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 New York.
What you need to drive with Lyft in the State of New York
Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.
2005 or newer
5-8 seats, including the driver's
Not a taxi, livery, For-hire vehicle, or stretch limousine
Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification
In select cities, you can rent a car through Express Drive with standard insurance included. *Make sure we can see your valid driver’s license number and the date it was issued in the photo (see sample here). If your license was issued less than 1 year ago, please include another document in your photo to show additional driving record — for example, you can include an expired driver’s license. 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. 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. 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.
New York State driver regulations
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in New York State, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
Hourly driver mode limits
Only time spent in actual rides count toward these limitations.
Health safety requirement
Lyft is offering personal protection equipment to eligible drivers under New York’s Hero Act.
The Hero Act in New York mandates specific rules in response to an airborne infectious disease outbreak like COVID-19.
Eligible drivers interested in receiving masks should visit the Lyft Store and use the coupon code ‘NYMASK’.
All Drivers and riders are required to wear masks, leave the front seat empty, and keep windows down whenever possible on all rides.
Check out our Air Care Guide designed specifically for rideshare. It’s based on scientific research and has the latest guidance from the CDC to help you improve airflow during your rides
Always have your driver’s license and insurance document
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
Driving and going online in New York City
To minimize downtime and stabilize driver earnings, the number of cars that can be on the road in New York City is limited based on passenger demand. This means when you’re online, you should receive more rides and be able to earn more per hour. Plus, you’ll spend less time waiting for your next ride.
Review Lyft's coverage here.
Moving to or from New York State
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
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.