Washington D.C. Driver Information

Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Washington, D.C., and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.

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Apply to Drive

If you're applying to become a driver in Washington, D.C., check out the application steps.

Get Set to Drive

Set Your Vehicle up Correctly

windshield setup

Lyft Trade Dress Emblem

Lyft emblem

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 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.

Upload Your Vehicle Registration

We need to have a photo of your vehicle registration on file, so make sure you upload it in the dashboard.

Upload a Virginia, Maryland, or D.C. State Vehicle Inspection

Your vehicle inspection can be from Virignia, Maryland, or D.C.

Discounted Virginia Inspection Locations

If you live in D.C. or Maryland, you can visit one of these locations to obtain a Virginia inspection for $14.

Pentagon Liberty
2300 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

Community Car Care
6497 Little River Turnpike
Alexandria, VA 22312

Here is an example of what the inspection certificate looks like:

VA Inspection Form

Sign the Maryland TNO Document

Lyft rides originating in DC may cross over into Maryland. The State of Maryland requires every rideshare driver to get a Transportation Network Operator (TNO) license and vehicle permit. We’ll get them for you — just read and sign this document.

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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 Your Insurance Coverage

  • Review Lyft's insurance policy here.
  • View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance.

Tips and Best Practices


The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) requires a zero-tolerance policy for refusal of service based on the pickup or drop-off location of the passenger. Passengers may register a complaint or concern with the DFHV using this form.

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Updating Your Driver Profile

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.

Moving to or From Washington, D.C. as an Existing Lyft Driver

If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Washington, D.C., send us a message with the following info:

  • The date you're moving
  • Your new shipping address (must be in Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland)
  • A clear photo of your Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland insurance*
  • A clear photo of your Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland vehicle registration* — please note: Lyft vehicles in Washington D.C. must be from 2007 or newer.
  • A clear photo of your Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland vehicle inspection*

*If you were already required to upload these documents when you became a driver, and they were issued in Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland, you do not need to resubmit them.

When you move to Washington D.C., you will be required to sign the Maryland TNO consent form.

Moving from Washington, D.C. to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.

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