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All City and State Requirements Overview

We proudly serve markets all across the United States. In certain areas, local governments have extra requirements you must meet (in addition to our basic standards) in order to be a Lyft driver.


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City and State Pages

Click here and look for the page that corresponds to your city or state for specific application instructions and driver requirements.

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Becoming a Driver

In order to become a driver, you must meet all of our basic criteria. If your city or state is in this list, click on the link to see important region-specific information. If you drive in one of these markets, make sure to check your email regularly for important compliance updates.

In most regions, applicants meet with a Lyft Mentor to get their car inspected and take a practice ride. If your city is in the list, you may need to visit an approved inspection facility or meet with a mechanic instead.

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Displaying the Lyft Emblem

Once you've been approved to drive, print out a temporary emblem for your windshield (please print it in color, not black and white). A Welcome Kit with the official emblem will come shortly after you're approved. If you didn't receive an emblem or need a new one, let us know so we can send one ASAP.

Lyft emblem

While giving Lyft rides, you are strongly encouraged to display the emblem in the lower-right corner of your windshield. Not wearing the Lyft emblem puts you at risk of a citation.

Make sure to remove the emblem when you're not in driver mode, especially at the airport. Airports may give you a ticket for wearing the emblem while giving a non-Lyft ride.

Note: In the following cities and states, local regulations require drivers to display the emblem when driving on the Lyft platform:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Arizona
  • Austin Airport (glowstache or emblem)
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Washington, DC
  • Broward County, Florida
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Ohio
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Seattle/King County, Washington

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Giving Airport Rides

Learn about giving airport rides and our current airport operations across the country:

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Moving to a New City

If you're moving to one of the cities or states listed here, click its link to see if you need to get a special license, permit, or inspection.

If you're moving between states, you may need to obtain a new license, registration and/or insurance certificate and send them in. Make sure to check out in-state document requirements and exceptions.

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Getting a New Car

If you get a new car and drive in one of the regions listed here, click its link to see if you need to get a vehicle permit, send us the registration, or get a certified inspection.

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