may print a temporary emblem. HST account number: Lyft drivers in Canada are required to register for, and remit, harmonized sales tax (HST). To learn more about HST requirements, click here.
Ottawa driver regulations
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Ottawa, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
Hourly driver mode limits
Always have your driver’s licence and insurance document
Don't accept street hails
Don't accept cash for rides
Don't wait in taxi lines
In-person support (Lyft Hubs)
We're opening Lyft Hubs across the country to offer in-person support for drivers. Your local Hub is a one-stop shop for answers on everything from setting up direct deposit to discovering where you’ll get the most ride requests.
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Ottawa, send us a message with the following info: Moving from Ottawa to a different Lyft region? Find your new region here to see what steps you'll need to take.