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    New York City Driver Information

    Information for active NYC drivers

    This page provides information about city regulations, document requirements, and insurance coverage, needed to drive with Lyft in New York City.
    If you're a driver in any other city in New York State, visit this page instead.
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    What you need to drive with Lyft in NYC

    To drive in New York City, you must be at least 19 years of age.
    Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.
    Use your Lyft Driver app or Driver Dashboard to upload your documents. To add documents in the app, tap 'Account' in the main menu, then 'Documents.
    Vehicle requirements
    All vehicle requirements in New York City are governed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). All vehicles must meet the following criteria:
    • 2006 or newer
    • 4 doors
    • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
    • Not a taxi, livery, For-hire vehicle, stretch limousine , or non-Express Drive rental vehicle
    • Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification
    Document requirements
    See details and sample images of each required document below.
    Driver's License
    Drivers are required to have a valid driver's license. Driver's license can be from any state, as long as you have a current TLC driver license.
    This image is an example of a driver's license in New York.
    New York State or New Jersey vehicle registration
    Drivers are required to upload a copy of their New York State or New Jersey vehicle registration.
    New York State registration example
    This image is an example of driver registration for the state of New York.
    TLC inspection
    You must submit one of these two:
    • Blue Base sticker
    • TLC inspection certificate
    Inspections are valid until the marked expiration date. If no expiration date is marked, Lyft requires a new inspection one year after the inspection date.
    This image is an example of the TLC FHV Inspection .
    TLC driver license
    Drivers must have a TLC Driver License issued by the Taxi and Limousine commission (TLC). Current (not expired) For-Hire Vehicle License or a Medallion FHV License are also acceptable.
    This image is an example of a For-Hire License
    Vehicle insurance
    All drivers must have a valid vehicle insurance in their Lyft Driver app. Upon expiration, all drivers must upload their new vehicle insurance.
    Documents to update if you own your car
    • FH-1 Insurance
    • Certificate of Liability insurance
    Go to your insurance broker to renew your policy at least 1 week prior to the expiration date on your FH-1.
    Documents to update if you rent your car
    • FH-1 Insurance
    • Certificate of Liability insurance
    • Declaration page (or "Driver's list)
      • Only needed if your name is NOT on the Certificate of Liability
    Ask the vehicle or fleet owner for the updated insurance documents at least 1 week prior to the expiration date on your FH-1.
    What happens if you do not update your insurance documents by the expiration date? Your vehicle will be deactivated until you update the required documentation.
    This image shows where the expiration date is listed on your FH1 insurance.
    FH-1 Insurance
    What is this document? Standard driver insurance certificate
    Who needs it? All TLC vehicle drivers (you!)
    Who’s name is on the document? The owner of the car
    This image shows an FH1 Insurance Example with guides to where important info is located.
    Certificate of Liability Insurance
    What is this document? The proof of insurance coverage and policy limit
    Who needs it? All TLC vehicle drivers (you!)
    Who’s name is on the document? The owner of the car
    Note: If your name does not appear on the document, you must provide a Declaration Page (or Driver’s List) listing your name and matching policy number.
    This image displays a certificate of liability insurance example.
    Declaration Page - Driver’s List
    What is this document? A list of drivers covered under the insurance
    Who needs it? A renter who’s name is not on the Certificate of Liability
    Who’s name is on the document? Authorized drivers associated with the vehicle
    Note: If the policy numbers on the Certificate of Liability and Declaration Page (or Driver’s List) do not match, you must provide a Policy Cover Sheet.
    This image shows a Declaration Example Document.
    This image shows how Policy number must match the policy number listed on the Declaration page, else you must provide a Policy Cover sheet.
    How to upload your vehicle insurance documents
    When should I upload my vehicle insurance documents? Before your policy expiration date
    This image illustrates how to upload insurance documents in the app. After uploading, it may take at least an hour for documents to be reviewed.

    New York City driver regulations

    Make sure to follow these rules when giving rides in New York City, and to keep an eye on your email for important news and updates from Lyft.
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    Hourly Driver Mode limits

    In addition to Lyft's mandatory break requirement, New York City regulations prohibit drivers from:
    • Providing rides for more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period. Drivers can reset the 24-hour period by taking a break for 8 hours.
    • Providing rides for more than 60 total hours during a calendar week.
    Only time spent in actual rides counts toward these limitations.

    Best practices

    • Follow all airport rules
    • Don't accept street hails
    • Don't accept cash for rides
    • Don't wait in taxi lines
    • If you run into any issues on the road, let us know

    Know your insurance coverage

    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 New York City

    If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to New York City, send us a message with the following info:
    • Your name, phone number, and email address associated with your Lyft account
    • The city you are currently driving in
    • A photo of your New York state driver’s license
    Moving from New York City to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.

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