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Colorado Driver Requirements

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Apply to Drive in Colorado

Applicant Requirement Checklist

Driver Requirements
  • Age 21+
  • Pass DMV check
  • Pass background check
Vehicle Requirements
  • 2004 or newer
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
  • Pass vehicle inspection
Document Requirements
  • Driver's license
  • Colorado vehicle registration
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Vehicle inspection
  • Colorado TNC medical exam certificate

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Application Step-by-Step

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  1. Start an Application
  2. Upload Your Documents
  3. Get an Inspection & Medical Exam
  4. Become Approved

1. Start an Application

Apply to drive with Lyft.

2. Upload Your Documents

Take photos of each of the documents below and upload them in the Dashboard.

Document photo tips

  • Get good light. Move near a window, turn on a light, or go outside.
  • Avoid using the flash. Your camera's flash can cause a glare.
  • Find a dark background. Place your document on a solid, dark-colored background. The contrast will help your camera focus.

Required Documents

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  1. Driver's license
  2. Colorado vehicle registration
  3. Personal vehicle insurance
  4. Driver photo
  5. Colorado TNC Medical Exam
  6. Vehicle inspection

  1. Driver's license

    Drivers are required to have a valid driver's license. A temporary license is acceptable, but be sure to upload your permanent copy when you receive it.

    To prevent delays in the approval process, make sure your license meets the following criteria:

    • Current (not expired)
    • Images and text clearly legible in the photo
    • All four corners visible in the photo
  2. Colorado vehicle registration
    CO Registration

    Drivers are required to register their vehicles with the State of Colorado. Temporary vehicle registration is acceptable, but be sure to upload your permanent copy when you receive it.

    To prevent delays in the approval process, make sure your vehicle registration meets the following criteria:

    • Issued by the State of 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
  3. Personal vehicle insurance
    Insurance

    Drivers are required to have personal vehicle insurance.

    To prevent delays in the approval process, make sure your personal vehicle insurance meets the following criteria:

    • Current (not expired)
    • Your name listed
    • Match the vehicle on file with Lyft
    • Include the vehicle year, make, and model
    • Images and text clearly legible in the photo
    • All four corners visible in the photo

    See further instructions on taking an insurance photo.

  4. Driver photo
    Driver photo

    Lyft requires a photo of all drivers. Your driver photo is a passenger’s first impression of you when they request a ride.

    To prevent delays in the approval process, make sure your driver photo meets the following criteria:

    • Take your photo in a location with good light and a solid background
    • Frame your head and top of your shoulders
    • Make it look like you — no sunglasses, hats, masks, or bluetooth headsets

    See further instructions on taking a driver photo or watch the video.

  5. Colorado TNC Medical Exam
    Medical Certificate

    If you attend an onboarding event (scroll down for more info), your medical exam will be performed there. If you visit a doctor on your own instead, or your medical exam expires, follow the steps below.

    1. Download and print the TNC Driver Medical Examination Packet.
    2. Bring the packet to a certified health professional (any MD, DO, PA or Nurse Practitioner) to have them complete it.
    3. Upload a clear image only of the last page of the packet (Medical Examiner's Certificate) in the dashboard.
    4. Keep the completed Medical Examiner's Certificate in your glovebox at all times while in driver mode.

    Already have a Medical Certificate? Upload it in the dashboard.

  6. Vehicle inspection
    inspection

    If you attend an onboarding event (scroll down for more info), your vehicle inspection will be performed there. If you visit a mechanic on your own instead, or your inspection expires, visit one of the facilities listed in Step 3.

    To prevent delays in the approval process, make sure your personal vehicle inspection meets the following criteria:

    • Current (not expired)
    • Your name listed
    • Match the vehicle on file with Lyft
    • Include the vehicle year, plate, make, and model
    • Images and text clearly legible in the photo
    • All four corners visible in the photo

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3. Get an Inspection & Medical Exam

Denver or Fort Collins applicants

Denver and Fort Collins applicants can attend one of our onboarding events (no need to RSVP) to have both their medical exam and vehicle inspection performed by a Lyft representative.

At the onboarding event, you will receive:

You'll need all three of the documents above after you've been approved, so keep them somewhere safe.

Already an active driver with a completed inspection form?

To get your inspection on record, upload a photo through the Lyft app: Settings > Car > Vehicle Inspection.

Can't make it to an onboarding event?

If you cannot attend an onboarding event, visit one of the locations below for a vehicle inspection using this form, and follow the steps to receive a medical exam.

Denver Area Inspection Locations
Goodyear
303-452-6037
10420 Melody Dr
Northglenn, CO 80234
Goodyear
303-420-1226
9075 Yukon St
Westminster, CO 80021
Jiffy Lube
720-330-0455
7331 Sheridan Blvd
Westminster, CO 80003
Goodyear
303-421-6447
9621 West 58th Ave
Arvada, CO 80002
Pep Boys
303-420-7444
7525 W 44th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Goodyear
303-573-1502
1460 Tremont Pl
Denver, CO 80202
Goodyear
303-573-1502
1460 Tremont Pl
Denver, CO 80202
Pep Boys
303-778-0440
487 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Goodyear
303-238-7608
7201 West Alameda Ave
Lakewood, CO 80226
Goodyear
303-278-7492
17226 South Golden Rd
Golden, CO 80401
Goodyear
303-973-5991
5071 South Jellison Way
Littleton, CO 80123
Pep Boys
303-932-0606
5134 S Wadsworth Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80123
Jiffy Lube
303-703-1900
2411 W. Belleview Ave
Littleton, CO 80120
Goodyear
303-770-3613
7635 East Arapahoe Rd
Centennial, CO 80112
Goodyear
303-694-4730
8273 South Quebec St
Centennial, CO 80112
Pep Boys
303-754-0010
7469 Park Meadows Dr
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Goodyear
720-348-1940
3510 Town Center Dr
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Goodyear
303-674-0400
30405 Bryant Dr
Evergreen, CO 80437

 

Colorado Springs or Fort Collins applicants

Colorado Springs applicants must visit an inspection facility and use this form. Fort Collins applicants can also use the same form and visit an nspection facility. See the table below for recommended inspection locations. Once your inspection is complete, upload a photo of your completed inspection form and photos of all other required documents listed in Step 2 in the dashboard.

Colorado Springs Area Inspection Locations
Pep Boys
719-599-4455
7625 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Goodyear
719-599-7474
3610 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Jiffy Lube
719-572-8048
3020 N. Powers Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Goodyear
719-574-7450
1303 North Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Pep Boys
719-380-0003
135 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Goodyear
719-632-8848
125 South Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Jiffy Lube
719-390-1117
6630 Camden Blvd
Fountain, CO 80817
 

Fort Collins Area Inspection Locations
Jiffy Lube
970-226-5823
3703 S Timberline Rd
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Jiffy Lube
970-282-0770
121 Kensington Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80525

 

4. Become Approved

Lyft will notify you when you've been approved as a driver. Until then, you can check your application status for updates.

You'll be approved after each of the following are complete:

  1. You have passed your vehicle inspection and medical exam.
  2. You have passed your DMV and background checks (they can take anywhere from days to weeks to complete).
  3. Lyft has processed all of your documents and photos.

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Get Set to Drive

Set Your Vehicle up Correctly

Display the following in your windshield:
windshield setup

Lyft trade dress emblem

Lyft emblem

Drivers are required by the State of Colorado 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.

Driver Document Checklist

Make sure you have all the following with you when you enter driver mode:

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Hit the Road

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.

Know Where to Drive

Denver

Denver International Airport (DEN)

Lyft is available at Denver International Airport (DEN) Airport. Drivers on the Lyft platform are responsible for knowing and following all airport regulations. As a driver, you must follow the rules listed here to avoid receiving administrative citations from DEN Airport.

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Colorado Information & Lyft Policies

Who makes the rules anyway?

In Colorado, Lyft is regulated by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Lyft Insurance

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.

Zero-Tolerance Policy

Lyft has a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy for drivers.

Passengers are encouraged to call or email Lyft's Critical Response Line at 855-865-9553 if they suspect a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 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.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

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.

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Best Practices to Avoid Citations

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:

  1. Driver's license
  2. Vehicle registration
  3. Proof of insurance
  4. Vehicle inspection form
  5. 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.

Document Renewals

Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents (license, registration, inspection, medical exam, insurance). Always update your documents via the Dashboard when they expire.

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