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Washington D.C. Driver Information

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.

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Apply to Drive

If you're applying to become a driver in Washington, D.C., check out the application steps.


Get Set to Drive

Set Your Vehicle up Correctly

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Lyft Trade Dress Emblem

Lyft emblem

Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem should be displayed in the lower corner of your rear windshield on the passenger side. 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.

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.


Upload a 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:

Sign the TNO Application Form

We are applying for a TNO (Transportation Network Operator) license on your behalf. You'll receive an application form to sign electronically — look for an email from our partner, HelloSign, with a link to this document.


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.

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Hit the Road

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.

Know Your Insurance Coverage

  • Review Lyft's insurance policy here.
  • View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance.

Tips and Best Practices

Zero-Tolerance

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.

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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Updating Your Driver Profile

Document Renewals

Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents (license, registration, insurance). Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.

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 insurance*
  • A clear photo of your Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland driver's license*
  • 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.

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