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Kentucky Driver Information

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

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Apply to Drive

If you're applying to become a driver in Kentucky, check out the application steps.


Vehicle Requirements

All vehicles must be 2003 or newer, have 4 doors, and 5-8 seats, including the driver's.

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Additional Requirements to Drive

Defensive Driving Course

All drivers in Kentucky are required to take the NSC Defensive Driving course. If you've previously completed the NSC Defensive Driver course, no need to take it again. Simply upload your completion certificate to your Dashboard or Lyft Driver App.

If you have not previously completed the course, follow the instructions below. The course must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer, and it takes 2 to 4 hours to complete.

  1. Visit http://www.safetyserve.com/LYFT
  2. Select "New Student," and then "New Student Registration"
  3. Enter in KYLYFTDDC as your access code and submit
  4. Choose a login ID and password on the registration page, and submit. Use the phone number and email address linked with your Lyft account so we can verify your completion of the course.
  5. On the "My Courses" page, select "Safety," then "NSC Defensive Driving 10th Edition R2"
  6. Complete the course and upload your certificate to your Dashboard or Lyft Driver App. If you've already taken the course and need help accessing your certificate, contact the course provider, Safety Serve, at 1-800-775-1484.

Here's what the Defensive Driving course certificate looks like:

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Get Set to Drive

Set Your Vehicle up Correctly

windshield setup

Lyft Trade Dress Emblem

Lyft emblem

Drivers are encouraged to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. Refer to the image above for where to place your 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, place an order in your Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.

Display your TNC vehicle decal

Lyft will send you a grey TNC vehicle decal. Once you receive your decal, place it on the lower right hand (passenger side) corner of your front window.

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Hit the Road

You are an approved driver, your ride is decked out with all the right things in all the right places, and you’re no stranger to the ins and outs of driving with Lyft.

Know Your Insurance Coverage

  • Review Lyft's insurance policy here.
  • View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance.

Tips and Best Practices

Driver Mode Limits

Kentucky regulations require that drivers:

  • Take an 8-hour break after spending 12 consecutive hours in driver mode
  • Take a 10-hour break after spending 16 total hours in driver mode within a 24-hour period

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Updating Your Driver Profile

Document Renewals

Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents (license, registration, insurance). Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.

Annual Vehicle Inspection

Drivers in Kentucky must get an annual vehicle inspection. Print this form and bring it to a mechanic for an inspection.

Please upload a photo of your completed inspection form in the Dashboard.

TNC Vehicle Authorization Form

If your name isn't listed on your vehicle registration, you must complete this authorization form to use that vehicle on the Lyft platform. Have the owner of the vehicle sign the form, and keep a copy in your vehicle at all times while in driver mode.

When uploading a photo of your vehicle registration, include the registration document and authorization form side by side in the same picture.

Moving to or From Kentucky as an Existing Lyft Driver

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

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address
  • A clear photo of your vehicle registration (side by side with your TNC Vehicle Authorization Form in the same picture, if necessary)*
  • A clear photo of your completed vehicle inspection form**

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

**Vehicles in Kentucky require an inspection within 30 days of approval to be on the road, and an annual inspection after that. Please follow the Annual Vehicle Inspection instructions above.

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

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