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    Washington Driver Information

    If you're a driver in Seattle, King County, or Tacoma, visit this page instead.
    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 Washington.
    To apply to drive in Washington, 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.
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    What you need to drive with Lyft in Washington

    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. To add documents in the app, tap 'Account' in the main menu, then 'Documents.
    Vehicle requirements
    • 2010 or newer: Seattle and Tacoma
    • 2007 or newer: All other cities
    • 4 doors
    • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
    • Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt, or any other equivalent classification
    • Not a taxi, stretch limousine, or non-Express Drive rental vehicle
    For all Seattle, Tacoma, and King’s County requirements, see this page.
    See if your car qualifies for Lyft Lux or Lyft Lux Black to earn more on each ride.
    In select cities, you can rent a car through Express Drive with standard insurance included. Rental vehicles must be rented through the Express Drive program to be approved for use on the Lyft platform.
    Driver requirements
    • Valid driver’s license — Temporary or out-of-state licenses are also acceptable.
      • In Seattle, only Washington driver's licenses are accepted.
    • You must be 25 years or older to drive.
    • Pass a driver screening, which reviews your driving history and criminal background check. Learn more about Washington's background check standards.
    • Any smartphone that can download and run the Lyft Driver app. See phone software recommendations.
    • Drivers in Bellingham are required to obtain a business registration. Apply for your Bellingham business registration either in person or online by following these steps.
    Document requirements
    The following insurance types are not accepted:
    • For-Hire insurance
    • Commercial insurance
    • Commercial insurance certificate
    • Declaration page
    TNC Driver Fitness Self-Certification
    Washington drivers must self-certify they are physically and mentally fit to drive. You can self-certify in the app by opening the main menu and tapping 'Account,' then 'Documents.'
    Business license
    The city or county where you live may require you to obtain a business license. Refer to your local city or county's website for these requirements. Keep your business license in your vehicle in case the authorities ask to see it.
    Select a city for local requirements:
    Bellingham Business Registration
    Drivers in Bellingham are required to obtain and upload a copy of their business registration.
    Apply for your Bellingham business registration either in person or online by following these steps.
    Example business license for the city of Bellingham, WA (BLI).
    Kennewick Business License
    If you pick up passengers using the Lyft app in Kennewick, WA you are required to get a local business license if you have gross revenues in excess of twelve thousand dollars ($12,000) per year from business activities. You can apply online and learn more by following the link below.
    Note: If you estimate to generate less than $12,000 per year, you are not required to register with the Washington State Department of Revenue and are exempt from seeking a city business license and paying a license fee, but in computing gross revenue, revenue from outside the City must be included. Proof of income shown by filed federal and/or state tax returns from the prior year must be maintained and presented upon demand to the City of Kennewick Finance Department.
    Longview Business License
    If you pick up passengers using the Lyft app in Longview, WA, you are required to get a local business license. You can apply online and learn more by following this link:
    Pasco Business License
    In order to be approved to drive in Pasco, applicants are required to obtain a Pasco business license.
    Follow these steps to get your Pasco business license:
    1. Upload your driver’s license, vehicle insurance and vehicle registration in the Lyft Driver App.
    2. Wait for your Lyft Background Check to complete. You’ll see a green checkmark in the app which will indicate it’s complete.
    3. Print and fill out this license application.
    4. Once you’ve been approved to drive, Lyft will send you a confirmation email titled “Congrats! You’re Approved - Next Steps.” Print out this email and include it with your permit application. (If you cannot locate this email, prepare to show your driver app to the licensing office in Step 7.)
    5. Follow the steps outlined here in order to obtain your Washington State business license online. Provide proof of your WA state business license UBI number with your permit application.
    6. Permit applications must also include a legible copy of your Washington state driver’s license.
    7. Visit the Pasco licensing office to submit your permit application and pay the $40 application fee to the City of Pasco. Make sure to bring your Washington state driver’s license, Lyft approval email (or active Lyft Driver app), Washington state business license (UBI), and proof of vehicle insurance with you to the licensing office.City of Pasco525 N 3rd Ave Pasco, WA 99301Tuesday - Friday 8AM - 5PM(509) 545-3402
    8. Once you have your Pasco TNC driver permit and are approved to drive with Lyft, you’ll be set to hit the road.
    Already have a Pasco business license? No need to get another one. Once you’re approved to drive with Lyft you’re all set to hit the road.
    Richland Business License
    If you pick up passengers using the Lyft app in Richland, WA you are required to get a local business license. You can apply online and learn more by following this link:
    Thurston County Business License (Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey & Yelm)
    If you pick up passengers using the Lyft app in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey or Yelm you are required to get a local business license. You can apply online and learn more by following these links:
    Yakima Business License
    In order to be approved to drive in Yakima, applicants are required to obtain a Yakima business license.
    Follow these steps to get your Yakima business license:
    1. Upload your driver’s license, vehicle insurance and vehicle registration in the Lyft Driver App.
    2. Wait for your Lyft Background Check to complete. You’ll see a green checkmark in the app which will indicate it’s complete.
    3. All Lyft drivers must obtain a local business license. First, you must obtain a Washington State business license through the Washington State Department of Revenue. Follow the steps outlined here in order to obtain your Washington State business license online. Note: You may also apply for this license in person at the local office located at:3703 River Road #3Yakima, WA 98902
    4. After obtaining your Washington State business license, all Lyft drivers must apply in-person for a Yakima business license. Visit Yakima City Hall to apply for your business license and pay the $42.90 application fee to the City of Yakima (prorated to $21.45 after June 30). For identification purposes make sure to bring your driver’s license and Washington state business license (UBI) with you to the licensing office. The office is located at:Yakima City Hall129 N 2nd Street2nd FloorYakima, WA 9890Monday - Friday, 8:30AM - 5PM
    5. Once you have your Yakima business license and are approved to drive with Lyft you’ll be set to hit the road.
    Already have a Yakima business license? No need to get another one. Once you’re approved to drive with Lyft you’re all set to hit the road.
    Emblem requirements
    Drivers are encouraged to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.
    Shows where to place Lyft emblem on front windshield.
    The Lyft emblem should be displayed in the lower corner of your windshield on the passenger side every time you enter driver mode. Make sure to remove the emblem when you are not in driver mode.
    Image of the Lyft emblem.
    If you’ve just been approved to drive, you should receive your Lyft emblem shortly. If you didn't get one or need a new one, place an order in your Lyft Driver app or Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.

    Washington driver regulations

    Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Washington, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
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    Hourly driver mode limits
    In Washington, Lyft’s standard time limit for driver mode applies.
    Washington background check standards policy
    Individuals in the state of Washington may be ineligible to drive on the Lyft platform if their background check results reveal:
    • More than three minor driving violations in the last three years, such as:
      • Traffic light violations
      • Minor speeding tickets
      • Minor traffic violations
      • Non-injury accidents
    • One major driving violation in the last three years, such as:
      • Driving while license is suspended or revoked
      • Serious speeding violations
    • One serious driving violation in the last seven years, such as:
      • Reckless driving
      • Hit & run
      • Racing
      • Accident involving injury
      • Attempting to evade law enforcement
      • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or refusing to submit to a chemical test
    • Any of the following criminal convictions in the last seven years:
      • Felony drug offenses
      • Fraud
      • Theft
      • Property damage
    • Any of the following criminal convictions at any time:
      • Homicide (murder, manslaughter, unintentional killing)
      • Terrorism and terroristic threats
      • Serious obstruction of justice (treason, violation of protection order, failure to register as a sex offender)
      • Serious theft and property offenses (robbery, burglary, carjacking, arson)
      • Any sexual offense (rape, sexual assault, prostitution, child pornography)
      • Assault offenses (battery, strangulation, domestic violence)
      • Child and elder abuse (abandonment, endangering welfare of children)
      • Harassment offenses (blackmail, hate crimes, stalking, threats)
      • Kidnapping offenses (abduction, false imprisonment, human trafficking)
      • Weapons offenses
    Best practices
    • Display all required emblems and placards
    • Always have your driver’s license and insurance document
    • Follow all airport rules
    • Don't accept street hails
    • Don't accept cash for rides
    • Don't wait in taxi lines

    Know your insurance

    Review Lyft's coverage here.

    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.

    Moving to or from Washington

    If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Washington, send us a message with the following info:
    • The date you're moving
    • Your new shipping address
    • A clear photo of your vehicle registration
    If you're a driver in Seattle, King County, or Tacoma, visit this page instead.
    Moving from Washington to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you’ll need to take.

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