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Washington 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 Washington.

To apply to drive in Washington, 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.

If you're a driver in Seattle, King County, or Tacoma, visit this page instead.

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What you need to drive with Lyft in Washington

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

  • 2009 or newer:
    • Olympia
    • Seattle, Tacoma, King’s County (for all Seattle, Tacoma, and King’s County requirements, see this page)
    • Yakima
  • 2004 or newer:
    • All other cities
  • 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

  • Valid driver’s license — Temporary or out-of-state licenses are also acceptable
  • Valid Washington driver's license:
    • Olympia
    • Seattle, King County, or Tacoma (for all Seattle, Tacoma, and King’s County requirements, see this page)
    • Yakima
  • 21 or older
  • Pass a driver screening, which reviews your driving history and criminal background check. Learn more about driver screenings.
  • Any smartphone that can download and run the Lyft Driver app. See phone software recommendations.

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Document requirements

 
Annual vehicle inspection

Drivers in Bellingham, Kennewick, Longview, Olympia/Thurston County, Pullman, Richland, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Yakima are required to have an annual vehicle inspection.

Note: In Bellingham, Kennewick, Thurston County, Richland, Spokane, and Yakima, inspections must be performed by an ASE certified mechanic.

  1. Print the form. Bring this form to a mechanic and have them perform your vehicle inspection.
  2. Upload a copy. Scan or take a photo of your completed inspection form and upload it to the Dashboard for our records.

Recommended inspection location for Pullman: Evergreen Tire Center

Bellingham Inspections

Bellingham regulations require all vehicle inspections to be ASE certified. Visit any of the following locations with a copy of the inspection form to receive an ASE certified inspection:

Jiffy Lube 4070 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
Jiffy Lube 2436 E Bakerview Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226
Firestone 1530 North State Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
Elliot Tire& Service Center 1621 Riverside Drive, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Emily's Garage 315 E Casino Rd suite a, Everett, WA 98208
Midas 4043 Guide Meridian Road, Bellingham, WA 98223
Midas 801 Ohio Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

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Kennewick and Richland Inspections

Kennewick and Richland regulations require all vehicle inspections to be ASE certified. Visit any of the following locations with a copy of the inspection form to receive an ASE certified inspection:

360 Automotive & Repair 6200 W Clearwater Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336
A-1 Auto Repair 620 E 3rd Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336
A-Z Auto 1402 W Kennewick Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336
Master Tech Automotive 1315 Lee Blvd., Richland, WA 99352
Meyers Auto Tech 1120 North Grant Place, Kennewick, WA 99336
Motoring Services 8920 W Victoria Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336
West Richland Auto Repair 3683 W Van Giesen Street, West Richland, WA 99353

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Spokane Inspections

Spokane regulations require all vehicle inspections to be performed be an ASE certified mechanic.  Visit any of the following locations with a copy of the inspection form to receive an ASE certified inspection:

Common Sense Motors 1427 N Division St 509-327-5122
Arrow Auto Repair 3030 E Mission Ave 509-535-2886
Riverside Automotive 2327 E Riverside Ave 509-315-5740
Walker’s Automotive 19009 E Appleway 509-922-0468
Stanley’s Service Center 5202 N Nevada St 509-327-1460
North Hill Auto Repair 4410 N Wall St 509-328-5670
Perfection Tire 604 E 2nd Ave 509-747-1164
Downtown Auto Specialists 430 E Sprague Ave 509-581-4229

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Business license / Individual licensing

The city or county where you live may require you to obtain a business license. Refer to your local city or county's website for these requirements. Keep your business license in your vehicle in case the authorities ask to see it.

Select a city for local requirements: 

 

Bellingham Business Registration

Drivers in Bellingham are required to obtain and upload a copy of their business registration.

Apply for your Bellingham business registration either in person or online by following these steps.

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Kennewick Business License

If you pick up passengers using the Lyft app in Kennewick, WA you are required to get a local business license if you have gross revenues in excess of twelve thousand dollars ($12,000) per year from business activities. You can apply online and learn more by following the link below.

Note: If you estimate to generate less than $12,000 per year, you are not required to register with the Washington State Department of Revenue and are exempt from seeking a city business license and paying a license fee, but in computing gross revenue, revenue from outside the City must be included. Proof of income shown by filed federal and/or state tax returns from the prior year must be maintained and presented upon demand to the City of Kennewick Finance Department.

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Longview Business License

If you pick up passengers using the Lyft app in Longview, WA, you are required to get a local business license. You can apply online and learn more by following this link:

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Richland Business License

If you pick up passengers using the Lyft app in Richland, WA you are required to get a local business license. You can apply online and learn more by following this link:

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Spokane For-Hire Driver License

To be approved to drive in Spokane, applicants are required to obtain a Spokane for-hire driver license. Your background check must be completed before you can go to the City of Spokane office.

Follow these steps to get your Spokane for-hire driver license:

  1. Upload your driver license, vehicle insurance, vehicle registration and vehicle inspection in the Lyft Driver App.
  2. Wait for your Lyft Background Check to complete. You’ll see a green checkmark in the app which will indicate it’s complete.
  3. Print and fill out this for-hire driver license application.
  4. You must include proof of Lyft certification with your for-hire driver license application. Once you’ve been approved to drive, Lyft will send you a confirmation email titled “Congrats! You’re Approved - Next Steps.” Print out this email and include it with your for-hire driver license application.
  5. All Lyft drivers must obtain a local business license. Follow these steps to obtain your business license before visiting the licensing office. Please note: If your business license application is still processing, for purposes of your for-hire driver license application, the City of Spokane licensing office will accept your receipt of payment for the business license in place of the business license itself.
  6. Applications must include two recent color photographs. The Police Records Department located in the Spokane Public Safety Building provides passport photo services. Photos can also be purchased from any passport photo services location.
  7. Visit the City of Spokane office to submit your for-hire driver license application and pay the $55 application fee to the City of Spokane:
    808 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

    509-625-6070

  8. Once you have your Spokane for-hire driver license, take a photo and upload it to your profile in the Lyft Driver App.

Note: For identification verification purposes, bring your driver’s license with you to the licensing office.

Already have a Spokane for-hire driver license? Upload it to your profile in the Lyft Driver App. You don’t need to apply again.

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Thurston County Business License (Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey & Yelm)

If you pick up passengers using the Lyft app in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey or Yelm you are required to get a local business license. You can apply online and learn more by following these links:


Yakima Business License

In order to be approved to drive in Yakima, applicants are required to obtain a Yakima business license.

Follow these steps to get your Yakima business license:

  1. Upload your driver’s license, vehicle insurance, vehicle registration and vehicle inspection in the Lyft Driver App.
  2. Wait for your Lyft Background Check to complete. You’ll see a green checkmark in the app which will indicate it’s complete.
  3. All Lyft drivers must obtain a local business license. First, you must obtain a Washington State business license through the Washington State Department of Revenue. Follow the steps outlined here in order to obtain your Washington State business license online. Note: You may also apply for this license in person at the local office located at:
    3703 River Road #3
    Yakima, WA 98902
  4. After obtaining your Washington State business license, all Lyft drivers must apply in-person for a Yakima business license. Visit Yakima City Hall to apply for your business license and pay the $42.90 application fee to the City of Yakima (prorated to $21.45 after June 30). For identification purposes make sure to bring your driver’s license and Washington state business license (UBI) with you to the licensing office. The office is located at:
    Yakima City Hall
    129 N 2nd Street
    2nd Floor
    Yakima, WA 9890
    Monday - Friday, 8:30AM - 5PM
  5. Once you have your Yakima business license and are approved to drive with Lyft you’ll be set to hit the road.

Already have a Yakima business license? No need to get another one. Once you’re approved to drive with Lyft you’re all set to hit the road.

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Emblem requirements

Drivers are encouraged 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, place an order in your Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.

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Washington driver regulations

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

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Hourly driver mode limits

In Washington, 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

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Know your insurance

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

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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 Washington

If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Washington, send us a message with the following info. If you're a driver in Seattle, King County, or Tacoma, visit this page instead:

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address
  • A clear photo of your vehicle registration*
  • Completed vehicle inspection (Olympia, Longview, and Pullman only — follow the annual vehicle inspection steps above)
  • Completed ASE certified vehicle inspection (Bellingham, Kennewick, Tri-Cities, Thurston County, Richland, Spokane, and Yakima only — follow the annual vehicle inspection steps above)
  • Business license (Bellingham only. Learn more.)

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

Please note, if you are moving to Olympia your vehicle must be from 2009 or newer, and your vehicle registration and insurance must be issued in Washington State.

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

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