Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Portland, and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.
If you're a driver anywhere else in Oregon, visit this page instead.
- Apply to drive
- Setting up your vehicle
- Tips and best practices
- Portland information
- Document renewals
- Moving to or from Oregon as an existing Lyft driver
Apply to Drive
If you're applying to become a driver in Portland, check out the application steps.
Drivers are required by the City of Portland to always display two Lyft emblems while in driver mode — one on the rear windshield on the passenger side and one on the front windshield.
If you’ve just been approved to drive, you should receive your Lyft emblems 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.
Please be advised that Oregon's new Distracted Driving law goes into effect October 1, 2017. This law applies to all drivers in the state. More information is available here.
- Set your vehicle up correctly every time you drive.
- 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.
Who makes the rules anyway?
In Portland, Lyft is regulated by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).
Drivers must carry a paper copy of the TNC insurance at all times. A copy of the insurance can be found on the back of the vehicle inspection form, or printed out here.
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 cancelation or might 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.
Insurance limits in Portland can be viewed here.
Lyft's Certificate of TNC Insurance, including information on coverage limits, is available online. 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.
Crime & Accident Reporting
Pursuant to City of Portland regulations, drivers on the Lyft platform must report accidents and crimes to Lyft and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) within 24 hours at 503-823-5185.
Driver Mode Limits
Portland regulations state that you cannot spend more than 12 hours in driver mode within any 24-hour period.
Be sure to sign out of driver mode when you’re done driving for the day.
City of Vancouver WA 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 at phone: 800-451-7985 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 will still be charged a non-refundable state application fee (currently $19.00).
Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents (license, registration, insurance). Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Portland, send us a message with the following info. If you're moving to a different city in Oregon, follow the steps here instead.
- The date you're moving
- Your new shipping address
- A clear photo 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.
Please note, if you're moving to Portland, your vehicle must be from 2008 or newer.
If you're moving to Portland, you must visit the Lyft Hub for a vehicle inspection prior to being approved. For information on hours and location, see this page.
Make sure to bring the vehicle you plan to use to drive with Lyft, along with your license, insurance, registration, and business license (if you have one).
In order to be approved in Portland, you must apply for a business license. You can do this on your own or at the Hub when you come in for an inspection.
The good news: it's free, and takes about 5 minutes.
Moving from Portland to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.