Seattle, King County, & Tacoma Driver Information

Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Seattle, King County, or Tacoma, and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.

If you're a driver anywhere else in Washington, visit this page instead.

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Apply to Drive

If you're applying to become a driver in Seattle, King County, or Tacoma, check out the application steps.

Set Your Vehicle up Correctly

Display the following:
  • Lyft emblem
  • Seattle TNC vehicle decal


Lyft emblem

Drivers are required by the City of Seattle to display the Lyft emblem (pictured above) while in driver mode.

You'll receive your Lyft emblem at an inspection event or in the mail. The Lyft emblem should be displayed in the lower corner of your windshield on the passenger side every time you enter driver mode. Make sure to remove the emblem when you are not in driver mode.

If you didn't receive your emblem or need a new one, place an order in your Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.

TNC decal

When you receive your For-Hire Permit from King County, you'll also be given a green TNC decal. This should be placed in your windshield and kept there at all times while in driver mode. Scroll down for more information about the For-Hire Permit

Seattle TNC Decal

Vehicle Inspection

When your vehicle inspection expires, visit one of these locations to obtain an inspection, then upload it in the Dashboard.

Keep these in your vehicle:
  • Registration
  • Insurance
  • Driver's license
Keep these at home:

City of Seattle business license
Seattle BL
Defensive driving certificate
DD Course
City of Tacoma business license (Tacoma only)
Tacoma BL

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Defensive Driver Course

All drivers in Seattle and Tacoma are required to take the NSC Defensive Driving course. If you have previously completed the NSC defensive driver course, no need to take it again, simply upload your completion certificate to your Dashboard.

If you have not previously completed the course, follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit http://www.safetyserve.com/LYFT.
  2. Select "New Student," and then "New Student Registration."
  3. Type in LYFTDDC as your access code and submit.
  4. Choose a login ID and password on the registration page, and submit. NOTE: Make sure to use the phone number and email address linked with your Lyft account so we are able to verify your completion of the course.
  5. Select “Safety,” and then “NSC Defensive Driving 9” on the “My Courses” page.
  6. Complete the course, and upload your confirmation to you Dashboard.

If you've already taken the course and need help accessing your certificate, contact the course provider, Safety Serve, at 1-800-775-1484.

Seattle Quiz

All drivers are required to complete the online City of Seattle Quiz. You can access the quiz in the 'Tutorials' tab in your Driver Dashboard. We'll also email you the link after you're approved to drive. Once completed, make sure to upload your quiz score percentage to your profile. Here's how to upload your score:

  1. Open the Lyft Driver app and go to the side bar
  2. Tap 'Documents'
  3. Tap the document labeled 'Seattle Quiz'
  4. Record your quiz score percentage and press 'Save'. Note: Make sure to upload the percent you receive and not the score out of 15.
City of Seattle and Washington State Business Licenses

All drivers in Seattle, King County, and Tacoma must obtain two unique business licenses: one for the City of Seattle and one for Washington State. You can apply online or through the mail.

Tacoma Licenses

Only drivers in Seattle or Tacoma can pick up passengers in Tacoma. After you perform your first pickup in Tacoma or Pierce County, Lyft is required to submit the following information on your behalf to the City of Tacoma:

  • Your full legal name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your shipping address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address

The City of Tacoma will then process a for-hire driver's license, vehicle license and business license and notify you if and when your licenses are approved.

Everett Business License

If you pick up passengers using the Lyft app in Everett, WA, you are required to get a local business license. You can apply online or through the mail. Find out more on the City of Everett's Website.

For-Hire Permit

All TNC drivers are required to carry a For-Hire Permit and display a TNC Vehicle Decal in Seattle and King County.

Lyft will submit an application on your behalf for your For-Hire Permit and TNC Vehicle Decal. Once approved, Lyft will send you an email and text message letting you know your permit and decal have been issued and are ready to be picked up from the King County Records and Licensing Services Office.

King County Administration Building
500 Fourth Ave, Suite 401
Seattle, WA 98104
M-F 8:30 AM — 4:30 PM

Please note that For-Hire Permit applications can take up to 3 months to process. You are able to operate as a Lyft driver while your application is processing.

Thurston County Business Licenses (Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey & Yelm)

If you pick up passengers using the Lyft app in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey or Yelm you are required to get a local business license. You can apply online and learn more by following these links:

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Hit the Road

Know Your Insurance Coverage

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

Tips and Best Practices

Driver Mode Limits

Seattle & King County regulations require that drivers:

  • Take a 10-hour break after being in driver mode for 12 total hours within a 15-hour period
  • Take a 10-hour break after being in driver mode for 12 consecutive hours within a 24-hour period

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Updating Your Driver Profile

Document Renewals

Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents (license, registration, insurance). Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.

For-Hire Permit

We will renew your for-hire permit on your behalf with King County. Make sure all of the following are up-to-date in your Dashboard so we can process your application quickly:

  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Vehicle inspection
  • Vehicle registration

Once your renewal for-hire permit has been issued, we will let you know when and where to pick it up. Please note that for-hire permit applications can take 30-60 days to process and that you may continue driving until you hear from us regarding your application status.

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Moving to or From Seattle, King County, or Tacoma as an Existing Lyft Driver

If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Seattle, King County, or Tacoma, send us a message with the following info. If you're moving to a different city in Washington, follow the steps here instead.

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address
  • A clear photo of your Washington vehicle registration*
  • Tacoma business license (Tacoma only)

*If you were already required to upload your vehicle registration when you became a driver, and it was issued in Washington, you do not need to send it in again.

Please note, if you're moving to Seattle, King County, or Tacoma, your vehicle must be from 2008 or newer.

Moving from Seattle, King County, or Tacoma to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.

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