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New York City Driver Information

Update for NYC Applicants

Because of TLC regulations, we’re currently not accepting new drivers in New York City. To join the waitlist, create an account with Lyft.

To start earning sooner, consider signing up to drive in New York State and New Jersey.


Information for Active NYC Drivers

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

If you're a driver in any other city in New York State, visit this page instead.

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Know Your Insurance Coverage

  • Review Lyft's insurance policy here.
  • View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance.

Tips and Best Practices

  • Follow all airport rules.
  • Do not accept street hails.
  • Do not accept cash for rides.
  • Do not wait in taxi lines.
  • If you run into any issues on the road, let us know.

Driver Mode Limits

New York City regulations require that drivers:

  • Provide rides for no more than 10 consecutive hours
  • Provide rides for no more than 60 total hours within a 7-day period

Only time spent in actual rides count toward these limitations.

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Updating Your Driver Profile

Document Renewals

Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents. Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.

Required Documents

See details and sample images of each required document below.

  1. Driver's license - Issued by DMV
  2. Vehicle registration - Issued by DMV
  3. TLC Inspection
  4. TLC License - Issued by Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)
  5. Vehicle insurance
    1. FH-1 Insurance - Standard Insurance
    2. Certificate of Liability Insurance (COL) - Commercial Liability Insurance
    3. Declaration Page - Driver’s List
    4. How to upload your vehicle insurance documents

Driver's License

Driver's license can be from any state, as long as you have a current TLC license.

License

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Registration

Issued by the New York DMV

Registration

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TLC Inspection

You must submit one of these two:

  • Blue Base sticker
  • TLC inspection certificate

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.

Inspection

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TLC Driver License

Drivers must have a TLC Driver License issued by the Taxi and Limousine commission (TLC). Current (not expired) For-Hire Vehicle License or a Medallion FHV License are also acceptable.

Get a TLC Driver's License.

For-Hire License

 

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Vehicle Insurance

All drivers must have a valid vehicle insurance in their Lyft Driver app. Upon expiration, all drivers must upload their new vehicle insurance.

Which documents do you need to update your vehicle insurance?

  You own your car You rent your car
FH-1 Insurance Yes Yes
Certificate of Liability insurance Yes Yes
Declaration Page (or "Driver List") No Yes, if your name is NOT on the Certificate of Liability

 

What happens if you do not update your insurance documents by the expiration date? Your vehicle will be deactivated until you update the required documentation.

How and when do you renew your vehicle insurance?

  You own your car You rent your car
Where do you renew your insurance? Go to your insurance broker to renew your policy Ask the vehicle/fleet owner for the updated insurance documents
When?

At least 1 week before the expiration date.

Check the expiration date on your FH-1 to know when it's time to renew

At least 1 week before the expiration date.

Check the expiration date on your FH-1 to know when it's time to renew.

Which documents do you need?
  1. FH-1
  2. Certificate of Liability
  1. FH-1
  2. Certificate of Liability
  3. Declaration Page (or "Driver’s List")

 

fh1 expiration example

FH-1 Insurance

What is this document? Standard driver insurance certificate

Who needs it? All TLC vehicle drivers (you!)

Who’s name is on the document? The owner of the car

fh1 example

 

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Certificate of Liability Insurance

What is this document? The proof of insurance coverage and policy limit

Who needs it? All TLC vehicle drivers (you!)

Who’s name is on the document? The owner of the car

Note: If your name does not appear on the document, you must provide a Declaration Page (or Driver’s List) listing your name and matching policy number.

certificate of liability insurance example

 

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Declaration Page - Driver’s List

What is this document? A list of drivers covered under the insurance

Who needs it? A renter who’s name is not on the Certificate of Liability

Who’s name is on the document? Authorized drivers associated with the vehicle

Note: If the policy numbers on the Certificate of Liability and Declaration Page (or Driver’s List) do not match, you must provide a Policy Cover Sheet.

declaration example 1

 

declaration example 1

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How to upload your vehicle insurance documents

When should I upload my vehicle insurance documents? Before your policy expiration date

how to upload insurance documents

 

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Moving to or from New York City as an existing Lyft Driver

If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to New York City, we're currently not accepting new drivers in New York City because of TLC regulations. To continue earning with Lyft, consider driving in New York State and New Jersey.

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

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