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Alabama Driver Information

Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Alabama, 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 Alabama, check out the application steps.

Get Set to Drive

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

Drivers in the cities listed below are required to have their vehicle inspected a certain number of days after becoming a driver, and then annually. 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 Inspection Form to Print
Birmingham 30 days Licensed mechanic Inspection form
Huntsville 30 days ASE-certified mechanic Inspection form
Mobile Pre-approval Licensed mechanic Inspection form
Montgomery 15 days Licensed mechanic Inspection form
Tuscaloosa 30 days Licensed mechanic Inspection form

Instructions for having your vehicle inspected:

  • Print the form. Click the link for your city in the table above to print your inspection 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.

Set Your Vehicle up Correctly

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Lyft emblem

Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. Refer to the image above for where to place your Lyft emblem.

If you’ve just been approved to drive, you should receive your Lyft emblem shortly. If you didn't get one or need a new one, order one in your Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.

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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.

Driver Mode Limits

In addition to Lyft's mandatory break requirement, Birmingham regulations require that drivers spend no more than 12 hours in driver mode 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.


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.

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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 Alabama as an existing Lyft driver

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

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address
  • A clear photo of your vehicle registration*

Please note, if you're moving to Birmingham, Mobile, or Huntsville, your vehicle must be from 2008 or newer. Depending on where you are moving, you may also be required to obtain a vehicle inspection.

*If you were already required to upload your vehicle registration when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again.

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

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