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Colorado 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 Colorado.

To apply to drive in Colorado, 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 Colorado

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

  • 2004 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

You must be at least 25 to drive in the following areas:

  • Colorado Springs
  • Resort Rockies
  • Fort Collins
  • Grand Junction

In all other areas, you must be at least 21.

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Document requirements

Colorado vehicle inspection

Drivers are required to have a vehicle inspection before becoming approved to drive, and at least annually thereafter. Keep a current inspection form in your vehicle at all times while in driver mode.

To find an inspection location, schedule an appointment, or upload your inspection document, see the Driver Dashboard.

If you attend an onboarding event, your inspection will be performed there. If you visit a mechanic on your own instead, have them use this form. Inspections may cost around $20-30 but vary depending on the facility. Lyft doesn’t cover the cost of annual inspections or inspections for existing drivers.

Inspections are valid until the marked expiration date. If no expiration date is marked, Lyft requires a new inspection one year after the inspection date.

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Colorado TNC Medical Exam

Drivers are required to pass a Colorado TNC Driver Medical Exam. Upon passing the exam, you will be issued a TNC Driver Medical Certificate. Keep the certificate in your vehicle at all times while in driver mode.

If you attend an onboarding event at a Lyft hub, your medical exam will be performed at no cost.

Denver Hub
1401 Zuni St., Suite #105
Denver, CO 80204
Monday - Friday: 9AM - 7PM
Saturday: 9AM - 5PM
Sunday: Closed

Aurora Hub
2930 S Havana St.
Aurora, CO 80014
Monday - Friday: 9AM - 6PM

When your medical certificate expires, follow these steps:

  1. Download and print the TNC Driver Medical Examination Packet.
  2. Bring the packet to a certified health professional (any MD, DO, PA or Nurse Practitioner) to have them complete it. Check the map below for a convenient location. Please call ahead and schedule an appointment with the clinic you're planning to visit. Fees may apply.
  3. Upload a picture of your new medical certificate in the Driver Dashboard.
  4. Keep the completed Medical Examiner's Certificate in your glovebox at all times while in driver mode.

Medical Exams in the Colorado Rockies:

Drivers living west of the Front Range can schedule a medical exam appointment with WSi Healthcare.

Medical Clinic Locations:

Here’s an example of the medical certificate:

Medical Certificate

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Business license and permits

Telluride

The Town of Telluride advises that drivers who reside there should obtain a business license. Learn more on the Town of Telluride’s website.

Keep your business license in your vehicle in case the authorities ask to see it.

Vail

It is the Town of Vail’s position that commercial operators are required to obtain a permit for each vehicle at least 30 days prior to each Transportation Year. Permits may cost between $25 and $50. Learn more on the Town of Vail's website.

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Emblem requirements

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Lyft trade dress emblem

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.

CO emblems

The Lyft emblem should be displayed in the lower right-hand corner (passenger side) of your front windshield at all times while giving Lyft rides. Make sure to remove the emblem when you are not in driver mode

Lyft emblem

If you didn't get an emblem or need a new one, place an order in your Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.

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Airport displays

Keep a Lyft emblem displayed at all times while giving Lyft rides at any Colorado airport.

If you’re giving a non-Lyft ride at the airport, make sure to remove your Lyft emblem before entering airport property.

View driving requirements for specific airports in Colorado.

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Colorado driver regulations

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

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Hourly driver mode limits

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has strict limits about how long TNC drivers may spend in driver mode. Drivers may not:

  • Spend more than 12 consecutive hours in driver mode
  • Spend a total of 16 hours in driver mode within one day. Drivers who reach this limit must take an 8 hour break.
  • Spend more than 70 total hours in driver mode in one week

Lyft regulations allow drivers to be in driver mode for a maximum of 12 hours a day regardless of regional regulations.

What happens if I drive for more hours than I’m allowed?

If you drive more than the number of hours allowed by the PUC, Lyft will pause your account. If you continue to violate these rules, you may be permanently deactivated and are at risk of fines up to $2,500 per day.

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Prepare for random vehicle inspections

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) randomly audits drivers for compliance. If you receive a ride request from a PUC Investigator, they will let you know once you arrive at their pickup location. Once you arrive at the pickup location, the examiner will cancel the ride and perform the audit. You should exit driver mode during the process.

The investigator will briefly check the condition of your vehicle (brakes, tire tread, windshield etc.). He or she will also check to make sure you have the following documents:

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Zero-tolerance policy

Lyft has a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy for drivers.

Passengers are encouraged to contact Lyft's Critical Response Line if they suspect a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol; to contact us, click the "Call Me" button on this page. Lyft will immediately suspend the driver’s access to the app platform pending an investigation.

In the course of a zero-tolerance investigation, Lyft will contact the passenger for further details relating to a suspected zero-tolerance policy violation. Prior passengers of a driver under investigation will be contacted if necessary. If an investigation results in definitive evidence or even a strong suspicion of a zero-tolerance policy violation, the driver will be permanently deactivated.

Lyft also actively monitors passenger feedback for indicators of a zero-tolerance policy violation. When feedback has been flagged, the Lyft will review the comments and if the comments indicate that a violation of the zero-tolerance policy may have occurred, the driver will be suspended while the Trust & Safety team conducts an investigation.

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Anti-discrimination policy

Lyft drivers are to provide services to the public in a nondiscriminatory manner, regardless of geographic location of the departure point or destination, once the driver and rider have been matched through the app. Our platform-wide anti-discrimination policy can be viewed in full here.

You are required to immediately report to Lyft any refusal to transport a passenger after you have been matched for a ride if your refusal was based on discrimination due to the passenger's departure point, destination, race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

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Best practices

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Know your insurance

It’s important to understand Lyft’s insurance coverage in the event of an incident.

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In-person support (Lyft Hubs)

We're opening Lyft Hubs across the country to offer in-person support for drivers. Your local Hub is a one-stop shop for answers on everything from setting up direct deposit to discovering where you’ll get the most ride requests.

Locate a Hub in your area

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Moving to or from Colorado

To drive with Lyft in Colorado, you’re required to obtain:

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

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address
  • Clear photos of your vehicle insurance and Colorado vehicle registration. If you already have Colorado vehicle registration on file with Lyft, you don’t need to send it in again.

Also make sure your vehicle meets requirements for Colorado.

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

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