Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Pennsylvania, and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.
If you're applying to become a driver in Pennsylvania, check out the application steps.
- Setting up your vehicle
- Tips and best practices
- Lyft policies
- Document renewals
- Moving to or from Pennsylvania as an existing Lyft driver
If you drive in Philadelphia, local laws require you to always display two Lyft emblems while in driver mode — one on your front windshield and one on your rear windshield. Check out the image above for instructions on where to place your emblems. Failure to display your Lyft emblems may result in citations or fine, so make sure to display them every time you drive with Lyft.
Pro tip: You will still need to display a rear emblem even if you have a tinted rear windshield.
If you drive in other Pennsylvania cities, state law requires you to always display one Lyft emblem on your front windshield while in driver mode.
If you've just been approved to drive, you should receive your emblem(s) shortly. 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.
- 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 stop, park, load, or unload passengers in a travel lane or in an officially designated bus or taxi stop.
- If you run into any issues on the road, let us know.
Zero Tolerance Policy
We have a strict zero tolerance policy for drivers — more info here.
In addition to reporting a concern or problem directly to Lyft here, passengers may also register a complaint or concern with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission at (800) 692-7380 or with the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) at (215) 683-9417.
We have a strict anti-discrimination policy. Drivers are encouraged to read more here.
Any time you’re in driver mode, you’re covered by Lyft’s primary liability insurance.
- You can access our Certificate of Liability Insurance here.
- View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance.
From when you flip on driver mode until you accept a ride, Lyft’s primary insurance covers up to $35,000. That’s up to $30,000 bodily injury per accident (up to $15,000 bodily injury per person), and up to $5,000 property damage per accident.
From when you accept a ride until you drop off a passenger, Lyft’s primary insurance covers up to $1 million. That’s at a combined single limit, including bodily injury, property damage, and uninsured/underinsured coverage.
Keep your personal insurance company in-the-know, too. The state of Pennsylvania requires you to inform it that you’re driving with Lyft, either in written or electronic form.
Drivers giving rides in Delaware must abide by the hands-free cell phone laws - which say that you must use a hands-free device when you are talking on a cell phone. You are also banned from using a PDA, laptops, or any other electronic device while operating your car.
Defensive Driving Course
Although not a requirement to drive in Delaware, the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles offers a Defensive Driving Program. A list of companies that offer approved defensive driving courses in Delaware can be found here.
In addition to reporting a concern or problem directly to Lyft here, passengers in Pennsylvania may also register a complaint through the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's Bureau of Consumer Services at 1-800-692-7380 or http://www.puc.pa.gov/contact_us.aspx.
In addition to reporting a concern or problem directly to Lyft here, passengers in Philadelphia may also register a complaint through the Philadelphia Parking Authority at 215-683-9494, or TLDEnforcement@Philapark.org.
Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents (license, insurance, registration). Always update your documents via the Dashboard. When your state vehicle inspection expires, follow the steps and sample images below to submit the perfect photo. We accept registration stickers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware.
Pennsylvania registered drivers
Snap a photo of your most recent PA PennDOT vehicle inspection sticker on your front windshield. Good news: If your car is registered in Pennsylvania, it already undergoes this inspection every year and your mechanic puts a vehicle inspection sticker on your front windshield.
How to Take the Perfect PA Vehicle Inspection Sticker Photo
- Hop out of your car and face the front windshield on the driver side.
- Look for the vehicle inspection sticker called “Annual Windshield Sticker.”
- Snap a photo of the “Annual Windshield Sticker”. See sample images below.
- Upload your vehicle inspection sticker photo to the Dashboard. See sample images below.
New Jersey registered drivers
Snap a photo of your most recent NJ vehicle inspection sticker on your front windshield:
Delaware registered drivers
Snap a photo of your rear Delaware license plate with a valid expiration date sticker:
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Pennsylvania, send us a message with the following info:
- The date you're moving
- Your new shipping address
- A clear photo of your vehicle registration*
- A clear photo of your Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware vehicle inspection sticker
*If you were already required to upload your vehicle registration when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again.
Please note, your vehicle must be from 2007 or newer, with fewer than 350,000 miles, in order to qualify for Lyft in Pennsylvania.
Moving from Pennsylvania to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.