This page provides information about vehicle, driver, and document requirements to drive with Lyft in British Columbia.
To apply to drive in British Columbia, 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.
- What you need to drive with Lyft in British Columbia
- Driver education sessions
- British Columbia driver regulations
- Know your insurance
- In-person support
- Moving to or from British Columbia
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.
- 2011 or newer
- British Columbia licence plate
- 4 doors
- 5-8 seats, including the driver's
- Not on the list of ineligible subcompact vehicles
- Not a taxi or stretch limousine
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- Valid class 1, 2 or 4 commercial driver’s licence
- 21 or older
- 3 years driving history in British Columbia
- Pass an annual driver screening, which includes a review of your driving history and criminal background check.
- Any smartphone that can download and run the Lyft Driver app. See phone software recommendations.
Rideshare drivers in British Columbia are required to have a class 1, 2, or 4 commercial driver’s licence. Class 4 commercial driver’s licences 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.
See the ICBC’s website for full instructions on how to get your commercial driver’s licence, as well as a list of testing locations.
The application process requires that you:
- Pass a written knowledge test
- Pass a pre-trip inspection and road test
- Pay a licence issuance fee
- Complete a driver medical exam
Note: Fees for the written test, pre-trip inspection, and licence issuance are charged by ICBC. Medical exam fee is charged by the doctor.
- Driver profile photo: Learn how to take the best photo.
- ICBC vehicle registration
- Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report
- Police Information and Vulnerable Sector Check
- Proof of work eligibility
- Commercial driving record
- GST account number
Rideshare Drivers in British Columbia are required to provide an ICBC vehicle registration document.
See the ICBC website for instructions to get your vehicle registration.
To prevent delays, make sure your registration document is valid (not expired), and matches the vehicle on file with Lyft.
Rideshare drivers in British Columbia are required to obtain and provide a British Columbia Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report.
Inspections must be renewed annually if your vehicle has less than 40,000 KM in the previous year, or every 6 months if your vehicle has more than 40,000 KM.
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:
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 matches your driver’s licence
- Signature and date signed are completed on all pages
- Has all results filled out
- Has 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 document must contain your name, and can be any of the following (click the name for a sample image):
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:
- Visit the ICBC website to request your Commercial driving record document.
- Under ‘Select the document(s) you need,’ choose ‘Commercial driving record (National Safety Code abstract).’
- In the 'Email (optional)' field, enter email@example.com, 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:
After being approved to drive, rideshare drivers in British Columbia are required to register for, and remit, Goods and Services tax (GST).
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:
Lyft Canada, Inc.
555 Burrard St
Canada V7X 1M8
Learn how to get your Class 4 licence and all about driving with Lyft at one of our education sessions around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
Weekday, evening, and weekend sessions are available. Please note that space is limited.
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
- Daily pre-trip inspection
- Record Check Certificate
- Accommodation of guide and service animals
- Best practices
In British Columbia, drivers may not drive for more than 13 hours or be active on the app for longer than 15 hours without taking at least an 8 consecutive hour break.
Lyft regulations allow drivers to be in driver mode for a maximum of 12 hours a day regardless of regional regulations.
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;
- Parking brake;
- Steering mechanism;
- Lighting devices and reflectors;
- Windshield wipers;
- Rear vision mirrors;
- Coupling devices;
- Wheels and rims;
- Emergency equipment;
- 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 'Vehicle'
- 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 a SMS code) and driver's licence number
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.
- Review Lyft's service animal policy here
- Review British Columbia's guide and service animal policy here
- Display all required emblems and placards
- Always keep your driver’s licence, 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
- Review Lyft's insurance policy here.
- View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance.
Based on guidance from public health officials, Lyft Hub locations are closed until further notice.
If you have any questions, select 'Contact Us' below to get in touch with our Support team.
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:
- The date you're moving
- Your new shipping address
- Clear photos of your:
Moving from British Columbia to a different province? Find your new market here to see what steps you’ll need to take.