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Adding a New Vehicle and Car Switching

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

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

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Car Switching:

Switch between approved vehicles 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 app.

In the Dashboard: Login to your Driver Dashboard and tap the 'Vehicles and Docs' tab. Then tap 'Add vehicle' button.

In the App: Open the Lyft app and tap Settings, then Vehicle. From there, tap 'Add vehicle.'

  1. Upload required documents
  2. Wait for approval (typically with 24 hours)

Your new vehicle must be approved by Lyft before you can drive with it.


What documents do I need to switch my car?

1. Vehicle Inspection

Print this form and bring it with you to a mechanic to complete. Other forms are OK if 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 local mechanic that completes vehicle inspections, facilities like PepBoys and JiffyLube may provide affordable options. 

Note: In some regions, we'll 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, Texas, and San Antonio, Texas. 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

Region-Specific Requirements

In some cities or states, local regulations require additional steps (such as vehicle registration) or higher-level inspections for your new vehicle. See our city and state-specific requirements page for details. If your city isn't listed, just complete the steps above.

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