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Louisiana Driver Information

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Apply to Drive in Louisiana

If you're applying to be a driver in New Orleans, refer to this page instead.

Applicant Requirement Checklist

Driver Requirements
  • Age 21+
  • Pass DMV check
  • Pass background check
Vehicle Requirements
  • 2005 or newer
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
  • Pass state-approved vehicle inspection
Document Requirements
  • Driver's license
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Vehicle registration (Baton Rouge and Shreveport only)
  • Brake tag inspection sticker (Baton Rouge and Shreveport only)

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Application Step-by-Step

1. Start an Application

Apply to drive with Lyft.

2. Upload Your Documents

Take photos of each of the documents below and upload them in the Dashboard.

Document photo tips

  • Get good light. Move near a window, turn on a light, or go outside.
  • Avoid using the flash. Your camera's flash can cause a glare.
  • Find a dark background. Place your document on a solid, dark-colored background. The contrast will help your camera focus.

Required Documents

  1. Driver's license

    Drivers are required to have a valid driver's license. A temporary license is acceptable, but be sure to upload your permanent copy when you receive it.

    To prevent delays in the approval process, make sure your license meets the following criteria:

    • Current (not expired)
    • Images and text clearly legible in the photo
    • All four corners visible in the photo
  2. Personal vehicle insurance
    Insurance

    Drivers are required to have personal vehicle insurance.

    To prevent delays in the approval process, make sure your personal vehicle insurance meets the following criteria:

    • Current (not expired)
    • Your name listed
    • Match the vehicle on file with Lyft
    • Include the vehicle year, make, and model
    • Images and text clearly legible in the photo
    • All four corners visible in the photo

    See further instructions on taking an insurance photo.

  3. Driver photo
    Driver photo

    Lyft requires a photo of all drivers. Your driver photo is a passenger’s first impression of you when they request a ride.

    To prevent delays in the approval process, make sure your driver photo meets the following criteria:

    • Take your photo in a location with good light and a solid background
    • Frame your head and top of your shoulders
    • Make it look like you — no sunglasses, hats, masks, or bluetooth headsets

    See further instructions on taking a driver photo or watch the video.

  4. Vehicle registration (Baton Rouge and Shreveport only)

    Drivers in Louisiana are required to upload a copy of their registration. Temporary vehicle registration is acceptable, but be sure to upload your permanent copy when you receive it.

    To prevent delays in the approval process, make sure your vehicle registration meets the following criteria:

    • Current (not expired)
    • Match the vehicle on file with Lyft
    • Images and text clearly legible in the photo
    • All four corners visible in the photo
  5. Brake tag sticker (Baton Rouge and Shreveport only)

    Drivers are required to upload a copy of their state-issued brake tag sticker.

    To prevent delays in the approval process, make sure your brake tag meets the following criteria:

    • Current (not expired)
    • Match the vehicle on file with Lyft
    • Images and text clearly legible in the photo
    • All four corners visible in the photo
3. Become Approved

Lyft will notify you when you've been approved as a driver. Until then, you can check your application status for updates.

You'll be approved after each of the following are complete:

  1. You have uploaded all of the documents listed above.
  2. You have passed your DMV and background checks (they can take anywhere from days to weeks to complete).
  3. Lyft has processed all of your documents and photos.

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Get Set to Drive

Set Your Vehicle up Correctly

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Lyft trade dress emblem

Lyft emblem

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.

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.

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Hit the Road

You are an approved driver, your ride is decked out with all the right things in all the right places, and you’re no stranger to the ins and outs of driving with Lyft.

If you're a driver in New Orleans, refer to this page instead for city-specific policies and information.

Please note: if you are approved to drive in Louisiana, you are not permitted to drive in New Orleans. If you'd like to switch your approved driver region to New Orleans, take a look at the vehicle requirements to make sure you qualify. Then, reach out to our Support team.

Know Your Insurance Coverage

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

Avoid Citations

  • Set your vehicle up correctly every time you drive.
  • Follow all airport rules. Please note: drivers are not permitted to give Lyft rides to or from the airport in New Orleans.
  • Do not stop, park, load, or unload passengers in a travel lane or in an officially designated bus or taxi stop.
  • Do not accept street hails.
  • Do not accept cash for rides.

Document Renewals

Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents (license, registration, state inspection, insurance). Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.

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Need something else?

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