New York City Driver Information

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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Apply to Drive

If you're applying to become a driver in New York City, check out the application steps.

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

  1. Driver's license - Issued by DMV
  2. Vehicle registration - Issued by DMV
  3. FH1 Insurance - Standard Insurance
  4. TLC Inspection
  5. For-Hire License - Issued by Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)
  6. Certificate of Liability Insurance (COL) - Commercial Liability Insurance

See details and sample images of each required document below. For additional information, you can call our automated information number at 855-NYC-LYFT.

Driver's license

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


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Issued by the New York DMV


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FH1 Insurance

Standard driver insurance

FH1 Insurance

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TLC Inspection

You must submit one of these three:

  • TLC inspection card
  • 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.


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For-Hire License

Issued by the Taxi and Limousine commission (TLC). You may submit either a For-Hire License or a Medallion FHV License:

For-Hire License

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Certificate of Liability Insurance

All drivers in New York City must have a Certificate of Liability Insurance (COL).

  • If your name does not appear on the document, you must provide a second document listing your name and matching policy number.
  • If the policy numbers between the COL and driver list document do not match, you must provide a Policy Cover Sheet.
COL Insurance

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, send us a message with images of all the documents above, or visit us in person at our Long Island City Hub.

31-00 47th Ave., 4th floor
Long Island City, NY 11101

Monday through Friday: 8 AM – 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: 12 PM - 5 PM
All hours in Eastern Time

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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