Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Virginia, and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.
- Apply to drive
- Setting up your vehicle
- Tips and best practices
- Driver mode limits
- Virginia information & Lyft policies
- Document renewals
- Required documents
- Moving to or from Virginia as an existing Lyft driver
Apply to Drive
If you're applying to become a driver in Virginia, check out the application steps.
Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem should be displayed in the lower corner of the rear passenger side window. Make sure to remove the emblem when you are not in driver mode.
If you’ve just been approved to drive, you should receive your Lyft emblem 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.
You are an approved driver, your ride is decked out with all the right things in all the right places, and you’re no stranger to the ins and outs of driving with Lyft.
Pickups in D.C.
Drivers are required to have a valid Washington D.C., Maryland, or Virginia driver's license in order to pick up passengers in Washington, D.C. proper. If your license was issued elsewhere, you will not receive pickup requests in Washington, D.C. You may, however, drop off passengers.
- 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.
In addition to Lyft's mandatory break requirement, Virginia regulations require that drivers spend no more than 13 hours in driver mode within a 24-hour period.
- Review Lyft's insurance policy here.
- View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance.
Never use your mobile device to enter information or communicate with a passenger in any way while your vehicle is in motion. If you need to enter an address, place a call, write a text message, or adjust a setting in your phone, do so when your vehicle is at a complete stop in a legal parking spot or turnout. Help us keep Virginia's roads safe and friendly!
We have a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy for drivers — in Virginia and nationwide. To report suspicions that a Lyft driver in Virginia may be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, please contact law enforcement immediately by dialing 911. You may also contact the Virginia DMV at 804-367-6504.
If you have been charged or arrested for a crime or driving offense, Virginia law requires you to let us know.
As a Lyft driver, you are only permitted to conduct commercial transportation activity through our digital platform. Transporting passengers for pay without the ride being logged in our system is not only illegal, it presents a serious safety hazard. Digital tracking of app activity acts as a strong safety provision for drivers and passengers, and insurance coverage extends only to activity taking place on the digital platform.
If a curious party asks you about Lyft, or wants a ride, take the opportunity to help them set up an account so they can experience the Lyft platform as it is intended to be. Thank you for helping keep the Lyft platform safe for all users.
In Virginia and elsewhere, we recommend drivers consult with a tax professional regarding possible financial or contractual consequences of operating as a Lyft driver when it comes to matters such as tangible personal property tax liabilities, personal auto liability insurance coverage, and financing agreements with vehicle lien holders.
Vehicle Title Limitations
Lyft vehicles in Virginia must not be titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification.
If your insurance, vehicle registration, or driver's license status changes in any way, we need updated records to ensure full compliance with Virginia law. Always update your documents via the Dashboard immediately after receiving them.
Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents (license, registration, insurance). Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.
Your vehicle inspection can be from Virginia, Maryland, or D.C.
Inspections are valid until the marked expiration date. If no expiration date is marked, Lyft requires a new inspection one year after the inspection date.
Here is an example of the Virginia state inspection certificate:
Lyft also accepts state inspections from Maryland or from Washington, D.C. For more information on these inspections, learn more:
If you have a for-hire license plate in Virginia (license plate starting with 'H', 'HAE' or 'HAD'), you must have a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity as a common carrier and commercial insurance (min. $350k) in order to operate on the Lyft platform.
To send in your Certificate, please take a photo of it and attach it to a message to us.
The telephone number for Clara Rides, Inc is 415-475-8459
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Virginia, send us a message with the following info:
- The date you're moving
- Your new shipping address
- A clear photo of your vehicle registration*
- A clear photo of your Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland vehicle inspection**
*If you were already required to upload your vehicle registration when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again.
**If you were already required to upload a Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland inspection when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again. Scroll up for details and a sample image.
Moving from Virginia to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.