Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

To apply to drive in Kentucky, 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 Kentucky

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
  • Kentucky 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

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Document requirements

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.

Defensive Driving course certificate

After being approved to drive, all Kentucky Lyft drivers are required are required to take the NSC Defensive Driving course. If you've previously completed the NSC Defensive Driving 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 "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:

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.

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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.

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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Kentucky driver regulations

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

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Hourly 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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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 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 Kentucky

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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