How to start an application
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.
See your application status
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.
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:
The region in which you're applying to be a driver.
Any promo code you're trying to apply to your account
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.
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.