California Airport Information for Drivers

As a driver on the Lyft platform, it's important that you know and follow airport regulations. While we've worked hard to reach agreements with certain California airports like San Francisco, there are other California airports where we do not currently have permission to operate.

If you conduct any operations at a prohibited airport (see Prohibited Airports section below), officials are issuing citations and Lyft is prevented from covering any costs for those prohibited airport rides.

Even if you conduct permitted operations at an authorized airport (see Permitted Operations section below), you still must follow airport regulations (e.g., trade dress). If you get cited for violating airport regulations, Lyft is not responsible for these citations. As a driver, you are responsible for the cost of any such citation from the airport. Failure to comply with airport regulations may result in a deactivation of your driver account.

Thank you for staying compliant, and respecting our agreements with airport officials.

For information about airports outside of California, please refer to this page.

Permitted Operations

Click the airport name to see rules and for giving airport rides.

City Airport Pickups Drop-offs
San Francisco SFO OK with placard OK with placard
Oakland OAK OK with placard OK with placard
Silicon Valley SJC OK OK
Salinas Municipal SNS OK OK
Napa & Sonoma County STS OK OK
Modesto MOD OK OK
Sacramento SMF OK OK
Merced MCE OK OK
Fresno FAT OK OK
Monterey Regional MRY OK OK
Watsonville Municipal WVI OK OK
Hollister Municipal HLI OK OK
Santa Barbara SBA OK OK
San Luis Obispo SBP OK OK
Los Angeles LAX OK with placard OK with placard
Santa Monica SMO OK OK
Long Beach LGB OK OK
Van Nuys VNY OK OK
John Wayne (Orange County) SNA OK OK
Burbank BUR OK OK
Ontario ONT OK OK
San Diego SAN OK OK
Montgomery-Gibbs Executive MYF OK OK
Brown Field SDM OK OK
Imperial County IPL OK OK
Palm Springs PSP Prohibited OK

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Prohibited Airports

At California airports other than those listed above, operations are currently prohibited — including pickups and drop-offs. This includes (but is not limited to) all airports in the list below.

  • Stockton Metropolitan (SCK)
  • Buchanan Field Airport (CCR)
  • Gillespie Field Airport (SEE)
  • Truckee-Tahoe Airport (TRK)
  • Bakersfield Airport (BFL)
  • Cable Airport (CCB)
  • Camarillo Airport (KCMA)
  • Carlsbad Airport (CRQ)
  • French Valley Airport (RBK)
  • Hayward Executive Airport (HWD)
  • Jacqueline Cochran Rgn Airport (TRM)
  • Lake Tahoe Airport (TVL)
  • Livermore Muni (LVK)
  • Mojave Airport (MHV)
  • Napa County Airport (APC)
  • Oceanside Airport (OCN)
  • Ramona Airport (KRNM)
  • Sacramento Executive (SAC)
  • Sacramento Mather Airport (MHR)
  • San Bernardino Int'l (SBD)
  • Santa Maria Airport (SMX)
  • Ventura County Airport (OXR)
  • Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV)
  • Visalia Muni (VIS)

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Drivers: How to Redirect a Prohibited Airport Request

If your city's airport is prohibited for pickups, the app will prevent airport pickup requests from being made. If a passenger moves their pin outside airport property, and asks you to come pick them up at the airport, kindly inform them that you are not authorized to, and they'll need to find alternate means of transportation.

Drop-offs can be trickier. If a passenger asks you to take them to a prohibited airport, here are some tips on how to make the conversation go smoothly:

  1. Offer to take them to a nearby destination.
    Redirecting Prohibited Airport Rides
  2. Apologize, and politely cancel the ride. Worried about your acceptance or cancellation rate? Let us know and we'll remove it from that day's summary.

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If You're Approached by an Airport Authority

Authorities at the airport may approach you and ask you for a waybill.

The waybill allows law enforcement officials to see information about your current or most recent ride.

To access your waybill, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Dashboard*.
  2. Tap Waybill in the left side menu.

*Access your Dashboard either through the left panel menu in the Lyft app, or by going to lyft.com/drive in a web browser.


Non-California Airports

For a list of non-California airports with specific regulations, please refer to this page.

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