Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Maryland, and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.
- Apply to drive
- Setting up your vehicle
- Insurance information
- Tips and best practices
- Driver mode limits
- Document renewals
- Moving to or from Maryland as an existing Lyft driver
Apply to Drive
If you're applying to become a driver in Maryland, check out the application steps.
Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem should be displayed in the lower corner of the rear passenger side window. Make sure to remove the emblem when you are not in driver mode.
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.
All Maryland drivers must apply for a TNO (Transportation Network Operator) license. You'll be prompted to give consent in the Driver app, and Lyft will apply for a TNO license on your behalf.
You are required to have your vehicle inspected. Your vehicle inspection must be from one of the following states, and must be an official state inspection (no emissions inspections):
We recommend contacting your local mechanic to confirm they offer state inspections. See a list of locations that will complete a Maryland State Inspection for your vehicle here.
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.
Already have a completed inspection form? Submit it through the Dashboard.
Verify Your Vehicle Has Been Inspected
You can use the Maryland State Police lookup tool to verify car has passed a Maryland State Inspection in the last year. To do so, visit this website and search your vehicle's VIN.
If your vehicle has an approved vehicle inspection, the result will say 'Pass.'
If you don't have a copy of your state inspection document, take a screenshot of your vehicle's inspection info on the Maryland State Police website. The photo must include the VIN, inspection date, and result. Upload the screenshot as your state inspection document in your Driver app or Driver Dashboard.
If You Give Rides in Virginia
The state of Virginia requires you to complete a safety inspection.
If you haven't already, upload your registration and inspection certificate (with your VIN and inspection date clearly visible) in the Dashboard.
Here's an example of what the inspection certificate looks like:
Upload Your Vehicle Registration
We need to have a photo of your vehicle registration on file, so make sure you upload it in the Dashboard.
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.
- Review Lyft's insurance policy here.
- View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance.
- Set your vehicle up correctly every time you drive.
- Follow all airport rules.
- Do not accept street hails.
- Do not accept cash for rides.
- Do not wait in taxi lines.
- If you run into any issues on the road, let us know.
If you are a Maryland Driver, you agree that if Lyft permanently deactivates you from the Lyft Platform, you will return or destroy all Lyft trade dress in your possession. You also agree to notify Lyft within three business days if you are convicted or arrested for a violent crime, felony, sexual offense, drug-related offense, or any other offense that may reasonably bear on your fitness as a driver.
In addition to Lyft's mandatory break requirement, Virginia regulations require that drivers spend no more than 13 hours in driver mode within a 24-hour period.
Ft. Meade access
Ft. Meade, like any other military base, has access restrictions. If your access to the base has been restricted, please visit the Ft. Meade Visitor Center at 902 Reece Rd, Fort Meade, MD 20755. Military base access restrictions are not controlled by Lyft.
If your insurance, vehicle registration, or driver's license status changes in any way, we need updated records to ensure full compliance with Maryland law. Always update your documents via the driver dashboard immediately after receiving them.
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Maryland, send us a message with the following info:
- The date you're moving
- Your new shipping address
- A clear photo of your vehicle registration*
- A clear photo of your Maryland or Virginia vehicle inspection**
*If you were already required to upload your vehicle registration when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again.
**If you were already required to upload a Maryland or Virginia inspection when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again. See more details here.
You will also be required to sign the Maryland TNO application if you have not already. See more details here.
Please note: vehicles in Maryland must be from 2007 or newer.
Moving from Maryland to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.