Washington D.C. Driver Information

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Apply to Drive in Washington, D.C.

Applicant Requirement Checklist

Driver Requirements
  • Age 21+
  • Pass DMV check
  • Pass background check
Vehicle Requirements
  • 2006 or newer
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
Document Requirements
  • Driver's license
  • Vehicle insurance

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Application Step-by-Step

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

    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. Personal vehicle 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.

    3. 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.

3. 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 uploaded the documents listed above.
      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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After You're Approved

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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Get Set to Drive

Set Your Vehicle up Correctly

windshield setup

Lyft trade dress emblem

Lyft emblem

Drivers in Washington, D.C. are required to display the Lyft emblem (pictured above) while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.

You'll receive your Lyft emblem at an inspection event or in the mail. 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.

If you haven't received yours yet, or have a damaged one, let us know and we'll get a new one out to you. In the meantime, print a temporary emblem (please print in color — not black and white).

Best Practices to Avoid Citations

Lyft Insurance

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


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.

Document Renewals

Drivers on the Lyft platform are required to maintain current documents. Always update your documents (driver's license, insurance, registration, etc.) via the dashboard when they expire.

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