New York State Driver Information

Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in New York, and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.

If you're a driver in New York City, visit this page instead.

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Apply to Drive

If you're applying to become a driver in New York State, check out the application steps.

Get Set to Drive

Set Your Vehicle up Correctly

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Lyft emblem

Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. Refer to the image above for where to place your 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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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

  • Set your vehicle up correctly every time you drive.
  • Follow all airport rules.
  • Do not accept street hails.
  • Do not accept cash for rides.
  • Do not stop, park, load, or unload passengers in a travel lane or in an officially designated bus or taxi stop.
  • If you run into any issues on the road, let us know.

Driver Mode Limits

In addition to Lyft's mandatory break requirement, New York City regulations require that drivers:

  • Provide rides for no more than 10 consecutive hours
  • Provide rides for no more than 60 total hours within a 7-day period

Only time spent in actual rides count toward these limitations.

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Updating Your Driver Profile

Document Renewals

Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents. Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.

Required Documents

  1. New York State Driver's License - Issued by DMV
  2. Vehicle Registration - Issued by DMV
  3. Personal Vehicle Insurance

See details and sample images of each required document below. For additional information, you can text our Operations Support Team at (718) 715-4203.

New York State Driver's license

You must have a valid New York State driver’s license. A temporary license is acceptable, but be sure to upload your permanent copy when you receive it.


Vehicle Registration

You must upload a copy of your registration for your personal vehicle. 

Moving to or From New York as an Existing Lyft Driver

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

  • Your name, phone number, and email address associated with your Lyft account
  • The city you are currently driving in
  • The area of New York State you’d like to switch to
  • A photo of your New York state driver’s license

You can also come visit us in person at our Long Island City Hub.

Please note: If you are a driver whose home region is New York City, and a passenger ride has brought you into New Jersey, your next match should be a ride request heading back to New York City.

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

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