South Carolina Driver Information

Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in South Carolina, and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.

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Apply to Drive

If you're applying to become a driver in South Carolina, check out the application steps.

Get Your Vehicle Inspected

Within 30 days of becoming approved as a driver, have your vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic licensed in South Carolina:

  • 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.

Inspections are valid until the marked expiration date. If no expiration date is marked, Lyft requires a new inspection one year after the inspection date.

At the Pep Boys locations listed in the table, you can get an inspection for about $15.

Name Address City Phone
Pep Boys 6240 Rivers Ave North Charleston (843) 744-7831
Pep Boys 1550 Savannah Hwy Charleston (843) 766-7415
Jiffy Lube 404 W Coleman Blvd Mt. Pleasant (843) 884-7326
Jiffy Lube 2491 Ashley River Rd Charleston (843) 763-0062
Jiffy Lube 8336 Rivers Ave Charleston (843) 824-5250

Set Your Vehicle up Correctly

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Lyft emblem

Heads up: Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. Check the image above for where to place your Lyft emblem. Be sure to display it correctly to avoid citations and fines.

If you’ve recently been approved to drive, you should receive your Lyft emblem shortly. If you didn't get one or need a new one, place an order in the Vehicles tab of the Driver Dashboard.

License Plate Number Display

Drivers in South Carolina are required to display their vehicle’s license plate number in a legible font no less than 2 inches in height on the front of their vehicle. This can be displayed on your windshield, dashboard, or elsewhere on the front of your vehicle, and it does not need to be permanent.

You can use this form to create a printable copy of your license plate number.

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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.

Tips and Best Practices

  • Set your vehicle up correctly every time you drive.
  • Follow all airport rules.
  • Do not accept street hails.
  • Do not accept cash for rides.
  • Do not stop, park, load, or unload passengers in a travel lane or in an officially designated bus or taxi stop.
  • If you run into any issues on the road, let us know.

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Updating Your Driver Profile

Document Renewals

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

Moving to or From South Carolina as an Existing Lyft Driver

If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to South Carolina, send us a message with the following info:

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address

When you move to South Carolina, be sure to have your vehicle inspected within 30 by a certified mechanic licensed in South Carolina.

Moving from South Carolina to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.

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