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 Portland.
What you need to drive with Lyft in Portland
Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.
All applicants in Portland must visit the Lyft Hub or schedule an appointment at one of our certified inspection locations prior to being approved. Bring all of the documents listed below. Inspection appointments commonly take 15-20 minutes.
Make sure you bring the following with you:
Personal vehicle insurance
Business license (If you do not have a business license, you can obtain one at the Hub)
2011 or newer
5-8 seats, including the driver's
Not a taxi or stretch limousine
Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification
Portland drivers are required to keep a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and phone mount in their vehicle. These items will be provided for drivers when they visit the Lyft Hub or one of our certified inspection locations. Appointments can be scheduled from the Driver Dashboard. In select cities, you can rent a car through Express Drive with standard insurance included.
Drivers must provide proof of vehicle registration and keep a non-digital copy of their vehicle registration in their vehicle. Vehicle registration expires annually.
Acceptable temporary registration documents in Portland:
If you're waiting for your permanent registration, we accept the following temporary documents. Select a document to see an example image.
Not acceptable registration documents in Portland:
Personal vehicle insurance
Drivers are required to have personal vehicle insurance and keep a non-digital copy of their personal insurance in their vehicle. Personal vehicle insurance plans vary, and must be updated before your policy’s expiration date.
Portland insurance requirements
TNC drivers are not required to purchase or maintain an insurance policy that provides TNC coverage. Insurance maintained by the TNC does not include collision coverage for affiliated TNC drivers unless the policy secured and maintained by the TNC expressly states otherwise.
Drivers' personal insurance may be subject to cancellation or may not provide coverage because a driver uses a vehicle in connection with a TNC. Insurance coverage is provided by the TNC on a primary basis from the first dollar of every claim unless a policy secured by the TNC expressly states otherwise.
Lyft drivers will not receive any material benefit or incentive of any kind from Lyft for securing personal TNC insurance coverage. Effective January 2nd, 2016, one year of driving experience in the United States is sufficient to meet the minimum requirement for Lyft applicant driving experience.
Drivers are required to have a vehicle inspection before becoming approved to drive, and annually thereafter.
To find an inspection location, schedule an appointment, or upload your inspection document, see the Driver Dashboard. Existing drivers can also visit the Brown's Parkrose Point S service desk location below for an annual re-inspection. This location services annual re-inspections only. For in-person support, visit the Lyft Hub. First-time applicants must visit the Lyft Hub or schedule an appointment at one of our certified inspection locations from the Dashboard prior to being approved. Inspection appointments commonly take 15-20 minutes. Bring your vehicle and all of the documents listed below:
The city or county where you live may require you to obtain a business license. Refer to your local city or county's website for these requirements.
Keep your business license in your vehicle in case the authorities ask to see it.
Select a city for local requirements:
Portland Business License
Vancouver Business License
The city of Vancouver, Washington, requires that each person or entity conducting business in the city limits obtain a city business license. The city does offer an exemption from paying the city business license fees if the business is qualified for one of the city’s nonprofit or other exemption criteria – e.g., estimates generating less than $12,000 in annual gross receipts in the city. As of March 16, 2017, the city stopped accepting Determination of Exemption Checklist forms to claim an exemption from the business license and associated fees.
The city is partnered with the Washington State Business Licensing Service (BLS) for the handling of its city business licenses – including those that are exempt from paying city business license fees. Directions to apply for the license, online or on paper, are found at www.bls.dor.wa.gov/cities/vancouver.aspx. For assistance with the application process, please contact BLS by phone (800-451-7985) or email (email@example.com)
Note: If you estimate generating less than $12,000 in average annual gross receipts in Vancouver city limits, you can select to be exempt from city business license fees when completing the City Addendum portion of the application. You'll still be charged a non-refundable state application fee (currently $19).
Portland For-hire Driver Permit
The City of Portland requires all drivers to obtain a Portland driver permit. Drivers are required to display these permits in their vehicle in a location visible to riders at all times while operating as a Lyft driver. The City of Portland will automatically process a permit for a driver after they are approved on the Lyft platform. No action is required by the driver.
A permanent driver permit will be mailed to the shipping address associated with the driver’s Lyft account. If you have not received your permit in two months, please stop by the Portland Lyft Hub or contact PBOT Private For-Hire Transportation at 503-823-7483. Failure to display the Portland driver permit is a Class D violation subject to penalties provided in Chapter 16.40.930 of the Private For-Hire Transportation Regulations.
Portland drivers must pass the Portland City Quiz with an 60% score or better.
Take the quiz under the 'Tutorials' tab in the Dashboard, or visit the Hub for assistance. After completing the quiz, submit your quiz score percentage in the 'Portland City Quiz' field in the 'Documents' tab of the Lyft Driver app.
Local laws in Portland require drivers to display two Lyft emblems when in driver mode: one on the front windshield and the other on the rear windshield. See the image below for placement instructions. Failure to display your Lyft emblems may result in citations or a fine, so make sure to display them every time you drive with Lyft.
You will still need to display a rear emblem even if you have a tinted rear windshield.
Keep a Lyft emblem displayed at all times while giving Lyft rides at any Oregon airport.
If you’re giving a non-Lyft ride at the airport, make sure to remove your Lyft emblem before entering airport property.
Portland driver regulations
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Portland, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
Hourly driver mode limits
Lyft and Portland regulations state that drivers may not spend more than 12 hours in driver mode within a 24-hour period. After that, drivers must take a break for a minimum of 6 consecutive hours.
Required Compliance materials
All drivers in Portland are required to keep the following materials in their vehicle while in driver mode. All materials are provided to drivers at the Lyft Hub:
Phone mount: We're all about safety. Your phone mount makes it easier to keep your hands on the wheel, and your eyes on the road.
Fire extinguisher and first aid kit: Leave both items in your trunk, in case of an emergency.
As of October 1, 2017, Oregon's Distracted Driving law is in effect. This law applies to all drivers in the state. Learn more here.
Crime and accident reporting in Portland
City of Portland regulations require that drivers on the Lyft platform report any accidents or crimes to both Lyft and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) within 24 hours at 503-823-5185. You can also report an accident online by visiting PBOT's website and selecting "File a Vehicle Crash Report" in the bottom left corner of the page. Portland regulations allow for random field audits at any time. Keep all required compliance documents with you to ensure you’re prepared in case a Portland enforcement officer requests to see them.
Always have your driver’s license and insurance document
Don't accept street hails
Don't accept cash for rides
Don't wait in taxi lines
Review Lyft's coverage here.
In-person support (Lyft Hubs)
We're opening Lyft Hubs across the country to offer in-person support for drivers. Your local Hub is a one-stop shop for answers on everything from setting up direct deposit to discovering where you’ll get the most ride requests.
Moving to or from Portland
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Portland, contact us with the following info:
The date you're moving
Your new shipping address
Clear photos of your vehicle registration. If you were already required to upload your vehicle registration when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again.
Visit the Lyft Hub for a vehicle inspection prior to being approved. Bring the vehicle you plan to use to drive with Lyft, along with your license, insurance, registration, and business license (if you have one).
The Portland Hub accepts walk-ins if you missed a previous appointment. Appointments generally take 20 minutes or less, including wait time.
Moving from Portland to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you’ll need to take.