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Hawaii Driver Information

This page provides information about vehicle, driver, and document requirements, state regulations, insurance coverage, and city-specific requirements, needed to drive with Lyft in the state of Hawaii.

To apply to drive in Hawaii, submit an application online or in the Lyft Driver app –– download it from the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play store. To be approved to drive, applicants must meet these requirements.

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What you need to drive with Lyft in Hawaii

Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.

Use your Lyft Driver app or Driver Dashboard to upload your documents.

Vehicle requirements

  • 2004 or newer
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
  • Not on the list of ineligible subcompact vehicles
  • Not a taxi or stretch limousine
  • Honolulu: No trucks
  • Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification

See if your car qualifies for Lyft Lux or Lyft Lux Black to earn more on each ride.

In select cities, you can rent a car through Express Drive with standard insurance included.

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Driver requirements

  • Honolulu: Valid Hawaii driver’s license   
  • All other cities: Valid driver’s license — Temporary or out-of-state licenses are also acceptable
  • 25 or older
  • Pass a driver screening, which reviews your driving history and criminal background check. Learn more about driver screenings.
  • Any smartphone that can download and run the Lyft Driver app. See phone software recommendations.

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Document requirements

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Honolulu: Hawaii Vehicle Inspection Sticker

Here is an example of the Hawaii Vehicle Safety Inspection Sticker:

HI sticker

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Honolulu: Driving quiz

Drivers in Honolulu are required to review the Honolulu lesson in the Dashboard and take the quiz at the end.

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Emblem requirements

Drivers in Honolulu are required to display the Lyft emblem on their front and rear bumpers while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.

Lyft emblem

Drivers in Honolulu are required to display the Lyft emblem on their front and rear bumpers while in driver mode.

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, place an order in your Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.

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Hawaii driver regulations

Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Hawaii, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.

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Hourly driver mode limits

In Hawaii, Lyft’s standard time limit for driver mode applies.

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Standards for Honolulu drivers

  • Drivers must not transport more passengers than the number of seatbelts available in the vehicle, nor more luggage than the vehicle will safely and legally allow
  • Drivers must not operate a vehicle that has not been approved by Lyft
  • The Revised Ordinances of Honolulu prohibit trucks from being used on the Lyft platform
  • Drivers must have proof of insurance in their possession at all times
  • Drivers must follow Lyft’s lost and found policy and procedures
  • Drivers must allow the Honolulu Department of Customer Services to inspect their vehicle upon request
  • Drivers must not consume alcohol while on duty or less than eight hours prior to going on duty
  • Drivers may not have alcohol in the vehicle, unless that alcohol belongs to the passenger
  • Drivers must comply with any written notice of violation issued by the Department of Customer Services
  • Drivers may not drive for Lyft with a suspend or revoked license, or with an expired registration or otherwise invalid inspection sticker
  • Drivers must surrender their Lyft trade dress upon notification that they are no longer authorized to drive for Lyft
  • Drivers must operate their vehicles with due regard for the safety, comfort and convenience of passengers
  • Drivers must not use their vehicle for any unlawful purpose while driving for Lyft
  • Drivers should use the most cost effective and direct route unless directed otherwise by the passenger or when an emergency situation, such as a road closure, requires an alternate route
  • Drivers must keep their vehicles clean and may not litter
  • Drivers must not use offensive language or gestures while driving for Lyft
  • Drivers must not smoke while passengers are in their vehicle
  • Drivers must, upon request by the Department of Customer Services or a police officer provide their driver certification, vehicle certificate, and any other documents requested for inspection
  • Drivers must not operate an electronic, digital or GPS device in a vehicle without a hands-free mount and in hands-free mode
  • Drivers must not sublease or permit another to operate their private transportation vehicle as a private transportation driver
  • Drivers must not refuse to transport any person except when, upon arrival at the place of pick-up, the passenger is acting in a disorderly or threatening manner, or otherwise is acting in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to believe that the drivers health or safety, or that of others, may be endangered.

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Private Transportation Driver and Vehicle Certificates

Your private transportation driver and vehicle certificates can be found in your Driver App in the 'Vehicle' and 'Settings' tabs. You may be required to present the certificates for inspection at the request of local law enforcement.

To view your private transportation driver and vehicle certificates:

  1. Open your Driver App and go to the side bar
  2. Tap the 'Vehicle' tab to access your vehicle certificate
  3. Tap the 'Settings' tab to access your driver certificate. That's it!

Here's how it will look in your app:

Open your Driver App and go to the side bar

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Tap the 'Vehicle' tab to access your vehicle certificate or tap the 'Settings' tab to access your driver certificate.

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Here's an example of a vehicle certificate.

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Here's an example of a driver certificate.

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Hawaii GET Tax License

Drivers in Hawaii have to pay a General Excise Tax (GET). For information regarding GET licenses, click here.

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Vehicles with beds

Lyft passengers must always be seated inside vehicles during rides. Passengers may not ride within vehicles’ trunks or beds. It is a violation of Lyft’s Terms of Service for drivers to transport more riders than can be safely seated inside a vehicle.

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Best practices

  • Display all required emblems and placards
  • Always have your driver’s license and insurance document
  • Follow all airport rules
  • Don't accept street hails
  • Don't accept cash for rides
  • Don't wait in taxi lines

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Know your insurance

Review Lyft's coverage here.

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Moving to or from Hawaii

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

*If you already have any of the specific requirements listed above on file with Lyft, you don't need to send them again.

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

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