Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Colorado, and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.
If you're applying to become a driver in Colorado, check out the application steps.
- Setting up your vehicle
- Tips and best practices
- Colorado policies and insurance information
- Document renewals
- Moving to or from Colorado as an existing Lyft driver
Display the following in your windshield:
Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. Refer to the image above for where to place your Lyft emblem.
If you've just been approved to drive, you should receive your emblem within a week. If you never received it, or need a new one, send us a message with your shipping address. In the meantime, you can print out a temporary emblem — make sure to print in color.
Make sure you also have your completed inspection form and medical certificate with you each time you enter driver mode.
Upload your vehicle registration
Drivers in Colorado are required to upload a copy of their Colorado vehicle registration. Temporary vehicle registration is acceptable, but be sure to upload your permanent copy when you receive it.
To prevent delays, make sure your vehicle registration meets the following criteria:
- Issued in Colorado
- Current (not expired)
- Match the vehicle on file with Lyft
- Images and text clearly legible in the photo
- All four corners visible in the photo
You are an approved driver, your ride is decked out with all the right things in all the right places, and you’re no stranger to the ins and outs of driving with Lyft.
- Set your vehicle up correctly every time you drive.
- Follow all airport rules.
- Do not accept street hails.
- Do not accept cash for rides.
- Do not wait in taxi lines.
- If you run into any issues on the road, let us know.
Who makes the rules anyway?
In Colorado, Lyft is regulated by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.
It’s important to understand Lyft’s insurance policy in the event of an incident. Be sure to review our policy and learn how to view your insurance in the app.
Your personal automobile insurance policy might not provide coverage while you are logged on to the Lyft network and are available to receive ride requests or are engaged in a Lyft ride.
If you've purchased any optional coverages in addition to your personal insurance policy, such as comprehensive and collision, they may not apply to damage incurred while giving rides on the Lyft platform or while logged into driver mode.
If the vehicle you use to provide Lyft rides has a lien against it, you're required to notify the lienholder that you are using the vehicle to give Lyft rides. Using a vehicle with a lien against it to give Lyft rides may violate your contract with the lienholder.
Lyft has a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy for drivers.
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. In the course of a zero-tolerance investigation, Lyft will contact the passenger for further details relating to a suspected zero-tolerance policy violation. Prior passengers of a driver under investigation will be contacted if necessary. If an investigation results in definitive evidence or even a strong suspicion of a zero-tolerance policy violation, the driver will be permanently deactivated.
Lyft also actively monitors passenger feedback for indicators of a zero-tolerance policy violation. When feedback has been flagged, the Lyft Trust & Safety team will review the comments and if the comments indicate that a violation of the zero-tolerance policy may have occurred, the driver will be suspended while the Trust & Safety team conducts an investigation.
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.
You are required to immediately report to Lyft any refusal to transport a passenger after you have been matched for a ride if your refusal was based on discrimination due to the passenger's departure point, destination, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Prepare for Random Vehicle Inspections
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will be randomly auditing drivers for compliance. If you receive a ride request from a PUC Investigator, they will let you know once you arrive at their pickup location. Once you arrive, the examiner will cancel the ride and perform the audit. You should exit driver mode during the process.
The investigator will check to make sure you have the following documents:
- Driver's license
- Vehicle registration
- Proof of insurance
- Vehicle inspection form
- Medical certificate (scroll up for more information)
The investigator will also briefly check the condition of your vehicle (brakes, tire tread, windshield etc.).
Driver Mode Limits
Colorado regulations require that drivers:
- Take a consecutive 8-hour break after 12 consecutive hours in driver mode.
- Spend no more than 16 hours per day in driver mode.
- Spend no more than 70 hours in driver mode in a 7-day period.
What happens if I'm found to be non-compliant?
If you're found to be non-compliant by the PUC, you'll receive a phone call from a member of our team to let you know. Being found non-compliant can result in temporary deactivation from the Lyft platform until you come into compliance.
When your vehicle inspection expires, follow these steps:
- Print this form.
- Bring your vehicle to one of the locations in the map below.
- Upload your completed inspection in the Dashboard.
- Keep the completed inspection form in your glovebox at all times while in driver mode.
When your medical exam expires, follow these steps:
- Download and print the TNC Driver Medical Examination Packet.
- Bring the packet to a certified health professional (any MD, DO, PA or Nurse Practitioner) to have them complete it. Check the map below for a convenient location. Please call ahead and schedule an appointment with the clinic you're planning to visit; fees may apply
- Upload a clear image only of the last page of the packet (Medical Examiner's Certificate) in the Dashboard.
- Keep the completed Medical Examiner's Certificate in your glovebox at all times while in driver mode.
Medical Clinic Locations
Other Document Renewals
Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents (license, registration, insurance). Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Colorado, send us a message with the following info:
- The date you're moving
- Your new shipping address
- Clear photo of your Colorado vehicle registration*
Per Colorado regulations, you'll be required to obtain a Colorado vehicle inspection at a licensed facility and a Colorado TNC medical exam.
*If you already have a Colorado vehicle registration on file with Lyft, you do not need to send it in again.
Moving from Colorado to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.