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Toronto and Greater Toronto Driver Information

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 Toronto.

To apply to drive in Toronto, 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 these requirements.

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

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What you need to drive with Lyft in Toronto

Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.

Use your Lyft Driver app or Driver Dashboard to upload your documents.

Vehicle requirements

  • 2012 or newer
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
  • Snow or all-weather tires
  • Not on the list of ineligible subcompact vehicles
  • Not a taxi or stretch limousine
  • Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification

See if your car qualifies for Lyft Lux or Lyft Lux Black to earn more on each ride.

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. Failure to have snow or all-weather tires may result in a fine.

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Driver requirements

  • Valid Ontario driver’s licence —Driver’s licence must be Class G or higher and issued in Ontario. Temporary licences are acceptable (example).
  • 21 or older
  • Pass a driver screening, which reviews your driving history and criminal background check. Learn more about driver screenings.
  • Any smartphone that can download and run the Lyft Driver app. See phone software recommendations.
Driver's licence

Here's driver's licence example:

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Document requirements

Vehicle registration

Here's a vehicle registration example:

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Personal insurance

Here's a personal insurance example:

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Vehicle inspection

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 your SSC in your vehicle while driving with Lyft.

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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Preferred mechanics for vehicle inspections

Lyft drivers receive a discounted rate of $80 + HST for vehicle inspections at all Canadian Tire locations.

Brampton

Cars R Us Inc
7 Hansen Rd S, Brampton, ON L6W 3H6
(905) 455-3311
($60 including taxes)

Mississauga

Safechq
www.safechq.com
($60 including taxes)

North York

MF Auto Inc
9 Milvan Drive Unit 1 B (Plaza Latina), North York, ON M9L 1Y9
(647) 854-1224 or (416) 901-8551
($60 including taxes)

Scarborough

A1 Auto Mechanic
170 Nantucket Blvd #1, Scarborough, ON M1P 4R6
(647) 436-7944 
($60 including taxes)

Kaizen Auto Repairs
85 Nantucket Blvd #5, Scarborough, ON M1P 2N4
(416) 759-3553
($60 including taxes)

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PTC driver’s licence

Lyft drivers in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area are required to obtain a Private Transportation Company (PTC) driver’s licence. Lyft will apply for the licence on behalf of each driver. Drivers who meet the City of Toronto’s requirements will be issued a PTC driver’s licence and be approved to drive on Lyft’s platform. Your PTC driver’s licence will be accessible in-app through the waybill.

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HST Account Number

Lyft drivers in Canada are required to register for, and remit, harmonized sales tax (HST). To learn how to register, click here, and to learn more about HST requirements, click here.

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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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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.

windshield setup

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.

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. In the mean time, you may print a temporary emblem.

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Toronto driver regulations

Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Toronto, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.

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Hourly driver mode limits

In Toronto, Lyft’s standard time limit for driver mode applies.

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Best practices

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Items to keep in your vehicle

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

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Know your insurance

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

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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.

Locate a Hub in your area

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Moving to or from Toronto

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

Please note, vehicles in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area must be 7 years 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.

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Need something else?

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