This page provides information about vehicle, driver, and document requirements, state regulations, insurance coverage, and city-specific requirements, needed to drive with Lyft in the state of Minnesota.
If you're a driver or are applying to drive in Minneapolis/St. Paul, visit this page instead.
What you need to drive with Lyft in Minnesota
Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.
2007 or newer: Rochester, Duluth, Minneapolis/St. Paul (Vehicles from 2007-2012 must have less than 150K mileage.)
2006 or newer: All other cities
5-8 seats, including the driver's
Not a taxi, stretch limousine, or non-Express Drive rental vehicle
Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification
In select cities, you can rent a car through Express Drive with standard insurance included. Rental vehicles must be rented through the Express Drive program to be approved for use on the Lyft platform. *Drivers are required to have a valid driver's license. If you only have a temporary license, take a side-by-side photo of your old driver's license next to the temporary license. See example.
Drivers in Duluth are required to upload a photo of their vehicle registration.
Drivers in Duluth are required to have their vehicle inspected by an ASE certified mechanic. An inspection location will be assigned in your driver application.
Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.
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.
If you’ve just been approved to drive, you should receive your Lyft emblem shortly. If you didn't get one or need a new one, order one in your Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.
Minnesota driver regulations
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Minnesota, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
Hourly driver mode limits
Your automobile insurance policy might not provide any coverage while you're logged in as a driver and are available to receive ride requests, or while engaged in a Lyft ride, depending on its terms. Using a vehicle with a lien against the vehicle to provide transportation network services may violate your contract with the lien holder.
Always have your driver’s license and insurance document
Don't accept street hails
Don't accept cash for rides
Don't wait in taxi lines
Review Lyft's coverage here.
In-person support (Lyft Hubs)
We're opening Lyft Hubs across the country to offer in-person support for drivers. Your local Hub is a one-stop shop for answers on everything from setting up direct deposit to discovering where you’ll get the most ride requests.
Moving to or from Minnesota
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Minnesota, send us a message with the following info. If you're moving to Minneapolis or St. Paul, follow the steps here instead.
The date you're moving
Your new shipping address
A clear photo of your driver's license. If you only have a temporary license, take a side-by-side photo of your old driver's license next to the temporary license. See example.
A clear photo of your vehicle inspection (Duluth and Mankato only)*
A clear photo of your vehicle registration (Duluth only)**
* If you are moving to Duluth or Mankato, you must obtain a vehicle inspection.
In Duluth, have your vehicle inspection by an ASE certified mechanic using this form, and your vehicle must be from 2009 or newer. In Mankato, you may visit any mechanic and have your vehicle inspected using this form.
** If you were already required to upload your vehicle registration when you became a driver, you do not need to send it in again.
Moving from Minnesota to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.