Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Maryland, 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 Maryland as an existing Lyft driver
Apply to Drive
If you're applying to become a driver in Maryland, 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.
We are applying for a TNO (Transportation Network Operator) license on your behalf. You'll receive an application form to sign electronically — look for an email from our partner, HelloSign, with a link to this document.
You are required to have your vehicle inspected. Your vehicle inspection must be from one of the following states, and must be an official state inspection (no emissions inspections):
- Virginia (see discounted inspection locations)
- Washington, D.C.
- Pennsylvania (only for Baltimore drivers, and only PennDOT inspection)
Already have a completed inspection form? Submit it through the Dashboard.
Discount inspection locations in Maryland:
4411 E Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21205
Inspections by appt: 410-342-4300
M-F 9-5: $60
Sat 9-3: $80
Caton Auto Clinic
6013 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, MD 21228
Inspections by appt: 410-788-3838
M - F, 8 - 5: $79, $74 if vehicle is left for the day (reg. $84)
Once you've had your official state inspection, please upload your inspection form in the dashboard (a photo of the form, not an inspection sticker).
If you give rides in Virginia
The state of Virginia requires you to complete a safety inspection.
If you haven't already, upload your registration and inspection certificate (with your VIN and inspection date clearly visible) in the Dashboard. If you're a driver in Washington D.C., you also have the option of uploading your inspection certificate and registration through 'Settings' in the Lyft app.
Here's an example of what the inspection certificate looks like:
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.
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.
If you are a Maryland Driver, you agree that if Lyft permanently deactivates you from the Lyft Platform, you will return or destroy all Lyft trade dress in your possession. You also agree to notify Lyft within three business days if you are convicted or arrested for a violent crime, felony, sexual offense, drug-related offense, or any other offense that may reasonably bear on your fitness as a driver.
If your insurance, vehicle registration, or driver's license status changes in any way, we need updated records to ensure full compliance with Maryland law. Always update your documents via the driver dashboard immediately after receiving them.
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Maryland, send us a message with the following info:
- The date you're moving
- Your new shipping address
- A clear photo of your vehicle registration*
- A clear photo of your Washington D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania or Maryland vehicle inspection**
*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 were already required to upload a Washington D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania or Maryland inspection when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again. See more details here.
You will also be required to sign the Maryland TNO application if you have not already. See more details here.
Please note: vehicles in Maryland must be from 2007 or newer.
Moving from Maryland to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.