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Delaware 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 Delaware.

To apply to drive in Delaware, 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.

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What you need to drive with Lyft in Delaware

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

  • 2003 or newer
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
  • Vehicle registration
  • 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
  • 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

Delaware vehicle inspection

Drivers in Delaware are required to upload proof of inspection.

  • If your vehicle is registered in Delaware: Delaware license plate with expiration date sticker
  • If your vehicle is registered outside of Delaware: State vehicle inspection

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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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Delaware driver regulations

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

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Hourly driver mode limits

In Delaware, Lyft’s standard time limit for driver mode applies.

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Hands-free laws

Drivers giving rides in Delaware must abide by the hands-free cell phone laws - which say that you must use a hands-free device when you are talking on a cell phone. You are also banned from using a PDA, laptops, or any other electronic device while operating your car.

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Defensive Driving course

Although not a requirement to drive in Delaware, the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles offers a Defensive Driving Program. A list of companies that offer approved defensive driving courses in Delaware can be found here.

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Lienholder Disclosure

If the vehicle you use to provide Lyft rides has a lien against it, you're required to notify the lienholder that you are using the vehicle to give Lyft rides. Using a vehicle with a lien against it to give Lyft rides may violate your contract with the lienholder. 

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Office of Public Carrier Regulation

The Office of Public Carrier Regulation has asked us to inform you that any person conducting business in the State of Delaware may be required to obtain a Delaware business license from the Delaware Division of Revenue. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Delaware Division of Revenue at 302-577-8778 or http://revenue.delaware.gov/.

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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/bus 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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Moving to or from Delaware

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

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address
  • A clear photo of your vehicle registration*
  • A clear photo of your Delaware license plate with vehicle inspection sticker (sample above) or any other state inspection**
  • A clear photo of your insurance policy

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

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

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

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