Requirements for Lyft Vehicles

We have high safety standards for vehicles on the Lyft platform. All vehicles must meet the criteria below, in addition to any city or state requirements.

If you failed your Mentor Session due to one of these criteria not being met and have since made the necessary repairs, send photos of each repaired item along with receipts to continue forward in the process. Just click 'Attach files' to add pictures to your message.

Go to lyft.com/drivers to start an application, or to check your application status.

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Vehicle age

Lyft vehicles must be model age 2005 or newer, unless listed below:

Lyft market or state Oldest vehicle year
California (all cities) 2004
Colorado (all cities) 2004
Washington, D.C. 2006
Florida: Miami & Tampa 2007
Illinois: Chicago 2004
Kentucky (all cities) 2007
Louisiana: New Orleans 2009
Massachusetts (all cities) 2004
Minnesota: Minneapolis-St. Paul 2004
Nevada (all cities) 2008
New Jersey (all cities) 2004
New York: New York City Vehicle age requirements governed by the TLC
Pennsylvania (all cities) 2007
Oregon: Portland 2007
Rhode Island: Providence 2004
Tennessee: Nashville 2004
Texas: Austin & Dallas 2004
Virginia (all cities) 2006
Washington: Seattle 2007

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4 doors

  • Lyft vehicles must have four doors.
  • All four doors need to be able to open and close from the interior and the exterior.
  • Passengers need to be able to unlock and lock their own doors.

Here are some examples of cars with jump doors that are not Lyft-approved:

Car with jump doorsPickup truck with jump doors

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  • Engine, suspension, steering, and brakes must be fully functional and safe.
  • If you were asked to fix these, please visit a mechanic and have them perform the appropriate inspection or repair based on the issue with your car. (See our inspection form.) If you are unsure of the issue that the Mentor or mechanic found with your vehicle, please contact us and we will let you know.

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Seat belts

  • All seat belts equipped in the vehicle must be functional.
  • There must be at least 5 seat belts, including the driver's.

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All lights need to function:

  • Headlights (Both, high beam and low beam)
  • Turn signals (Both sides, front and rear)
  • Brake lights
  • Reverse lights (Both lights)

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Car needs to be free of body damage and dents. Taxis and stretch limousines aren't allowed on the Lyft platform.

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All tires need sufficient tread. If you need to show us your tires are in good condition, please perform a penny test and take a picture of each tire. Then, send the photos as attachments so our team can sign off.

Penny test

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  • Windshield needs to be free of large cracks or any cracks in the driver’s field of vision.
  • Windows need to be functional (roll up and down) and free of cracks.
  • Mirrors need to be free of cracks.

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Wipers need to be in good condition and functional.

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Horn must function.

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Seat adjustment controls

Front seats need to move forward and backward.

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Exhaust system needs to be within state standards, lacking modification and excessive wear.

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A/C and heat

Air conditioning and heat need to be fully functional.

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