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    Driver requirements

    Thanks for your interest in joining our driver community! To drive with Lyft, applicants must meet the general driving requirements listed below.
    Applicants must also meet regional requirements and vehicle requirements. See our driver application requirements for the full list.
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    Province and city requirements

    In certain markets, drivers must meet additional province or city requirements.

    Age requirement

    The minimum age requirement to drive with Lyft ranges from 21–25 and varies by region. See your Province and City Driver Info for your area's age requirement.

    Vehicle requirements

    All Lyft vehicles are required to have 4 doors and a minimum of 5 seatbelts (including the driver's).
    Taxis and stretch limousines are not allowed on the Lyft platform. You can add a subcompact vehicle starting August 25, 2021.

    Driving history

    Some provinces and cities require you to have a valid licence for at least one year to drive with Lyft.
    • British Columbia: Three years of driving history
    • Ottawa: One year of driving history
    • Toronto and Greater Toronto: Three years of driving history

    Background check

    Lyft driver applicants must also pass a criminal background check. This is separate from the driving record check.
    Lyft uses a third-party company, Checkr, to review records. If anything is out of order with your background check documents you'll get a notification on the app.
    Lyft reviews the results of these checks and disqualifies applicants who don’t meet Lyft standards and local regulations.
    Applicants aren’t able to drive on the Lyft platform if the background check results include a conviction for any of the following:
    • Violent crime
    • Drug-related offense
    • DUI
    • Sexual offense
    • Fraud offense
    • Certain theft or property damage offense
    Lyft conducts background checks annually and can disqualify a driver at any time if the background check shows a disqualifying offense. Lyft can also disqualify drivers for any safety-related reasons.
    If you don’t pass your background check, we’ll email you with your results. You can also log in to the Checkr applicant portal to check your record.
    Please be patient while we process your application. It may take several weeks for Lyft to receive background check results.

    Driving record check

    Lyft driver applicants must pass a driving record check. Lyft reviews the results of these checks with a third-party company. We check everyone's driving record each year to make sure it's updated. Lyft enrolls active drivers into continuous record check monitoring, which notifies us of new violations.
    Lyft disqualifies applicants who don’t meet Lyft standards and local regulations. Applicants aren’t able to drive on the Lyft platform if any of the following are on your driving record:
    • Eight or more demerit points
    • A conviction in the past five years for:
      • impaired or dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
      • failure to stop at the scene of a collision
      • careless driving
      • driving with a suspended licence
    Local requirements may have different standards for ridesharing.
    Lyft can disqualify a driver at any time if their driving record shows any reasons listed above. Lyft can also disqualify drivers for any safety-related reason.
    If you don’t pass your driving record check, we’ll email you with your results. You can also log in to the Checkr applicant portal to check your record.

    Driver's licence, licence plates, and insurance

    You’ll need the following documents:
    • Valid driver's licence
    • Valid license plates with current registration (commercial plates are also acceptable)
    • Current valid insurance policy
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