If you're a driver (or are applying to drive) in Chicago, visit this page instead.
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.
- What you need to drive with Lyft in Illinois
- Illinois driver regulations
- Know your insurance
- Moving to or from 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.
- 2009 or newer
- 2005 or newer
- 2003 or newer
- All other cities except Chicago. See Chicago requirements here.
- 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.
- Valid driver’s license — Temporary or out-of-state licenses are also acceptable
- Bloomington and Peoria only: valid Illinois driver's license
- 25 or older (Excluding Chicago, where the age is 21 or older. See Chicago's driving requirements)
- 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.
- Driver profile photo: Learn how to take the best photo
- Vehicle registration
- Personal vehicle insurance
- Bloomington vehicle inspection: See how to get yours
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.
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Illinois, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Review Lyft's coverage here.
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.