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Express Drive earnings and charges

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Rental car earnings and charges

Your weekly rate with our rental partners may vary by city and rental car provider. You’re also responsible for taxes and fees such as late returns, re-fueling, tolls, and tickets. For more information on your weekly rental rate, please view your rental agreement.

You’ll only be able to view those rental cost details once you begin the application process.
Your first billing week will start the day you pick the vehicle up, and you’ll get your earnings statement every Tuesday.

If the balance of your rental isn’t covered by your weekly earnings or Rental Rewards, we’ll charge the credit/debit card on your account. Make sure you have a valid card on file at all times to avoid failing a charge. Update your payment method here. Note: Pre-paid cards aren’t accepted. You must use a credit/debit card in your name.

If the charge to your card fails, you must pay or return your vehicle within 24 hours to remain eligible to drive with a rental car on the Lyft platform.

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Rental car deposit

A refundable deposit is required for new applicants and existing drivers to start the Express Drive program. Start an application to see the deposit amount in your city.

Deposits are returned:

  • If you don’t pass the DMV/background check (once the 10-day contesting window has closed)
  • If you request to end the Express Drive program before picking up a rental car
  • When you stop using Express Drive and return your car, if your account is in good standing

If necessary, your rental deposit will be used to cover any outstanding payment obligations like damages or failed charges once the vehicle is returned. After you return your rental, the remainder of your deposit — or the full amount, if it wasn’t needed to cover any additional costs — will be available in your Earnings Statement within two weeks.

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Your earnings statement and costs

After you’ve collected weekly ride earnings, the following rental costs are applied to your earnings:

  • Vehicle rental fee (weekly base fee): This is your base weekly rental rate, before Rental Rewards or other earnings.
  • Ride earnings: This amount is your take home earnings, which includes base fare and time and distance based on your Rate Card. Learn more about how your pay is calculated.
  • Lyft platform fee: This amount can be positive or negative. If it's positive, Lyft puts the amount toward growing the business. If it's negative, it means we’re covering the difference between what you earned and what your passenger paid.
  • Rental taxes: Applicable state, local, sales, and rental taxes are added weekly.
  • Misc. fees: This covers a range of other possible charges, such as deep cleaning, refueling, lost keys, etc. Tap ‘Expand’ in your earnings statement to see more details on misc. Fees.

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Prorated rental fees

Your first billing week will start the day you pick the vehicle up. If you pick up any day other than Monday, your first week will be less than seven days — so we’ll prorate the cost accordingly.

For example, let’s say you pick up your rental on a Thursday and your weekly rental rate is $210. Since you would have had the rental for four days come Monday, you’ll be charged $30 a day for 4 days ($210➗7 days = $30). So you would owe $120 total for that first week ($30 x 4 days). After that first week, the regular 7-day billing week runs Monday to Sunday.

Note: The day you return the vehicle will be factored into your final rental payment. This means if you return a vehicle on Monday (the beginning of a new week), you'll be charged the prorated amount for having the car that day.

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Express Pay eligibility

Express Drive renters aren’t eligible for Express Pay. Even if driving a personal vehicle while enrolled in Express Drive, renters won’t be eligible for Express Pay. You’re eligible to use Express Pay again the week after you return your rental vehicle.
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