This page provides information about vehicle, driver, and document requirements to drive with Lyft in British Columbia.
Heads up: Rideshare drivers in British Columbia are required to have a class 1, 2, or 4 commercial driver's license.
What you need to drive with Lyft in British Columbia
Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.
2014 or newer
British Columbia license plate
5-8 seats, including the driver's
Not a taxi or stretch limousine
Commercial driver’s license
Rideshare drivers in British Columbia are required to have a class 1, 2, or 4 commercial driver’s license. Class 4 commercial driver’s licenses can be restricted or unrestricted. Be sure to apply for one as soon as possible, as it can take some time to complete the process.
ICBC vehicle registration
Rideshare drivers in British Columbia are required to provide an ICBC vehicle registration document. To prevent delays, make sure your registration document is valid (not expired), and matches the vehicle on file with Lyft.
Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report
Rideshare drivers in British Columbia are required to obtain and provide a British Columbia Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report. Your Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report must:
Have a decal expiry date
Show decal in the top right corner
Have all complete car information
Have all inspection results filled out
Match the vehicle on file with Lyft
Keep a copy of your Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report in your car at all times, as you may be required to present the document to local law enforcement upon request.
Example Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report documents:
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):
Commercial driving record
Rideshare Drivers in British Columbia are required to obtain and provide a copy of their Commercial driving record (sometimes known as a National Safety code abstract). Here’s how to get yours:
Under ‘Select the document(s) you need,’ choose ‘Commercial driving record (National Safety Code abstract).’
In the 'Email (optional)' field, enter email@example.com, then click ‘Submit’ to send your doc for review.
Note: This step can take multiple days to complete. Once you submit the form to the email address above, please allow 3-5 business days for a status update.
Here’s an example of the driving record request form on the ICBC website:
Drivers are required to display two Lyft emblems while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.
Refer to the image above for where to place your Lyft emblems. Make sure to remove the emblem when you're 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.
If you’re removed from the platform or no longer wish to drive with Lyft, please return your trade dress emblem by mail to:
British Columbia driver regulations
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in British Columbia, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
Hourly driver mode limits
In addition to Lyft's mandatory break and time limits, in British Columbia drivers may not provide rides for more than 13 cumulative hours without taking at least an 8 consecutive hours break.More information about driver hour restrictions is available here. If you have additional questions about driver hours, please contact the National Safety Code office at 250-952-0576.
Daily pre-trip inspection
Rideshare vehicles in British Columbia must conduct a pre-trip inspection before the first trip of each day to ensure that the vehicle is in sound mechanical condition.
The inspection must include:
Service brakes, including trailer brake connections and brake adjustments;
Lighting devices and reflectors;
Rear vision mirrors;
Wheels and rims;
Load securement devices.
Upon request of law enforcement, you are required to present your Record Check Certificate.
Here’s how to access your Record Check Certificate in the app:
Open the main menu, then tap 'Vehicles and Devices.'
Select your vehicle.
Tap 'View documents.'
Tap 'Record Check Certificate.'
You'll be taken to a browser window, and prompted to confirm your phone number (using an SMS code) and driver's license number
Accommodation of guide and service animals
In addition to Lyft's service animal policy, drivers in British Columbia should be aware of and comply with Provincial requirements related to guide and service animals.
Always keep your driver’s license, registration, and Commercial Vehicle Inspection document in your vehicle
Don't accept street hails
Don't accept cash for rides
Don't wait in taxi lines
If you are using an amp in Vancouver, BC, be sure to follow these guidelines to avoid a ticket:
Always use the Amp in “pair” mode with the Lyft Driver app.
Switch off the Amp when you aren't using the Lyft Driver app in driver mode.
Make sure the color of the light is white, except when you're picking up a rider.
Moving to or from British Columbia
If you're already a driver in a different province, and you're moving to British Columbia, send us a message with the following info: