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New Jersey Driver Requirements

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Apply to Drive in New Jersey

Applicant Requirement Checklist

Driver Requirements
  • Age 21+
  • Pass DMV check
  • Pass background check
Vehicle Requirements
  • 2004 or newer
  • Pass vehicle inspection
Document Requirements
  • Driver's license
  • Vehicle insurance

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Application Step-by-Step

1. Start an Application

Apply to drive with Lyft.

2. Take Photos of Your Documents

Take photos of each of the documents below. You'll be given access to the Dashboard when you meet with a Lyft representative.

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

  • Driver's license

    Drivers are required to have a 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

 

  • Personal 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:

    • 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. Schedule Your Lyft Inspection

In the application process, you will be prompted to schedule a training session, which also includes a Lyft vehicle inspection.

4. 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 your documents and completed your vehicle inspection.
  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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After You're Approved

Upload Your State Vehicle Inspection Sticker

Upload a photo of your state vehicle inspection sticker and a copy of your vehicle registration in the Dashboard.

Depending on what state your vehicle is registered in, follow either the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or New York vehicle inspection sticker photo instructions below.

New Jersey State Inspection Sticker

  1. Get out of your car and face the front windshield on the driver side.
  2. Look for a sticker titled “New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Vehicle Inspection” OR “New Jersey New Vehicle Dealer Inspection” on your front windshield.
  3. Snap a photo of your New Jersey vehicle inspection sticker. Double check your photo looks like one of the sample images below.
  4. Upload your New Jersey vehicle inspection sticker photo to the Dashboard.
  OR  

Pennsylvania State Inspection Sticker

  1. Get out of your car and face the front windshield on the driver side.
  2. Look for your Pennsylvania vehicle inspection sticker titled “Annual Windshield Sticker.”
  3. Snap a photo of the “Annual Windshield Sticker”. Double check your photo looks like one of the sample images below.
  4. Upload your Pennsylvania vehicle inspection sticker photo to the Dashboard.
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 OR

New York State Inspection Sticker

  1. Get out of your car and face the front windshield on the driver side.
  2. Look for your New York State vehicle inspection sticker titled “New York Safety/Emissions Inspection Certificate.”
  3. Snap a photo of the “New York Safety/Emissions Inspection Certificate.”
  4. Double check your photo looks like the sample image below.
  5. Upload your New York vehicle inspection sticker photo to the Dashboard.
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Upload Your Vehicle Registration

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

To prevent delays, 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

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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.

Please note, if you are a driver in New Jersey, you will not be able to receive ride requests in New York City. If you would like to switch your driver region, reach out to us.

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.

Document Renewals

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

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