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Alberta Driver Information

This page provides information about vehicle, driver, and document requirements, province regulations, insurance coverage, and city-specific requirements needed to drive with Lyft in Alberta, Canada.
To apply to drive in Alberta, submit an application online or in the Lyft Driver app –– download it from the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play store. To be approved to drive, applicants must meet the below requirements.
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Vehicle requirements
  • Calgary: 2014 or newer
  • Edmonton: 2004 or newer
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats or fewer, including the driver's
  • Not a taxi or stretch limousine
  • Alberta licence plate
  • Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification
  • Not a rental vehicle
Driver requirements
Document requirements
To upload your documents in the app, open the main menu and tap 'Account,' then 'Documents.'
Required 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):
Personal or contingent vehicle insurance policy (pink slip)
Your insurance document (pink slip) must include:
  • Your name
    • If your name isn’t on your document or insurance ID card, you’ll need to provide confirmation from your insurance provider and/or policy holder that you are authorized to use the vehicle for rideshare purposes.
  • Vehicle’s make, model, and year
  • Policy expiration date
  • Insurance company
  • Province
Alberta Class 1-55 Vehicle registration
Drivers must provide proof of vehicle registration and keep a non-digital copy of their vehicle registration in their vehicle.
Vehicle inspection
Keep your inspection document in your vehicle when driving with Lyft.
Calgary Inspection
To drive with Lyft in Calgary, your vehicle must pass an annual Enhanced Livery Vehicle Inspection Standards (ELVIS) check. Inspections may only be completed by specific licenced City of Calgary garages approved by the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council who have a copy of the ELVIS inspection form. You can find approved businesses in Calgary here. 
Edmonton inspection
To drive with Lyft in Edmonton, your vehicle must pass an annual inspection and obtain a Mechanical Inspection Certificate from a garage approved by the City Manager. You can find approved businesses in Edmonton here.
Alberta 3-year Standard Driving Abstract
We need to review your driving history before you can drive with Lyft. Drivers must provide a Standard Driver Abstract that has been obtained in the past 30 days.
Visit your nearest registry to fill out an application.
Note: Drivers aren’t required to have 3 years of driving history to be approved to drive, as long as they provide their 3-year Standard Driving Abstract document.
Police Information Check (PIC) with Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC)
Lyft drivers in Alberta are required to pass a Police Information Check (PIC) with a Vulnerable Sector Check (also called a Vulnerable Sector Search). You can obtain this check by visiting your local police service or closest Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment. Once you’ve obtained the results of your VSC, upload all pages in your Driver app or Dashboard.
If you live within the city of Calgary, you may apply online here. Once you get the email that your PIC is available, upload a photo of your PIC in your Driver app or Dashboard.
Your PIC must include:
  • Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Name and date of birth matching your driver’s license
  • Signature and date on each page
  • All pages and all results filled out
If you already have a Transportation Network Driver’s License (TNDL) and have never driven with Lyft, please provide a PIC and VSC that was obtained in the past 12 months. If you don’t have a TNDL yet, you must provide a PIC and VSC that was obtained in the past 60 days.
Transportation Network Driver’s Licence (Calgary only)
Lyft drivers in Calgary must have a Transportation Network Driver's Licence (TNDL) for each vehicle used on the platform. Lyft will apply for the TNDL on behalf of each driver who meets the City of Calgary’s requirements. Once issued, the City will send you an email with your TNDL information. Keep your TNDL in your vehicle when driving with Lyft.
Lyft will also apply to renew existing TNDL on behalf of each driver who meets the City of Calgary’s requirements. In order to renew your TNDL, you will have to obtain a new Police Information Check issued in the past 60 days. If your previous TNDL has expired for more than 30 days, you will be required to obtain a new Police Information Check with the Vulnerable Sector Check included in order to renew it.
Driver Training Certification
After Lyft submits a TNDL application on your behalf, the city will send you a link to complete their online training course via email. You will have 30 days to complete the training upon receiving the email. All drivers need to complete the Livery Driver Training Program either online or by attending a two-day class approved by the City of Calgary in order to obtain a TNDL. If you have a valid taxi driver’s licence or TNDL and have already completed your training, additional training is not required.
Business licences for neighboring Alberta cities
Chestermere Business Licence
If you pick up passengers using the Lyft app in Chestermere, AB, you are required to get a local business Licence. You can apply online or through the mail. Find out more on the City of Chestermere's website.
Stony Plain Business Licence
If you pick up passengers using the Lyft app in Stony Plain, AB, you are required to get a local business licence. You can apply online or through the mail. Find out more on the City of Stony Plain's website.
GST number
After being approved to drive, Lyft drivers in Alberta are required to register for and remit Goods and Services Tax (GST). Learn more about GST requirements.
Emblem requirements
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.
Additionally, local regulations require that you display your Lyft emblem on your passenger side rear window if you are giving rides in Alberta.
Example of front and rear windshields for purpose of illustrating emblem placement.
Refer to the image above for placement of your Lyft emblems. Make sure to remove the emblem when you aren't in driver mode.
Image of the Lyft emblem.
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. You’re required to display your emblems, so in the meantime, you can print a temporary emblem here.
Edmonton 311 sticker
You will receive a rectangular 311 sticker in the mail, to be applied to the back of your Lyft emblem, facing the inside of your car. Learn how to apply your 311 sticker.
Alberta driver regulations
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Alberta, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
Note for Calgary drivers: If you choose to equip your vehicle with a dashcam or other recording device, you are required to inform passengers that they may be recorded.
Hourly driver mode limits
In Alberta, Lyft’s standard time limit for driver mode applies.
Best practices
  • Display all required emblems and placards
  • Always have your driver’s licence and insurance documents
  • Don't accept street hails
  • Don't accept cash for rides
  • Don't wait in taxi lines
Items to keep in your vehicle
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Vehicle Insurance
  • Valid inspection form
  • TNDL (Calgary only)
Know your insurance
Not all personal vehicle insurance policies cover driving with transportation network companies like Lyft. Check with your personal policy provider for more details.
Moving to or from Alberta
If you're already a driver elsewhere and you're moving to Alberta, contact us with the following info:
Moving from Alberta to a different Lyft region? Find your new region here to see what steps you'll need to take.

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