Vehicle requirements

We have high safety standards for vehicles on the Lyft platform, which include meeting any city or state requirements.

Taxis and stretch limousines are not allowed on the Lyft platform.

We are no longer accepting many subcompact vehicles.

Go to lyft.com/drivers to start an application or check your application status. Head to driver application requirements for driver requirements.

If your vehicle requires an inspection, visit your state's page here — the inspection form you need to use, along with mechanic locations (if applicable), are listed there.

Don't own a car? Lyft's Express Drive program helps you rent a car so you can start driving.

Vehicle age

Before applying to drive or moving to a new city, head to driver application requirements and scroll down to find your new city or state, and it's minimum vehicle age requirement.

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Doors and seatbelts

All Lyft vehicles are required to have 4 doors. Vehicles are required to have a minimum of 5 seatbelts (including the driver's), with a maximum of 8 seatbelts.

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Subcompact vehicles

To provide a comfortable rider experience, certain subcompact vehicles are not eligible on the Lyft platform as of February 25, 2019. Subcompact vehicles typically have an interior combined passenger and cargo volume index of less than 100 cubic feet, which makes for a tight space for passengers.

List of ineligible subcompact makes and models:

  • Chevrolet: Aveo, Aveo5, Metro, Volt
  • Daewoo: Lanos
  • Ford: Fiesta
  • Hyundai: Accent
  • Kia: Rio, Rio 5-Door, Rio Cinco, Rio5
  • Mazda: Mazda 2
  • MINI: Cooper, Cooper Clubman, Cooper Countryman, Cooper Countryman Hybrid, Cooper Hardtop, Cooper S, Cooper S Clubman, Cooper S Countryman, Cooper S Countryman All4, Cooper S Countryman All4 Hybrid, Cooper S Countryman Hybrid, Cooper S Hardtop
  • Pontiac: G3
  • Scion: xD

If you're an existing driver and you were approved to drive with a subcompact vehicle prior to February 25, 2019, you'll be able to continue driving with your existing subcompact vehicle. You won't be able to add a second vehicle that is classified as subcompact, or replace your existing vehicle with a different subcompact vehicle.

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