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Toronto and Greater Toronto Driver Information

Make sure to follow these guidelines when giving rides in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.

Heads up: one year of driving history is required to drive in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.

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If you're applying to become a driver in Toronto, check out the application steps.


Hub address and hours

Need in-person help? Head to the Toronto Hub from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. There will be 20-minute onboarding sessions hosted at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm.

Here's the address:

  • 42 Hayden St.
  • Toronto, ON, M4Y 1V8

There are multiple parking lots around the Hub and we will validate for parking at the Green P Garage on Hayden Street. We are also a one minute walk from the Bloor-Yonge Subway Station.

Get Set to Drive

PTC driver's license and HST Account Number

  • PTC Driver's License: Lyft drivers in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area are required to obtain a Private Transportation Company (PTC) driver’s license. Lyft will apply for the license on behalf of each driver. Drivers who meet the City of Toronto’s requirements will be issued a PTC driver’s license and be approved to drive on Lyft’s platform. Your PTC driver’s license will be accessible in-app through the waybill.
  • HST Business Number: Lyft drivers in Canada are required to register for, and remit, harmonized sales tax (HST). To learn more about HST requirements, click here.

Set Your Vehicle up Correctly

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Lyft Trade Dress Emblem

Lyft emblem

Drivers are required to display two Lyft emblems while in driver mode. Refer to the image above for where to place your Lyft emblems. 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, place an order in your Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.

Vehicle inspections

To drive with Lyft in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, your vehicle must pass an annual inspection and receive a Safety Standards Certificate (SSC).

Complete the inspection at one of our preferred mechanic locations (listed below) or at a mechanic near you. Make sure the mechanic is licensed by the Ministry of Transportation and can issue an SSC.

You must upload a photo of your SSC to Lyft within 36 days of the inspection. If you already have an SSC, you can submit it as long as the inspection was completed within the past 36 days. Be sure to keep you SSC in you vehicle while driving with Lyft.

Prefered mechanics for vehicle inspections

We’ve arranged partnerships for Lyft drivers to secure discounted rates for an SSC inspection.

Canadian Tire
At all 45 locations in Greater Toronto Area
$80 CAD per inspection
AAMCO
3 locations in the Greater Toronto Area
$54.95 CAD per inspection
AAMCO of Concord
8600 Keele Street, Concord ON, L4K 4H8
(905) 660-6560
AAMCO of Kitchener
227 Manitou Drive Unit #4, Kitchener ON, N2C 1L4
(519) 748-2022
AAMCO of Whitby
305 Hopkins Street, Whitby ON, L1N2C1
(905) 720-2222

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Hit the Road

You are an approved driver, your ride is decked out with all the right things in all the right places, and you’re no stranger to the ins and outs of driving with Lyft.

Know Your Insurance Coverage

  • Review Lyft's insurance policy here.
  • View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance.

Items to Keep in Your Vehicle

  • Valid SSC inspection form
  • PTC Driver’s License Number (available through in-app waybill)

Tips and Best Practices

  • Follow all airport rules.
  • Set your vehicle up correctly every time you drive.
  • Do not accept street hails.
  • Do not accept cash for rides.
  • Do not wait in taxi lines.
  • If you run into any issues on the road, let us know.

Snow Tires

Lyft drivers in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area are required to have snow or all-weather tires on their vehicles from December 1 to April 30.

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Updating Your Driver Profile

Document Renewals

Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents (license, registration, insurance, and SSC). Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.

Moving to or From Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area as an Existing Lyft Driver

If you're already a driver in a different location, and you're moving to Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area, send us a message with the following info:

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address
  • Photos of each of the documents listed below

Please note, vehicles in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area must be from 2010 or newer.

Moving from Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area to a different Lyft region? Find your new region here to see what steps you'll need to take.

Document requirements

  • Driver's license: must be Class G or higher and issued in Ontario
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  • Insurance: must match the vehicle on file
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  • Vehicle registration must match the vehicle on file
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  • Safety Standards Certificate (SSC): must match the vehicle on file and be no more than 36 days old. Keep a copy of your SSC in the vehicle while driving on the Lyft platform.
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  • Proof of work eligibility: must contain your name — can be any of the following (click the name for a sample image):

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