Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Washington, D.C., and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.
- Apply to drive
- Setting up your vehicle
- Insurance information
- Tips and best practices
- Document renewals
- Moving to or from Washington, D.C. as an existing Lyft driver
Apply to Drive
If you're applying to become a driver in Washington, D.C., check out the application steps.
Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. Refer to the image above for where to place your 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.
Upload Your Vehicle Registration
We need to have a photo of your vehicle registration on file, so make sure you upload it in the dashboard.
If your car is registered in Washington D.C., you should already have a safety inspection sticker on your windshield. See examples:
Lyft also accepts state inspections from Maryland or from Virginia. For more information on these inspections, learn more:
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents (license, registration, insurance). Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.
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 insurance*
- A clear photo of your Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland vehicle registration* — please note: Lyft vehicles in Washington D.C. must be from 2008 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, and they were issued in Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland, you do not need to resubmit them.
Moving from Washington, D.C. to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.