#

Pennsylvania Driver Information

This page provides information about vehicle and document requirements, state regulations, insurance coverage, and city-specific requirements, needed to drive with Lyft in the state of Pennsylvania.

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

Skip to:

Apply to drive

If you're applying to drive in Pennsylvania, see the application steps.


Vehicle requirements

All vehicles must have 4 doors, 5-8 seats (including the driver's), and fewer than 350,000 miles. No taxis, livery vehicles, limos, black cars, or other for-hire vehicles are allowed on the Lyft platform.

If you’re in Pittsburgh, your vehicle must be 2003 or newer. Vehicles in all other cities must be 2004 or newer.

Back to top


Emblem requirements

Skip to:

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

Select the temporary emblem below to open in a new window so you can print them out.

Lyft emblem

Our emblems use a non-permanent adhesive, which can easily be removed.

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.

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.

Back to top


Document & inspection requirements

Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.

Use the Driver Dashboard to upload your documents up to 31 days before they expire.

Skip to:

Driver photo

Lyft requires a photo of all drivers. Your driver photo is a passenger’s first impression of you when they request a ride. See tips for taking a great profile photo.

Driver’s license

Drivers are required to have a valid driver's license, which can be issued by any state. A temporary license is acceptable, but be sure to upload your permanent copy when you receive it.

Vehicle registration

Drivers are required to provide proof of vehicle registration. Vehicle registration expires annually.

Personal vehicle insurance

Drivers are required to have personal vehicle insurance. Personal vehicle insurance plans vary, and must be updated before your policy’s expiration date.

Vehicle inspection sticker

Drivers must provide a photo of their vehicle's state inspection sticker within 90 days of being approved to drive.

To find an inspection location, schedule an appointment, or upload a photo of your inspection sticker, see the Driver Dashboard. Inspections may cost around $20-30 but vary depending on the facility. Lyft doesn’t cover the cost of annual inspections or inspections for existing drivers.

Inspections are valid until the marked expiration date.

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

Pennsylvania registered drivers

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
Example PennDOT sticker 2

 

New Jersey registered drivers

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

 

Delaware registered drivers

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

Back to top


Pennsylvania driver regulations

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

Skip to:

Best practices

  • Display all required emblems
  • Always have your required documents with you
  • Follow all airport rules
  • Don't accept street hails
  • Don't accept cash for rides
  • Don't wait in taxi lines or travel lanes

Hourly driver mode limits

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

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.

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.

Reporting concerns

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

Philadelphia
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

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.

Back to top


Insurance coverage

It’s important to understand Lyft’s insurance policy in the event of an incident.

Back to top


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.

Visit the Philadelphia Hub.

Locate a Hub in your area.

Back to top


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 by selecting 'Contact Support' below 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, or Delaware vehicle inspection sticker.

Also make sure your vehicle meets requirements for Pennsylvania.

If you’re moving from Pennsylvania to a different state, find your new state to see what documents you'll need.

Back to top

Need something else?

Contact Support
115013083528 en-us