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 Texas.
To apply to drive in Texas, 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.
- What you need to drive with Lyft in Texas
- Texas driver regulations
- Know your insurance
- In-person support (Lyft Hubs)
- Moving to or from Texas
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.
- 2016 or newer
- 2011 or newer
- Dallas Fort Worth
- San Antonio
- 2006 or newer
- All other cities
- 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.
- Valid driver’s license — Temporary or out-of-state licenses are also acceptable
- 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.
You must be at least 21 to drive in the following areas:
- College Station
- El Paso
- San Angelo
In all other areas, you must be at least 25.
- Driver profile photo: Learn how to take the best photo
- Texas vehicle registration sticker (see example)
- Personal vehicle insurance
Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.
The Lyft emblem should be displayed in the lower corner of your windshield on the passenger side every time you enter driver mode. 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, order one in your Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Texas, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
In Texas, Lyft’s standard time limit for driver mode applies.
- Under Texas law, texting while driving is now a misdemeanor.
- This law does NOT prohibit you from using your phone as a Lyft driver.
- The law includes an exception that allows Lyft or other TNC drivers to use their phones for work, so long as they are permanently or temporarily mounted on their vehicles.
- Under the law, all drivers may still use their phones to navigate, to report illegal activity, or in an emergency.
- Lyft drivers should ensure that their phones are mounted while driving on the platform.
To see city-specific resources for wheelchair accessible vehicles, click here.
- Display all required emblems and placards
- Always have your driver’s license and insurance document
- Follow all airport rules
- Don't accept street hails
- Don't accept cash for rides
- Don't wait in taxi lines
Review Lyft's coverage here.
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.
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Texas, send us a message with the following info:
- The date you're moving
- Your new shipping address
- A clear photo of your Texas vehicle registration sticker (sample image below)
Moving from Texas to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you’ll need to take.