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Delaware Driver Information

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Apply to Drive in Delaware

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 vehicle inspection
Document Requirements
  • Driver's license
  • Delaware vehicle insurance
  • Vehicle registration
  • Vehicle inspection (in-state or out-of-state)

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

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  1. Driver's license
  2. Delaware vehicle insurance
  3. Vehicle registration
  4. Vehicle inspection
  5. Driver photo
    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. Delaware vehicle 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:

      • Issued in Delaware
      • 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. Vehicle registration

      Drivers in Delaware are required to upload a copy of their vehicle registration.

      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
    4. Vehicle inspection

      If your vehicle is registered in Delaware:

      Vehicle models more than 5 model years old

      If your car is registered in Delaware and is older than five model years (i.e. any vehicle older than a 2012 model), snap a photo of your rear Delaware license plate with a valid expiration date sticker and upload it to the Proof of Inspection field in the Dashboard. See acceptable sample image below.

      Vehicle models less than 5 model years old

      If your car is registered in Delaware and is less than 5 model years old (i.e. any vehicle newer than a 2012 model), snap a photo of your Delaware Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) and upload it to the Proof of Inspection field in the Dashboard. The VIR is printed out for you at the DMV after you get your car inspected. See sample image below.

      If your vehicle is registered outside of Delaware:

      Out-of-state vehicles with more than 10,000 miles must show proof of a state inspection. Please upload your state inspection in the Dashboard.

    5. 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.

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.

Document Renewals

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

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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.
      • 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.

Hands-Free Laws

Drivers giving rides in Delaware must abide by the hands-free cell phone laws - which say that you must use a hands-free device when you are talking on a cell phone. You are also banned from using a PDA, laptops, or any other electronic device while operating your car.

Defensive Driving Course

Although not a requirement to drive in Delaware, the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles offers a Defensive Driving Program. A list of companies that offer approved defensive driving courses in Delaware can be found here.

Lienholder Disclosure

If the vehicle you use to provide Lyft rides has a lien against it, you're required to notify the lienholder that you are using the vehicle to give Lyft rides. Using a vehicle with a lien against it to give Lyft rides may violate your contract with the lienholder.

Office of Public Carrier Regulation

The Office of Public Carrier Regulation has asked us to inform you that any person conducting business in the State of Delaware may be required to obtain a Delaware business license from the Delaware Division of Revenue. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Delaware Division of Revenue at 302-577-8778 or http://revenue.delaware.gov/.

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