Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

To apply to drive in Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania

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 and less than 350,000 miles
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
  • Not on the list of ineligible subcompact vehicles
  • No taxis, livery vehicles, limos, black cars, or other for-hire vehicles
  • 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

  • Valid driver’s license — Temporary or out-of-state licenses are also acceptable.
  • You must be 25 years or older to drive.
  • Pass a driver screening, which reviews your driving history and criminal background check. Learn more about driver screenings.
  • Any smartphone that can download and run the Lyft Driver app. See phone software recommendations.


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Document requirements

Vehicle Inspection Sticker

Drivers must provide a photo of their vehicle's state inspection sticker.

We accept inspection stickers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, or New York State:

We also accept inspections from all Pennsylvania licensed mechanics (including NTB, Pep Boys, and Jiffy Lube). You can find inspection stations in Pennsylvania here.

We don’t cover the cost of annual inspections or inspections for existing drivers.

Inspections are valid until the marked expiration date.

Go to your Driver Dashboard to upload a photo of your inspection sticker.

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Pennsylvania PennDOT windshield sticker

If your car is registered in Pennsylvania, it already undergoes this inspection every year and your mechanic puts a vehicle inspection sticker next to the emissions sticker on your front windshield. You can upload a photo of your annual inspection sticker in the Dashboard.

Here’s where your you’ll find your Pennsylvania inspection sticker:

PennDOT sticker placement


Here are some examples of what the sticker looks like: 

Example PennDOT sticker 2
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New Jersey windshield sticker

Upload a photo of your most recent New Jersey vehicle inspection sticker in the Dashboard.

Here are some examples of what the sticker looks like:

Example NJ sticker
Example NJ sticker 2
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Delaware license plate with expiration date sticker

Upload a photo of your rear Delaware license plate with a valid expiration sticker in the Dashboard.

Here’s an example of what the plate looks like:

Example DE sticker
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New York State inspection sticker

Upload a photo of your most recent New York State vehicle inspection sticker in the Dashboard.

Here are some examples of what the sticker looks like:

Example NJ sticker
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Emblem requirements

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Lyft trade dress emblem

If you drive in Philadelphia, local laws require drivers to always display two Lyft emblems when in driver mode: one on the front windshield and the other on the rear windshield. See the image below for placement instructions. Failure to display your Lyft emblems may result in citations or a fine, so make sure to display them every time you drive with Lyft.

Heads up: You will still need to display a rear emblem even if you have a tinted rear windshield.

If you drive in any other Pennsylvania city, drivers are required to display one Lyft emblem in their front windshield while in driver mode.

Pennsylvania emblem placement
Lyft emblem


After you’re approved to drive, your Lyft emblems will arrive within 1-2 weeks. If you didn't get your emblems or need new ones, place an order in your Dashboard. You can also print temporary emblems while waiting for the official ones to arrive, or pick up emblems at the Hub.

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Airport displays

Keep a Lyft emblem displayed at all times while giving Lyft rides at any Pennsylvania airport.

If you’re giving a non-Lyft ride at the airport, make sure to remove your Lyft emblem before entering airport property.

View driving requirements for specific airports in Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania driver regulations

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

In Pennsylvania, Lyft is regulated by the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

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Hourly driver mode limits

In Pennsylvania, Lyft’s standard time limit for driver mode applies.

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Philadelphia’s Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL)

In compliance with Philadelphia’s Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) ordinance, you may be eligible to temporarily request paid time off until December 31, 2020. This only applies to drivers in Philadelphia.

Paid leave eligibility

You are eligible for PHEL paid time off if you have worked at least 40 hours giving rides using the Lyft platform since January 1, 2020 in the City of Philadelphia. You must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • You have been subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to a public health emergency
  • You have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to a public health emergency
  • You’re experiencing symptoms related to the public health emergency and are seeking a medical diagnosis
  • You have been caring for an individual who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or who has been advised to self-quarantine due to a public health emergency
  • You have been caring for a child if the school/child care facility has closed in response to the public health emergency
  • You’re experiencing any other substantially similar condition to COVID-19, as specified by the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services in consultation with the U.S. Secretary of Treasury and U.S. Secretary of Labor

If you have received funds through the Lyft Driver Fund, it may be deducted from this paid time off. 

The amount of paid time off you're eligible for will be determined based on the hours you've worked and your total earnings in the last six months.

Accruing and requesting PHEL paid time off 

You will receive an email with information on how much time you are eligible for. You can request paid time off in the ‘Help’ section on your driver app.  

To request PHEL paid time off go to the Lyft Driver app:

  1. Tap ‘Help’ in the main menu
  2. Tap ‘Earnings or bonuses’
  3. Select ‘Philadelphia Paid Time Off (PHEL)’
  4. Choose the number of days
  5. Submit your request.

PHEL paid time off is paid out as a bonus in your account on your next scheduled payout date, or within 14 days. Paid time off payout amounts are located in your Recent Driver Earnings statement. You may only request payment one time. Any remaining balance will be not available for future use.

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Driving at Pittsburgh International Airport

To operate at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), all drivers are required to complete an airport lesson and quiz. You can access the quiz in your Driver Dashboard.

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Hands-free laws

Drivers giving rides in Delaware must abide by the hands-free cell phone laws, which say that you must use a hands-free device when you are talking on a cell phone. Driver must also never use a PDA, laptop, or any other electronic device while operating a car.

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Important Lyft policies

Zero tolerance policy

Lyft has a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy for drivers. Learn more.

Passengers are encouraged to contact Lyft's Critical Response Line if they suspect a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol; to contact us, click the "Call Me" button on this page. Lyft will immediately suspend the driver’s access to the app platform pending an investigation.

Anti-discrimination policy

Lyft drivers are to provide services to the public in a nondiscriminatory manner, regardless of geographic location of the departure point or destination, once the driver and rider have been matched through the app. Our platform-wide anti-discrimination policy can be viewed in full here.

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Report concerns

In addition to reporting concerns directly to Lyft, passengers in Pennsylvania can file reports with the following organizations:

Philadelphia Parking Authority
Phone: 215-683-9494
Email: TLDEnforcement@Philapark.org

All other Pennsylvania cities
Public Utility Commission's Bureau of Consumer Services
Phone: 800-692-7380
File a report online

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Driver resources

Defensive driving course

Although not a requirement to drive in Delaware, the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles offers a Defensive Driving Program both online and in a classroom setting. Find a course here. 

Philadelphia cleaning service

24/7 on-demand mess clean up is available through Aeyes Mobile Detailing (215-778-8720).

If you’ve used Aeyes’s cleaning service, let us know by selecting ‘Contact Support’ below, and provide the promo code 'CLEANPHI' in your message.

Aeyes Mobile Detailing is not affiliated with Lyft, and Lyft is not responsible for any damage resulting from the cleaning service.

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Best practices

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Know your insurance

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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 Pennsylvania

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

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address
  • A clear photo of your vehicle registration. If you were already required to upload your vehicle registration when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again.

To drive with Lyft in Pennsylvania, you’re required to obtain a Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, or New York State vehicle inspection sticker.

Also make sure your vehicle meets requirements for Pennsylvania.

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

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