How to apply to become a driver

Applying to be a driver is easy as long as you and your vehicle meet requirements. Start your application online or through the app.

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How to start an application

Create a Lyft account through the app or on the web at lyft.com/drivers.

Enter your name, phone number, and email address, then submit all the info we need to ensure you meet the requirements. If you sign out of your account, any application info you've submitted will be saved.

If you have a promo code, enter it when creating an account. If you apply through a link on a website, the code will be added automatically. 

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See your application status

Check your application status any time at lyft.com/drivers.

Make sure you log in using the same info each time, whether logging in to the website or mobile app.

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Applicant checks and issues

There are a few things we check for when approving drivers, and a few reasons why your application may take longer than expected.

Background check: Background checks can take several weeks to process because of the number of agencies involved. Keep in mind our support team doesn't have access to the details of your background check, only whether you were cleared.

Check for updates to your background check at lyft.com/drivers.

Vehicle: See Vehicle requirements for details.

City- and state-specific requirements: See your region's city- and state-specific driver information for details on TNC permitting and vehicle inspection requirements.

Referral code: Remember you must enter any new driver referral codes when creating your account and application.

If you have a question or problem with your application, tap 'Contact Support' below and choose the drop-down that most closely describes your issue. Include the following:

  1. The region in which you're applying to be a driver.
  2. Screenshot of any error message you see (learn How to take screenshots of the app)
  3. Any promo code you're trying to apply to your account
  4. Details of the issue you're experiencing

Community Safety Education program: As a new driver, you’ll need to complete our Community Safety Education program before you hit the road. This was developed in partnership with RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the US.

This program empowers drivers to handle challenging passenger situation and create a safe and comfortable ride for everyone. As of 12/15/2019, all Lyft drivers are required to complete this program in order to access Driver Mode.

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Applicant Waitlist

New applicants will be automatically added to our waitlist. This makes sure there’s a better balance of drivers and passengers in your region.

The waitlist is a hold on your application request that will be removed when additional spots for new drivers open up in your city. It’s hard to say exactly how long you’ll be on the waitlist due to a variety of factors that affect demand in certain areas. The waitlist doesn’t impact existing drivers. We’ll send you a notification as soon as a spot opens up!

As soon as you’re removed from the waitlist you’ll be able to complete all necessary application steps. Once your application and documents are approved, you can start driving.

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