Adding a New Vehicle and Car Switching

In select cities, you can add new vehicles and switch between approved vehicles directly from the Vehicle & Docs section of your Dashboard or in the app.

Need a vehicle inspection? Check out your region's requirements.

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Car Switching:

You can switch between vehicles that have already been approved in the Driver Dashboard or in the app by tapping Settings and Vehicles.

Simply choose which approved vehicle you'd like to use! 

How to Add a Vehicle:

You can add a car online in the Driver Dashboard or in the Lyft app itself.

In the Dashboard: Login to your Driver Dashboard and select the "Vehicles and Docs" page. Then tap the "add vehicle" button.

In the App: Open the Lyft app and tap Settings, then Vehicle. From there, you’ll select Add vehicle. 

  1. Upload the required documents.
  2. Wait for approval (typically less than 24 hours).

The new vehicle must be approved by Lyft before you are able to use it on the Lyft platform.

What documents do I need to switch my car?

1. Vehicle Inspection

Please print this form and bring it with you to a mechanic to complete. Other forms are okay, as long as they contain the necessary info below. The inspection form must be signed by your mechanic, have all 19 points on the form checked, and contain your vehicle's VIN. If you don't have a relationship with a local mechanic that completes vehicle inspections, facilities like PepBoys and JiffyLube usually provide affordable options. 

Note: In some regions, we will accept a picture of your State Inspection sticker in place of the 19-point mechanic inspection. These states include Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Utah. These cities include Austin, TX and San Antonio, TX. Portland drivers can visit our local office. 

Inspections are valid for one year from completion date. 

2. Up-to-date insurance including:

  • Vehicle information (year, make & model)
  • Your name as an insured driver
  • Policy expiration date

3. New vehicle photo:

We'll update your driver profile so passengers can see your car. Please refer to the sample photo below and do your best to copy the neutral lighting and angle at which it is taken. Try lining yourself up with the driver's side headlight. 

Lyft requires a visual record of your actual vehicle. We cannot approve google, stock, or commercial images. 


Region-Specific Requirements

In some markets, local regulations require additional steps (such as vehicle registration)  or higher-level inspections to get your new vehicle on the road. See our city and state-specific requirements page for details. If your city is not listed, you only need to complete the steps above.

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