Vehicle requirements

We have high safety standards for vehicles on the Lyft platform. Vehicles must meet the criteria below and any city or state requirements.

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.

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Vehicle age

Lyft vehicles must be model age 2006 or newer unless listed below:

Lyft market or state Oldest vehicle year
Alabama: Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile 2008
California (all cities) 2004
Colorado (all cities) 2004
Washington, D.C. 2008
Hawaii (all cities) 2002
Illinois: Bloomington 2008
Illinois: Chicago 2004
Louisiana: New Orleans 2010
Maryland (all cities) 2008
Massachusetts (all cities) 2004
Minnesota: Duluth 2008
Minnesota: Minneapolis-St. Paul 2005
Nebraska: Omaha 2002
Nevada: Las Vegas 2008
Nevada: Reno 2002
New Jersey (all cities) 2004
New York: New York City Vehicle age requirements governed by the TLC
New York: (all cities except NYC) 2004
North Carolina: Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham 2002
Pennsylvania (all cities) 2004
Ohio: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo 2002
Oregon: Portland 2008
Rhode Island: Providence 2004
South Dakota: Sioux Falls 2008
Tennessee: Nashville, Jackson, & Cookeville 2004
Texas: Austin, Dallas, & Houston 2004
Vermont (all cities) 2008
Virginia: Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, Richmond, Roanoke, & Harrisonburg 2005
Virginia: Virginia Beach 2002
Washington: Seattle & Tacoma 2008

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4 doors

  • Lyft vehicles must have four doors
  • All four doors must be able to open and close from the interior and the exterior
  • Passengers must be able to unlock and lock their own doors

Here are some examples of cars with jump doors that aren't Lyft approved:

Car with jump doorsPickup truck with jump doors

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  • Engine, suspension, steering, and brakes must be fully functional and safe
  • If you were asked to fix these, visit a mechanic and have them perform the appropriate inspection or repair based on the issue with your car (see our inspection form.)

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Seat belts

  • All seat belts equipped in the vehicle must be functional
  • There must be at least five seat belts, including the driver's

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All exterior lights must function.

  • Headlights (both high and low beams)
  • Turn signals (both sides, front and rear)
  • Brake lights
  • Reverse lights (both lights)

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Car must be free of body damage and dents. Taxis and stretch limousines aren't allowed on the Lyft platform.

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All tires need sufficient tread. If you need to show us your tires are in good condition, perform a penny test and take a picture of each tire. Tap 'Contact Support' below to send the photos as attachments so we can sign off.

Here's what a penny test looks like:

Penny test

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  • Windshield must be free of large cracks or any cracks in the driver’s field of vision
  • Windows must be functional (able to roll up and down) and free of cracks
  • Mirrors must be free of cracks

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Wipers must be in good condition and functional.

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Horn must function.

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Seat adjustment controls

Front seats must be able to move forward and backward.

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Tailpipe and muffler

The vehicle's exhaust system must meet state standards (lacking modification and excessive wear).

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A/C and heat

Air conditioning and heat must be fully functional.

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