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 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.

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:


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:

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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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


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.

Bicycle & 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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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 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

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.

Received your DFHV decal, or already have one?

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 to see what steps you'll need to take.

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