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.
- Apply to drive
- Setting up your vehicle
- Insurance information
- Tips and best practices
- Document renewals
- Moving to or from Washington, D.C. as an existing Lyft driver
Apply to Drive
If you're applying to become a driver in Washington, D.C., check out the application steps.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
- Review Lyft's insurance policy here.
- View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance.
- 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.
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.
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 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.