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Washington D.C. 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 Washington D.C..

To apply to drive in Washington D.C., 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 Washington D.C.

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.

Vehicle requirements

  • 2009 or newer
  • 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

Valid driver’s license

Drivers without a Washington D.C., Maryland, or Virginia driver's license will not be dispatched for pickups in DC proper.

*Drivers with Express Drive vehicles must have a valid, non-temporary DC, MD, or VA driver’s license. Temporary licenses will not be accepted.

Active Military members and their families stationed in MD, VA or D.C. can drive with Lyft by obtaining a DFHV non-MSA decal. Apply for your free DFHV non-MSA decal here. If you already have your DFHV decal, visit us at the Hub to get on the road. Bring the following documents with you:

  • DFHV non-MSA decal
  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration
  • State vehicle inspection issued from DC, VA, or MD

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Document requirements

Virginia, Maryland, or D.C. State Vehicle Inspection

If your car is registered in Washington D.C., you should already have a safety inspection sticker on your windshield. See examples:

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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.

Lyft also accepts state inspections from Maryland or from Virginia. For more information on these inspections, learn more:

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TNO License

All Maryland drivers must apply for a TNO (Transportation Network Operator) license. You'll be prompted to give consent in the Driver app, and Lyft will apply for a TNO license on your behalf.

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Emblem requirements

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.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.

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Lyft emblem

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.

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Washington D.C. driver regulations

Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Washington D.C., and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.

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Hourly driver mode limits

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.

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Bicycle and pedestrian safety

It's important to be aware of bicycles and pedestrians when you're on the road. See the video below for tips on bike and pedestrian safety.

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Zero-tolerance policy

The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) requires a zero-tolerance policy for refusal of service based on the pickup or drop-off location of the passenger. Passengers may register a complaint or concern with the DFHV using this form.

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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 Washington D.C.

Moving to or From Washington, D.C. as an Existing Lyft Driver

If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Washington D.C., send us a message with the following info:

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address (must be in Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland)
  • A clear photo of your Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland driver's license*
  • A clear photo of your vehicle insurance*
  • A clear photo of your vehicle registration* — please note: Lyft vehicles in Washington D.C. must be from 2009 or newer.
  • A clear photo of your Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland vehicle inspection*

*If you were already required to upload these documents when you became a driver, you do not need to resubmit them.

Active Military Members

Great! Visit us at the Hub to get on the road. Bring the following documents with you:

  • DFHV non-MSA decal
  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration
  • State vehicle inspection issued from DC, VA or MD

Moving from Washington D.C. to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you’ll need to take.

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