- Apply to Drive
- Get Set to Drive
- Hit the Road
- Age 21+
- Pass DMV check
- Pass background check
- 2005 or newer
- 4 doors
- 5-8 seats, including the driver's
- Driver's license
- Vehicle insurance
Apply to drive with Lyft.
2. Meet a Lyft Mentor
You'll select the time and place to have your Mentor Session in your application. Make sure to bring the following with you:
- Your vehicle
- Driver's license
- Vehicle insurance
Your Mentor will inspect your vehicle, take you on a quick test drive, and upload your documents to our system.
Lyft will notify you when you've been approved as a driver. Until then, you can check your application status for updates.
You'll be approved after each of the following are complete:
- You have completed your Mentor Session.
- You have passed your DMV and background checks (they can take anywhere from days to weeks to complete).
- Lyft has processed all of your documents and photos.
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.
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: $69 (reg. $89)
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.
Drivers are required by the State of Maryland to display the Lyft emblem (pictured above) while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.
You'll receive your Lyft emblem at an inspection event or in the mail. The Lyft emblem should be displayed in the lower corner of your windshield on the passenger side every time you enter driver mode. Make sure to remove the emblem when you are not in driver mode.
- 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 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.
- Review Lyft's insurance policy here.
- View your insurance in the app: Settings > Car > Lyft insurance.
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.