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Alabama Driver Requirements

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Apply to Drive in Alabama

Applicant Requirement Checklist

Driver Requirements
  • Age 21+
  • Pass DMV check
  • Pass background check
Vehicle Requirements
  • 2005 or newer (Birmingham and Huntsville only: 2007 or newer)
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
Document Requirements
  • Driver's license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Vehicle inspection form

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. Vehicle inspection form (Mobile only)

    Drivers in Mobile are required to have a vehicle inspection before becoming approved to drive.

    • Print the form.
    • Visit a licensed mechanic. Bring the form to a licensed mechanic and have your vehicle inspected.
    • Upload the form. Upload a photo of the completed form in the Dashboard.
  2. 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
  3. Vehicle registration

    Drivers in Alabama 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
    • Contain make, model, VIN, and owner of the vehicle
    • Images and text clearly legible in the photo
    • All four corners visible in the photo
  4. 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.

  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 necessary documents listed above.
  2. You have certified through the app that your vehicle qualifies for Lyft.
  3. You have passed your DMV and background checks (they can take anywhere from days to weeks to complete).
  4. Lyft has processed all of your documents and photos.

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After You're Approved

Get Your Vehicle Inspected (Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa)

Get your vehicle inspected annually by a licensed mechanic using this inspection form. Refer to the table below to see how many days after becoming a driver you have to get your inspection.

If your market is not listed here, you do not need to obtain a vehicle inspection.

City Time Limit Type of Inspection
Birmingham 30 days Licensed mechanic
Huntsville 30 days ASE-certified mechanic
Montgomery 15 days Licensed mechanic
Tuscaloosa 30 days Licensed mechanic

Instructions for having your vehicle inspected:

  • Print the form.
  • Visit a licensed mechanic. Bring the form to a licensed mechanic and have your vehicle inspected.
  • Upload the form. Upload a photo of the completed form in the Dashboard.

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Get Set to Drive

Set Your Vehicle up Correctly

windshield setup

Lyft trade dress emblem

Lyft emblem

Drivers are required 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.

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.

Driver Mode Limits

Drivers may not drive more than 12 hours within a 24 hour period

Birmingham Business License

Any person conducting business within the City of Birmingham is required to obtain a business license from the Birmingham Finance Department. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Birmingham Finance Department at 205-254-2198 or http://www.birminghamal.gov.

Montgomery

To contact the City of Montgomery's Risk Management Department, please call (334) 625-2298 or email jhicks@montgomeryal.gov.

Montgomery Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

If you’re interested in providing wheelchair accessible rides in Montgomery, and have a vehicle which can accommodate wheelchairs, please let us know.

Document Renewals

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

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