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 Minneapolis/St.Paul.
If you’re a driver or are applying to drive in Minnesota, visit this page instead.
What you need to drive with Lyft in Minneapolis/St.Paul
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.
2008 or newer (Vehicles from 2008-2013 must have less than 150K mileage.)
5-8 seats, including the driver's
Not a taxi, stretch limousine, or non-Express Drive rental vehicle
Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification
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. *If you only have a temporary license, take a side-by-side photo of your old driver's license next to the temporary license. See example.
Drivers are required to pass a vehicle inspection before being approved to drive. Approved drivers will need an updated vehicle inspection annually.
When visiting an approved inspection location, use this form. Inspection cost varies depending on the area and facility. Once completed, upload your inspection form to the Lyft Driver app. Keep a current inspection form in your vehicle at all times while in driver mode.
To upload your inspection form:
Inspections are valid until the marked expiration date. If no expiration date is marked, Lyft will require a new inspection to be done one year after the inspection date.
Local regulations require that all Lyft drivers display two Lyft emblems while in driver mode. One goes on the lower corner of your windshield, another one in the lower corner of your rear windshield. Make sure yours are always visible to your passengers.
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 Lyft Driver app or Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.
Minneapolis/St.Paul driver regulations
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Minneapolis/St.Paul, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
Hourly driver mode limits
By submitting an application to drive in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, you consent to a criminal history and driving record background check conducted on an audit basis by the City of St. Paul or the City of Minneapolis.
Always have your driver’s license, insurance document, and completed inspection form
Don't accept street hails
Don't accept cash for rides
Don't wait in taxi lines
Review Lyft's coverage here.
For Lyft drivers in the state of Minnesota, from the time you turn on the app, until you accept a ride, Lyft provides primary liability coverage with a $50,000 maximum limit for per person, $100,000 maximum limit for per accident, and $30,000 maximum limit for property damage. From the time you accept a ride until you drop off a passenger, Lyft’s primary liability coverage covers up to $1.5 million. That’s at a combined single limit, including bodily injury, property damage, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Lyft also provides Personal Injury Protection (PIP) from the time you turn on the app until you drop off a passenger.
Your personal auto insurance policy may not provide coverage while you are giving Lyft rides or logged into the app in driver mode, depending on the terms of the policy.
Using a vehicle with a lien against it to give rides on the Lyft platform may violate your contract with the lienholder.
Moving to or from Minneapolis/St.Paul
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Minneapolis/St.Paul, contact us with the following info. If you're moving to any other city in Minnesota, follow the steps here instead.
*If you originally submitted vehicle insurance when you became a driver, you do not need to send it again.
Moving from Minneapolis/St.Paul to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you’ll need to take.