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Driver requirements

Thanks for your interest in joining our driver community! To be a driver, both applicants and their vehicles must meet these requirements.

See How to apply to become a driver for instructions on starting an application.

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Age requirements

You must be at least 21 years old with an active U.S. driver license for at least one year to apply (you can create a passenger account at 18). You must be licensed to drive for at least a year before applying.

You may see an error message on your application regarding your driving history because your license was recently re-issued or your state doesn't provide a driver license issue date. See how to handle these issues.

In New York City, DMV and criminal background checks are conducted by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) according to their licensing standards, not by Lyft.

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DMV check

Potential drivers must undergo a driving record check. Lyft reviews the results of these checks and may disqualify applicants who don't meet the standards of both Lyft and applicable regulations.

Lyft uses a third-party company to check driving records. Among other reasons, or as otherwise required by law, you may be ineligible to drive on the Lyft platform if any of the following are on your driving record:

  • More than three moving violations in the past three years (like accidents or traffic light violations)
  • A major moving violation in the past three years (like driving on a suspended license or reckless driving)
  • A DUI or other drug-related driving violation in the last seven years
  • Driving-related convictions in the last seven years (like hit-and-run or felonies involving a vehicle)

Lyft reserves the right to disqualify a driver at any time, in compliance with applicable law, should their driving record reveal any disqualifying offense or for any other safety-related reason.

If your background check is flagged, you'll get a copy via email and instructions on how to dispute the results.

Learn more about our safety requirements.

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Background check

Potential drivers must undergo a criminal background check. Lyft reviews the results of these checks and may disqualify applicants who don't meet the standards of both Lyft and applicable regulations. Drivers are screened for both criminal offenses and driving incidents.

Lyft’s criminal background checks are provided by a third-party company. These checks include national and county-level databases, and, when necessary, local courthouse record checks going back a minimum of seven years, and longer in some jurisdictions. Among other things, or as otherwise required by law, you may be ineligible to drive on the Lyft platform if your background check results include a:

  • Violent crime
  • Sexual offense
  • Disqualifying felony
  • Disqualifying drug-related offense
  • Disqualifying theft or property damage offense

In New York City, DMV and criminal background checks are conducted by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) according to their licensing standards, not by Lyft.

Lyft reserves the right to disqualify a driver at any time, in compliance with applicable law, should their background check reveal any disqualifying offense or for any other safety-related reason.

If your background check is flagged, you'll get a copy via email and instructions on how to dispute the results. Keep in mind background checks may take several weeks to process.

Learn more about our safety requirements.

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State and local requirements

In certain markets, drivers must meet additional city or state requirements.

Keep an eye on your email during and after the application process for instructions specific to your region.

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Vehicle standards

Drivers' vehicles must meet the list of Lyft standards as well as all local government standards. See Vehicle requirements for more info.

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Driver license, license plates, and insurance

  • Current and valid driver's license
  • Valid plates with current registration (commercial plates are also acceptable)
  • Current valid insurance with your name on the policy

Some cities and states require drivers to have in-state documents. If you're a new driver, go to our Driver application requirements for the full list. If you're already approved, see State & City Driver Information for required documents.

Your region may not require your name to be printed on your insurance policy. If your insurance policy doesn't have your name on it, upload your documents and we'll let you know if you need to acquire a "declarations page" from your insurance company with your name.

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Current device

The Lyft Driver app requires a cellular connection, so your device must be supported by Lyft to drive. We don't support wifi-only devices (like wifi-only iPads).

See Phone software recommendations and settings to see which operating systems we support. While earlier versions of operating systems may work, they may not provide the best experience and new app features.

Need help? Tap 'Call Me' to speak directly with our driver support team. After you enter your number, we'll connect you in a few moments.

 

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