Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Oregon, and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.
If you're applying to become a driver in Oregon (Portland only at this time), check out the application steps.
- Setting up your vehicle
- Tips and best practices
- Portland information
- Document renewals
- Moving to or from Oregon as an existing Lyft driver
Drivers are required by the City of Portland to always display two Lyft emblems while in driver mode — one on the rear windshield on the passenger side and one on the front windshield.
- 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.
Who makes the rules anyway?
In Portland, Lyft is regulated by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).
Drivers must carry a paper copy of the TNC insurance at all times. A copy of the insurance can be found on the back of the vehicle inspection form, or printed out here.
TNC drivers are not required to purchase or maintain an insurance policy that provides TNC coverage. Insurance maintained by the TNC does not include collision coverage for affiliated TNC drivers unless the policy secured and maintained by the TNC expressly states otherwise. Drivers' personal insurance may be subject to cancelation or might not provide coverage because a driver uses a vehicle in connection with a TNC. Insurance coverage is provided by the TNC on a primary basis from the first dollar of every claim unless a policy secured by the TNC expressly states otherwise.
Insurance limits in Portland can be viewed here.
Lyft's Certificate of TNC Insurance, including information on coverage limits, is available online. Lyft drivers will not receive any material benefit or incentive of any kind from Lyft for securing personal TNC insurance coverage. Effective January 2nd, 2016, one year of driving experience in the United States is sufficient to meet the minimum requirement for Lyft applicant driving experience.
Crime & Accident Reporting
Pursuant to City of Portland regulations, drivers on the Lyft platform must report accidents and crimes to Lyft and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) within 24 hours at 503-823-5185.
Driver Mode Limits
Portland regulations state that you cannot spend more than 12 hours in driver mode within any 24-hour period.
Be sure to sign out of driver mode when you’re done driving for the day.
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 Oregon, send us a message with the following info:
- The date you're moving
- Your new shipping address
- A clear photo of your vehicle registration*
*If you were already required to upload your vehicle registration when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again.
If you're moving to Portland, you must visit the Lyft Hub for a vehicle inspection prior to being approved. The Hub is located at 2712 N. Mississippi Ave, Portland OR 97227 and operates during the following hours:
Monday — Friday
10 am - 4:30 pm
Make sure to bring the vehicle you plan to use to drive with Lyft, along with your license, insurance, registration, and business license (if you have one).
In order to be approved in Portland, you must apply for a business license. You can do this on your own or at the Hub when you come in for an inspection.
The good news: it's free, and takes about 5 minutes.
Moving from Oregon to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.