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Seattle, King County, & Tacoma Driver Information

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 Seattle, King County, & Tacoma.

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

To apply to drive in Seattle, King County, & Tacoma, submit an application online or in the Lyft Driver app –– download it from the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play store. To be approved to drive, applicants must meet these requirements.

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What you need to drive with Lyft in Seattle, King County, & Tacoma

Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.

Use your Lyft Driver app or Driver Dashboard to upload your documents.

Visit a Lyft Hub

Visit the Lyft Hub in Seattle for your vehicle inspection and/or help uploading your documents.

4323 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

You can also visit the following locations in Tacoma and Everett:

8428 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98444
315 E Casino Rd. Suite A
Everett, WA 98208

Click here to see the days and hours for the inspection locations.

Make sure your vehicle is inspection-ready! To save time, please check that it is cleaned out, all lights work, and ensure that your car has a spare tire and jack.

If you cannot make it to an inspection, you may visit one of the mechanics listed here and have this inspection form completed. Inspections typically cost around $50, but can vary depending on the facility. We recommend calling ahead to confirm price and availability.

Already an approved rideshare driver in Seattle? Go to your Dashboard or app to upload the required documents, or bring them to The Hub.

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Vehicle requirements

  • 2009 or newer
  • 2008 or newer with a valid FHP
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
  • Not on the list of ineligible subcompact vehicles
  • Not a taxi or stretch limousine
  • Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification

See if your car qualifies for Lyft Lux or Lyft Lux Black to earn more on each ride.

In select cities, you can rent a car through Express Drive with standard insurance included.

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Driver requirements

*Active duty military applicants and their dependents can have an out-of-state driver's license and vehicle documents. Visit your local Lyft Hub and a Lyft representative will help set up your driver account.

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Document requirements

Required documents before being approved

Documents you'll need after being approved

These items are required by local ordinance for all rideshare drivers in your area.

Additional documents to drive in nearby regions

Keep your registration, insurance, and driver’s license in your vehicle. The City of Seattle Business License, Defensive Driving Certificate, and City of Tacoma Business License (Tacoma only) can all be kept at home.

Washington vehicle registration

Drivers are required to upload a copy of their vehicle registration. It must be issued in Washington, unless active duty military.

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Seattle For-hire Permit and renewal

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

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
Monday - Friday 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 in Seattle and King County while your application is processing, but picking up passengers at SeaTac Airport may result in citations for lack of For-Hire Permit and/or TNC decal.

For-Hire Permit

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For-Hire Permit renewal

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 to pick it up from the King County Records and Licensing Services Office. Please note that for-hire permit applications can take up to 3 months to process and while you may continue driving in Seattle and King County until you hear from us regarding your application status, picking up passengers at SeaTac Airport may result in citations for lack of For-Hire Permit and/or TNC decal.

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Seattle TNC vehicle 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.

TNC Decal

Seattle TNC Decal

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City of Seattle and Washington State Business License

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.

City of Seattle business license

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Defensive Driving Certificate

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

Heads up: The course must be completed on a computer, and cannot be completed on a mobile phone.

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. On the “My Courses” page, select “Safety,” and then “NSC Defensive Driving 10th Edition R3.”
  6. Complete the course, and upload your confirmation to your 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.

Defensive Driving certificate

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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.

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City of Tacoma Business License (Tacoma only)

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.

City of Tacoma Business License (Tacoma only)

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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.

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Thurston County Business Licenses (Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey, and 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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 Emblem requirements

Display the following in your vehicle:

Lyft emblem

Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.

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Drivers are required by the City of Seattle to display the Lyft emblem (pictured below) 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.

Lyft emblem

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.

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Seattle, King County, & Tacoma driver regulations

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

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Hourly 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

Lyft regulations allow drivers to be in driver mode for a maximum of 12 hours a day regardless of regional regulations.

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Best practices

  • Display all required emblems and placards
  • Always have your driver’s license and insurance document
  • Follow all airport rules
  • Don't accept street hails
  • Don't accept cash for rides
  • Don't wait in taxi lines

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Know your insurance

Review Lyft's coverage here.

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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.

Locate a Hub in your area

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Moving to or from Seattle, King County, & Tacoma

If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Seattle, King County, & Tacoma, send us a message with the following info:

  • A clear photo of your Washington state driver's license
  • A clear photo of your Washington vehicle registration
  • A clear photo of your personal vehicle insurance
  • City of Seattle approved vehicle inspection (see locations here)

Active duty military applicants and their dependents can have an out-of-state driver's license and vehicle documents. Visit your local Lyft Hub and a Lyft representative will help set up your driver account.

Please note local regulations require your vehicle to be 10 years old or newer. If you want to continue earning with Lyft and don't have a vehicle that meets these standards, Lyft's Express Drive program helps you rent a car so you can start driving immediately. Find out how here.

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

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