Minneapolis/St. Paul 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 Minneapolis/St.Paul.

If you’re a driver or are applying to drive in Minnesota, visit this page instead.

To apply to drive in Minneapolis/St.Paul, 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 Minneapolis/St.Paul

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

  • 2005 or newer
    • 2009 vehicles and older must have less than 150k mileage
    • For all Minnesota information, see this page
  • 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

*If you only have a temporary license, take a side-by-side photo of your old driver's license next to the temporary license. See example.

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Document requirements

Vehicle inspection

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.

Inspection Locations & Prices

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.

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Emblem requirements

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.

MSP Emblems

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.

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Minneapolis/St.Paul driver regulations

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

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Hourly driver mode limits

In Minneapolis/St.Paul, Lyft’s standard time limit for driver mode applies.

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Background 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.

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Best practices

  • Display all required emblems and placards
  • Always have your driver’s license, insurance document, and completed inspection form
  • Learn how to get around Minneapolis with this downloadable pdf
  • 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 coverage here.

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 coverage 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 coverage 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.

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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 Minneapolis/St.Paul

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
  • A clear photo of your Minnesota or Wisconsin driver's license (If you only have a temporary license, take a side-by-side photo of your old driver's license next to the temporary license. See example.)
  • Vehicle insurance*

Must meet vehicle requirements and pass a city-approved vehicle inspection.

*If you originally submitted vehicle insurance when you became a driver, you do not need to send it again.

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

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