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Minnesota Driver Requirements

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Apply to Drive in Minnesota

If you're applying to be a driver in Minneapolis/St. Paul, click here.

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
Document Requirements
  • Driver's license
  • Vehicle insurance

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.

If you're applying to be a driver in Minneapolis/St. Paul, follow the steps here instead.

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.

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 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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Get Set to Drive

Set Your Vehicle up Correctly

windshield setup

Lyft trade dress emblem

Lyft emblem

Drivers are strongly 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.

Best Tips to 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.

Know Your Insurance Coverage

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

Disclosures

  • Your automobile insurance policy might not provide any coverage while you're logged in as a driver and are available to receive ride requests, or while engaged in a Lyft ride, depending on its terms.
  • Using a vehicle with a lien against the vehicle to provide transportation network services may violate your contract with the lienholder.

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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