This page provides information about vehicle and document requirements, state regulations, insurance coverage, and city-specific requirements, needed to drive with Lyft in the state of Oregon.
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Oregon, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
- Apply to drive
- Vehicle requirements
- Emblem & placard requirements
- Document & inspection requirements
- Oregon driver regulations
- Hourly driver mode limits
- Insurance coverage
- In-person support (Lyft Hubs)
- Moving to or from Oregon
If you’re applying to drive in Portland, see the application steps.
If you're applying to drive in any other city in Oregon, see the application steps.
All vehicles must be have 4 doors, and 5-8 seats, including the driver's.
Vehicles must be 2004 or newer, unless you’re in one of the following cities:
- Portland: 2009 or newer
- Medford: 2003 or newer
Portland drivers are required to keep a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and phone mount in their vehicle. These items will be provided for drivers when they visit the Lyft Hub or one of our certified inspection locations. Appointments can be scheduled from the Driver Dashboard.
Eugene drivers are required to keep a first aid kit and phone mount in their vehicle.
If you drive in Portland, local laws require drivers to display two Lyft emblems when in driver mode: one on the front windshield and the other on the rear windshield. See the image below for placement instructions. Failure to display your Lyft emblems may result in citations or a fine, so make sure to display them every time you drive with Lyft.
Heads up: Drivers must also clearly write their Portland Business License number on each trade dress emblem they display.
You will still need to display a rear emblem even if you have a tinted rear windshield.
If you drive in any other Oregon city, you’re required to display one Lyft emblem on your front windshield while in driver mode, as seen in the image below.
Select the temporary emblem below to open in a new window so you can print them out.
Our emblems use a non-permanent adhesive, which can easily be removed.
After you’re approved to drive, your Lyft emblems will arrive within 1-2 weeks. If you didn't get your emblems or need new ones, place an order in your Dashboard. You can also print temporary emblems while waiting for the official ones to arrive, or pick up emblems at the Portland Hub.
Keep a Lyft emblem displayed at all times while giving Lyft rides at any Oregon airport.
If you’re giving a non-Lyft ride at the airport, make sure to remove your Lyft emblem before entering airport property.
View driving requirements for specific airports in Oregon.
Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.
Use the Driver Dashboard to upload your documents up to 31 days before they expire.
- Driver photo
- Driver’s license
- Vehicle registration
- Personal vehicle insurance
- Vehicle inspection
- Business license
- Portland City Quiz
Lyft requires a photo of all drivers. Your driver photo is a passenger’s first impression of you when they request a ride. See tips for taking a great profile photo.
Drivers are required to have a valid driver's license. A temporary license is acceptable, but drivers must provide their permanent copy when they receive it.
Unless driving in Eugene, drivers must provide proof of vehicle registration and keep a non-digital copy of their vehicle registration in their vehicle. Vehicle registration expires annually.
Acceptable temporary registration documents in Portland
If you're in Portland and waiting for your permanent registration, we accept the following temporary documents. Select a document to see an example image:
- Temporary Vehicle Tag (Trip Permit)
- Notice of Transaction Submitted (from DMV/Dealer)
- Application for Title and Registration (from DMV/Dealer)
- Secure Odometer Disclosure (from DMV/Dealer)
- Permanent Registration Card in Progress
Drivers are required to have personal vehicle insurance and keep a non-digital copy of their personal insurance in their vehicle. Personal vehicle insurance plans vary, and must be updated before your policy’s expiration date.
Portland insurance requirements
Portland drivers must keep a non-digital copy of the TNC insurance in their vehicle. Print a copy of the insurance here.
TNC drivers are not required to purchase or maintain an insurance policy that provides TNC coverage. Insurance maintained by the TNC does not include collision coverage for affiliated TNC drivers unless the policy secured and maintained by the TNC expressly states otherwise.
Drivers' personal insurance may be subject to cancellation or may not provide coverage because a driver uses a vehicle in connection with a TNC. Insurance coverage is provided by the TNC on a primary basis from the first dollar of every claim unless a policy secured by the TNC expressly states otherwise.
Lyft drivers will not receive any material benefit or incentive of any kind from Lyft for securing personal TNC insurance coverage. Effective January 2nd, 2016, one year of driving experience in the United States is sufficient to meet the minimum requirement for Lyft applicant driving experience.
Drivers are required to have a vehicle inspection before becoming approved to drive, and annually thereafter.
To find an inspection location, schedule an appointment, or upload your inspection document, see the Driver Dashboard.
First-time applicants in Portland must visit the Lyft Hub or schedule an appointment at one of our certified inspection locations from the Dashboard prior to being approved. Inspection appointments commonly take 15-20 minutes. Bring your vehicle and all of the documents listed below:
- Driver's license
- Vehicle registration
- Personal vehicle insurance
- Business license (if you don’t have one, you can get one at the Hub)
The city or county where you live may require you to obtain a business license. Refer to your local city or county's website for these requirements.
Keep your business license in your vehicle in case the authorities ask to see it.
Select a city for local requirements:
As a reminder, drivers must clearly write their Portland Business License number on each Lyft trade dress emblem they display.
Here’s an example City of Portland Business License:
Portland drivers who also give rides in Vancouver, WA should be aware of business license requirements for the City of Vancouver.
Drivers who pick up passengers using the Lyft app in Medford, OR, are required to get a local business license. Apply online using this form.
Heads up: you must include proof of compliance with your business license application. Once you’ve been approved to drive, Lyft will send you a confirmation email. Include this email as an attachment to your business license application as proof of compliance.
In order to be approved to drive in Eugene applicants are required to obtain a Driver Certification Card. Your background check must be completed before you can go to the City of Eugene office.
Follow these steps to get your Driver Certification Card:
- Upload your vehicle inspection and vehicle insurance in the Lyft Driver App
- Wait for your Lyft Background Check to complete. You'll see a green checkmark in the app which will indicate it’s complete.
- Visit the City of Eugene office to submit your Driver Certification application and pay the $65 application fee to the City of Eugene:
Heads up: Bring your smartphone with you. You’ll need to show via your app that your background check has completed and that you’ve uploaded the vehicle inspection and proof of personal vehicle insurance.
Once you have your Driver Certification Card, take a photo and upload it to your profile in the Lyft Driver App.
Already have a Driver Certification Card? Upload it to your profile in the Lyft Driver App. You don't need to come to the City of Eugene office in-person. However, you will need to email a photo of your vehicle inspection and proof of insurance to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The city of Vancouver, Washington, requires that each person or entity conducting business in the city limits obtain a city business license. The city does offer an exemption from paying the city business license fees if the business is qualified for one of the city’s nonprofit or other exemption criteria – e.g., estimates generating less than $12,000 in annual gross receipts in the city. As of March 16, 2017, the city stopped accepting Determination of Exemption Checklist forms to claim an exemption from the business license and associated fees.
The city is partnered with the Washington State Business Licensing Service (BLS) for the handling of its city business licenses – including those that are exempt from paying city business license fees. Directions to apply for the license, online or on paper, are found at www.bls.dor.wa.gov/cities/vancouver.aspx. For assistance with the application process, please contact BLS by phone (800-451-7985) or email (email@example.com)
Note: If you estimate generating less than $12,000 in average annual gross receipts in Vancouver city limits, you can select to be exempt from city business license fees when completing the City Addendum portion of the application. You'll still be charged a non-refundable state application fee (currently $19).
Portland drivers must pass the Portland City Quiz with an 80% score or better.
Take the quiz under the 'Tutorials' tab in the Dashboard, or visit the Hub for assistance. After completing the quiz, submit your quiz score percentage in the 'Portland City Quiz' field in the 'Documents' tab of the Lyft Driver app.
- Best practices
- Hourly driver mode limits
- Distracted Driving law
- Crime & accident reporting in Portland
- Portland field audits
- Display all required emblems and placards
- Keep all required compliance documents with you
- Follow all airport rules
- Don't accept street hails
- Don't accept cash for rides
- Don't wait in taxi lines
Portland regulations state that drivers may not operate a TNC vehicle for more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period.
In all other Oregon cities, Lyft’s standard time limit for driver mode applies.
As of October 1, 2017, Oregon's Distracted Driving law is in effect. This law applies to all drivers in the state. Learn more here.
City of Portland regulations require that drivers on the Lyft platform report any accidents or crimes to both Lyft and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) within 24 hours at 503-823-5185.
You can also report an accident online by visiting PBOT's website and selecting "File a Vehicle Crash Report" in the bottom left corner of the page.
Portland regulations allow for random field audits at any time. Keep all required compliance documents with you to ensure you’re prepared in case a Portland enforcement officer requests to see them.
It’s important to understand Lyft’s insurance policy in the event of an incident.
- Review Lyft's insurance policy
- View Certificate of Liability Insurance for Oregon
- View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance
We're opening Lyft Hubs across the country to offer in-person support for drivers. Your local Hub is a one-stop shop for answers on everything from setting up direct deposit to discovering where you’ll get the most ride requests.
Locate a Hub in your area.
If you're already a driver in a different state and you're moving to Oregon, send us a message by selecting 'Contact Support' below with the following info:
- The date you're moving
- Your new shipping address
- Clear photos of your vehicle registration. If you were already required to upload your vehicle registration when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again.
If you're moving to Portland, visit the Lyft Hub for a vehicle inspection prior to being approved. Bring the vehicle you plan to use to drive with Lyft, along with your license, insurance, registration, and business license (if you have one).
The Portland Hub accepts walk-ins if you missed a previous appointment. Appointments generally take 20 minutes or less, including wait time.
Also make sure your vehicle meets requirements for Oregon.
If you’re moving from Oregon to a different state, find your new state to see what documents you'll need.