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Michigan Driver Information

This page provides information about vehicle, driver, and document requirements, state regulations, insurance coverage, and city-specific requirements, needed to drive with Lyft in the state of Michigan.

To apply to drive in Michigan, submit an application online or in the Lyft Driver app –– download it from the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play store. To be approved to drive, applicants must meet these requirements.

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What you need to drive with Lyft in Michigan

Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.

Use your Lyft Driver app or Driver Dashboard to upload your documents.

Vehicle requirements

  • 2006 or newer
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
  • Not on the list of ineligible subcompact vehicles
  • Not a taxi or stretch limousine
  • Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification

See if your car qualifies for Lyft Lux or Lyft Lux Black to earn more on each ride.

In select cities, you can rent a car through Express Drive with standard insurance included.

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Driver requirements

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Document requirements

Michigan vehicle inspection

If you’re applying to be a driver in Detroit, your driver application will direct you to visit one of our office locations. Once there, you'll receive an on-site vehicle inspection or be directed to see a mechanic for one. Our staff will guide you through the process.

If you've received a message from Lyft informing you of the need to have your vehicle inspected, or if you’re applying to drive anywhere else in Michigan, follow these steps:

  1. Print this inspection form.
  2. Visit one of the inspection locations listed here.
  3. Upload a photo of the completed form in the Dashboard.

Note: existing Michigan drivers are only required to have annual inspections if the vehicle is 5 years or older. Follow the instructions above to have your vehicle inspected.

Check this map for a convenient location so you can get your annual vehicle inspection updated, and stay active on the Lyft platform. We recommend calling ahead to schedule an appointment with the mechanic you're planning to visit; please note fees may apply.

 

 

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Emblem requirements

Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.

windshield setup

The Lyft emblem should be displayed in the lower corner of your windshield on the passenger side every time you enter driver mode. Make sure to remove the emblem when you are not in driver mode.

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, order one in your Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.

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Michigan driver regulations

Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Michigan, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.

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Hourly driver mode limits

In Michigan, Lyft’s standard time limit for driver mode applies.

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Best practices

  • Display all required emblems and placards
  • Always have your driver’s license and insurance document
  • Follow all airport rules
  • Don't accept street hails
  • Don't accept cash for rides
  • Don't wait in taxi lines
  • Do not stop, park, load, or unload passengers in a travel lane or in an officially designated bus or taxi stop.

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Know your insurance

Review Lyft's coverage here.

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In-person support (Lyft Hubs)

We're opening Lyft Hubs across the country to offer in-person support for drivers. Your local Hub is a one-stop shop for answers on everything from setting up direct deposit to discovering where you’ll get the most ride requests.

Locate a Hub in your area.

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Moving to or from Michigan

If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Michigan, send us a message with the following info:

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address
  • A clear photo of your vehicle registration*
  • A clear photo of your completed vehicle inspection form if your vehicle is 5 years or older**

*If you were already required to upload your vehicle registration when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again.

**Vehicles in Michigan that are 5 years and older require an inspection before they're approved to be on the road.

Moving from Michigan to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.

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