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Black Car Drivers and Fleet Manager Resources

In some cities, only black car drivers who meet elevated document requirements are able to give Lyft Lux Black rides or perform pickups at select airport zones. 

All black car drivers must meet Lyft’s standard driver requirements for their region, but it’s important to note that being a black car driver is not a requirement to drive on the Lyft platform.

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  • Fleet Managers and owners can contact blackcar@lyft.com to speak with our Black Car Driver support team.
  • Drivers should contact their Fleet Managers directly with all inquiries including earnings. 
  • Drivers can email blackcar@lyft.com regarding issues with Fleet Managers.

Black Car Driver requirements overview

Black car drivers on the Lyft platform must meet the following criteria:

Note: Taxis and stretch limousines are not allowed on the Lyft platform.

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Apply to drive

If you’re a black car driver, complete a Lyft driver application to get started.

If you’re a black car fleet manager or the sole proprietor of a black car business and are interested in partnering with Lyft, complete this form and a Lyft team member will contact you shortly through SMS securely from our 61416 phone number.

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Frequently asked questions

I already drive for Lyft, why does this matter to me?

In some cities, only black car drivers who meet elevated document requirements will be eligible to give Lux Black rides and have access to priority airport pick ups. Regulatory requirements may require Lyft to collect additional documents in some cities, blocking drivers from giving rides until those requirements are met.

How does payment work?

If you drive under a commercial fleet, there will be a separate agreement between Lyft and the Fleet Manager with details regarding pay. All earnings are handled directly by your Fleet Manager.

 I’ve submitted my documents and am still not approved to drive. What should I do?

The status of your account is likely pending approval. If all documents have been submitted and the requirements above have been met please email blackcar@lyft.com regarding the status of your documents. 

How do I submit my documents?

A Lyft team member will reach out through SMS to collect the required documents for black car rides. You should receive a text from the phone number 61416 to begin submitting documents. 

Why can’t we upload documents through the app?

Currently, drivers are not able to upload black car documents in the app. For now, all document collection is through SMS. 

Lyft will never contact you through SMS from any other number other than 61416. You can check out more info on communicating securely with Lyft here.

One of my black car documents expired and now my vehicle is blocked. What should I do?

Please email blackcar@lyft.com or respond to the SMS thread from our secure phone number 61416 to inquire about the status of your documents. A Lyft team member will contact you shortly.

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Local Black Car Driver requirements

Select a location to see requirements for black car drivers in your area: 

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Arizona requirements

Drivers must meet all standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to providing or maintaining:

  • Valid vehicle for hire permit 
  • Commercial insurance 
  • Vehicle authorization form, if the vehicle is not owned or leased by the driver

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California requirements

Drivers that operate under their own TCP permit must meet the standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to:

  • Vehicle Requirements:
    • TCP Airport Permit (required for airport pickups)
    • Commercial Insurance
    • Commercial Registration
  • Driver Requirements:
    • TCP Permit - Class A, B or P
    • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Fleet drivers interested in partnering with a Lyft fleet will need to contact blackcar@lyft.com
    • Livery fleets have additional requirements. In California, Lyft communicates directly with the Fleet Manager. 

Drivers that operate under another entity’s TCP permit (such as fleet drivers) must meet the requirements above, as well as:

  • A contract between Fleet Manager/Owner and Lyft
  • Proof of workers compensation insurance
  • Driver List
  • Vehicle List
  • Articles of Incorporation (Only if drivers share ownership of company)

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Colorado requirements

Drivers must meet all standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to providing or maintaining:

  • Commercial insurance 
  • Airport permit/AVI tag (required for DEN airport pickups)
  • Vehicle authorization form, if the vehicle is not owned or leased by the driver 

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Florida requirements

Miami:

Drivers must meet all standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to providing or maintaining:

  • Chauffeur's driver permit (Miami Dade County, City of Miami, Broward County)
  • Commercial insurance 
  • Vehicle authorization form, if the vehicle is not owned or leased by the driver

Orlando:

Drivers must meet all standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to providing or maintaining:

  • Vehicle-for-hire Driver Permit (City of Orlando)
  • Commercial insurance
  • Vehicle authorization form, if the vehicle is not owned or leased by the driver

Tampa:

Drivers must meet all standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to providing or maintaining:

  • Public vehicle driver’s license
  • Commercial insurance
  • Vehicle authorization form, if the vehicle is not owned or leased by the driver

 

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Georgia requirements

Drivers who hold a valid limousine certificate must meet all standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to providing or maintaining:

  • Limousine carrier certificate 
  • Commercial insurance meeting state requirements 
  • Airport decal (required for airport pickups)

Drivers who operate under another entity’s limousine certificate must meet the requirements above, as well as:

  • A contract between the certificate holder and Lyft
  • Driver List
  • Vehicle List

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Chicago, Illinois requirements

Drivers must meet all standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to providing or maintaining:

  • Livery chauffeur license (for drivers operating vehicles with Chicago livery plates)
  • Commercial insurance
  • Livery license plate 
  • Vehicle authorization form, if the vehicle is not owned or leased by the driver

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Massachusetts requirements

Drivers must meet all standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to providing or maintaining:

  • Commercial insurance 
  • Logan Massport sticker (required to conduct airport pickups) 
  • Vehicle authorization form, if the vehicle is not owned or leased by the driver

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Michigan requirements

Drivers must meet all standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to providing or maintaining:

  • Commercial Insurance 
  • Vehicle authorization form, if the vehicle is not owned or leased by the driver

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Nashville, Tennessee requirements

Drivers must meet all standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to providing or maintaining:

  • Commercial insurance 
  • Other Passenger Vehicles for Hire (OVPH) driver permit 
  • Vehicle authorization form, if the vehicle is not owned or leased by the driver

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Texas requirements

Austin:

Drivers must meet all standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to providing or maintaining:

  • Chauffeur permit 
  • Commercial Insurance 

Dallas:

Drivers must meet all standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to providing or maintaining:

  • Commercial Insurance 
  • City of Dallas driver permit
  • Airport permit (required for airport pickups)

Houston:

Drivers must meet all standard requirements for being a Lyft driver in addition to providing or maintaining:

  • Limo license
  • Commercial Insurance 

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Airport regulations

Airport regulations vary. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the rules at airports where you plan to give rides.

Select your state from this list to see local airport rules, regulations, and pickup/drop-off zones.

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Fleet Manager resources

Fleet managers who are interested in allowing their vehicles to give rides on Lyft’s platform should contact blackcar@lyft.com. 

See regional Black Car Driver requirements for more details.

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