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Illinois 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 Illinois.

To apply to drive in Illinois, 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 Chicago, visit this page instead.

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What you need to drive with Lyft in Illinois

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
    • Bloomington
  • 2005 or newer
    • Decatur
    • Kankakee
  • 2003 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

Bloomington vehicle inspection

If you're applying to drive in Bloomington, print this form and bring it to an ASE certified mechanic for your vehicle inspection. Upload a photo of the completed form in the Dashboard.

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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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Illinois driver regulations

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

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Hourly driver mode limits

In addition to Lyft's mandatory break requirement, Chicago and Rockford regulations state that you cannot be in driver mode for more than 12 hours within a calendar day. After spending 12 consecutive hours in driver mode, you must take a break for a minimum of 8 consecutive hours.

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Disclosures

  • Your automobile insurance policy might not provide any coverage while you're logged in as a driver and are available to receive ride requests, or while engaged in a Lyft ride, depending on its terms.
  • Using a vehicle with a lien against the vehicle to provide transportation network services may violate your contract with the lien holder.

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

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Moving to or from Illinois

If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Illinois, send us a message with the following info. If you're moving to Chicago, follow the steps here instead.

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address
  • A clear photo of your vehicle registration*

If you're moving to Bloomington, you'll need a vehicle inspection, and your vehicle must be from 2009 or newer (more info below).

If you're moving to Decatur or Kankakee, your vehicle must be from 2005 or newer.

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

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

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