This page provides information about vehicle, driver, and document requirements to drive with Lyft in British Columbia.
Heads up: Three years of driving history in BC or ON are required to drive in Metro Vancouver.
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.
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.
The application process requires that you:
Pass a written knowledge test
Pass a pre-trip inspection and road test
Pay a license issuance fee
Complete a driver medical exam
Note: Fees for the written test, pre-trip inspection, and license issuance are charged by ICBC. The medical exam fee is charged by the doctor.
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.
Inspections must be renewed annually when your vehicle has traveled less than 40,000 KM in the previous year, or every 6 months if your vehicle has traveled more than 40,000 KM in the previous year
To prevent delays, make sure your Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report:
Has a decal expiry date
Shows decal in the top right corner
All car information is completed
All inspection results are filled out
Matches 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:
Police Information and Vulnerable Sector Check
Rideshare drivers in British Columbia are required to pass a Police Information and Vulnerable Sector Check.
To get a Police Information and Vulnerable Sector Check, visit your local RCMP detachment or local police agency. Make sure to bring two current forms of government I.D. (one of the I.D.’s must have your photo).
To prevent delays, make sure your Police Information and Vulnerable Sector Check:
Indicates that you are requesting a Vulnerable Sector Check
Name and date of birth match your driver’s license
Signature and date signed are completed on all pages
Have all results filled out
Have all pages uploaded
Once you’ve obtained the results of your Police Information and Vulnerable Sector Check, upload the front and back separately in your Driver app or Dashboard.
Example Police Information and Vulnerable Sector Check documents:
If you’re asked to fill out a reason for your application, you can include the following information on your form:
Name of Agency/Organization: Lyft Canada Inc.
Agency Contact Person: Lyft Canada Inc.
Local Address: 595 Burrard Street, P.O. Box 49314, Suite 2600, Three Bentall Centre, Vancouver BC, V7X 1L3 Canada
Phone number: (415) 475-8459
Proof of work eligibility
Proof of work eligibility document must contain your name, and can be any of the following (click the name for a sample image):
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, then click ‘Submit’ to send your doc for review.
Please 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 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, contact us. In the meantime, you may print a temporary emblem. If you’re removed from the platform or no longer wish to drive with Lyft, please return your trade dress emblem to Lyft at our Hub location, or by mail to:
Driver education sessions
Learn how to get your Class 4 license and all about driving with Lyft at one of our online education sessions. Morning and evening sessions are available.
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 sidebar menu
Tap 'See details'
Tap 'Vehicle documents'
Select your vehicle
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
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.
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: