Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.
If you're a driver in any other city in Minnesota, visit this page instead.
- Apply to drive
- Setting up your vehicle
- Tips and best practices
- Insurance information
- Document renewals
- Moving to or from Minneapolis/St. Paul as an existing Lyft driver
Apply to Drive
If you're applying to become a driver in Minneapolis/St. Paul, check out the application steps.
Get informed. Check out our downloadable PDF for best practices for driving in Minneapolis.
Local regulations require that all Lyft drivers display two Lyft emblems while in driver mode. One goes on the lower corner of your windshield, another one in the lower corner of your rear windshield. Make sure yours are always visible to your passengers, and if you need additional emblems:
- Print out a temporary emblem before your next adventure in driver mode.
If you’ve just been approved to drive, you should receive your Lyft emblems 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.
- Place the first emblem in the lower passenger side of your front windshield, and the second in the lower driver side of your rear windshield:
Keep the following in your vehicle:
- Completed inspection form
- Driver's license
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.
- 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.
Any time you’re in driver mode, you’re covered by Lyft’s primary liability insurance.
View Lyft's primary liability insurance or your personal insurance in the app: Menu > Vehicle > tap the Vehicle Photo > Personal Insurance or Lyft Insurance.
For Lyft drivers in the state of Minnesota, from the time you turn on the app, until you accept a ride, Lyft provides primary liability insurance with a $50,000 maximum limit for per person, $100,000 maximum limit for per accident, and $30,000 maximum limit for property damage. From the time you accept a ride until you drop off a passenger, Lyft’s primary liability insurance covers up to $1.5 million. That’s at a combined single limit, including bodily injury, property damage, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Lyft also provides Personal Injury Protection (PIP) from the time you turn on the app until you drop off a passenger.
Your personal auto insurance policy may not provide coverage while you are giving Lyft rides or logged into the app in driver mode, depending on the terms of the policy.
Using a vehicle with a lien against it to give rides on the Lyft platform may violate your contract with the lienholder.
Background check consent
By submitting an application to drive in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, you consent to a criminal history and driving record background check conducted on an audit basis by the City of St. Paul or the City of Minneapolis.
Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents (license, registration, insurance). Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Minneapolis/St. Paul, send us a message with the following info. If you're moving to any other city in Minnesota, follow the steps here instead.
- The date you're moving
- Your new shipping address
- Minnesota or Wisconsin driver's license*
- Minnesota or Wisconsin vehicle insurance*
*If the driver's license and/or insurance you originally submitted when you became a driver were issued in Minnesota or Wisconsin, you do not need to send them in again.
- 2005 or newer
- Vehicles from 2005, 2006 & 2007: Odometer reading of less than one hundred and fifty thousand (150,000) miles
- Vehicles 2008 and newer: No odometer reading restriction
- Pass a city-approved vehicle inspection (more information and inspection locations below)
Moving from Minneapolis/St. Paul to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.
If you are moving to Minneapolis/St. Paul, have your vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic, using the city's inspection form.
- Print the form. Bring this form to a city-approved mechanic (see map below).
- Upload the form. Upload a photo of the completed form in the Dashboard.
- Keep the form in your glovebox. The city may ask you to produce it when they do audits of 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.
Check this map for a convenient location so you can get your vehicle re-inspected, and stay active on the Lyft platform. Please call ahead and schedule an appointment with the shop you're planning to visit.
|Bobby & Steve's Autoworld||$35|
|Victory Auto Service & Glass||$35|
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