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.
- Apply to drive
- Setting up your vehicle
- Additional requirements to drive
- Insurance information
- Tips and best practices
- Driver mode limits
- Document renewals
- Moving to or from Seattle, King County, or Tacoma as an existing Lyft driver
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 in your vehicle:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep these in your vehicle:
- Driver's license
Keep these at home:
- City of Seattle business license
- Defensive driving certificate
- City of Tacoma business license (Tacoma only)
- Defensive Driver Course
- Seattle Quiz
- City of Seattle and Washington State Business Licenses
- Tacoma Licenses
- Everett Business License
- Thurston County Business Licenses (Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey & Yelm)
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:
- Visit http://www.safetyserve.com/LYFT.
- Select "New Student," and then "New Student Registration."
- Type in LYFTDDC as your access code and submit.
- 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.
- Select “Safety,” and then “NSC Defensive Driving 9” on the “My Courses” page.
- 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.
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:
- Open the Lyft Driver app and go to the side bar
- Tap 'Documents'
- Tap the document labeled 'Seattle Quiz'
- Record your quiz score percentage and press 'Save'. Note: Make sure to upload the percent you receive and not the score out of 15.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Review Lyft's insurance policy here.
- View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance.
- 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.
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
Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents (license, registration, insurance). Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.
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.
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.
- A clear photo of your Washington vehicle registration
- A clear photo of your Washington state driver's license
- A clear photo of your personal vehicle insurance
- City of Seattle approved vehicle inspection (see locations here)
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, or Tacoma to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.