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    Información para los conductores de California

    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 California.
    Si deseas postularte para manejar en California, envía una solicitud en línea o en la app de Lyft Driver, que puedes descargar desde la App Store (iOS) o desde la Google Play Store. Para ser aprobados como conductores, los solicitantes deben cumplir con estos requisitos.
    Los conductores en California podrían ser elegibles para recibir un subsidio de atención médica. Conoce más detalles sobre el subsidio de atención médica aquí.
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    What you need to drive with Lyft in California

    To be approved to drive, applicants must meet the below requirements, as well as maintain valid and current documents to prove eligibility. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.
    You can upload your documents in your Dashboard.

    Vehicle requirements

    Todos los vehículos deben cumplir con los siguientes criterios:
    • 4 puertas
    • 5 a 8 asientos, incluido el del conductor
    • Not on the list of ineligible subcompact vehicles
    • No debe ser un taxi ni una limusina extendida
    • Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification
    • Placa de California
      • Drivers may upload a temporary license plate while waiting for a permanent plate number. Once you add a vehicle to your profile, you have 60 days to upload a permanent plate number.
      • Active duty military applicants and their dependents can have an out-of-state license plate. Visit your local Lyft Hub and a Lyft representative will help set up your driver account.
    • Vehicle age
    Have a Luxury car? See if your car qualifies for Lyft Lux or Lyft Lux Black to earn more on each ride.
    In select cities, you can rent a car through Express Drive with standard insurance included. Learn more about Express Drive.

    Driver requirements

    • Valid California driver’s license
      • California temporary licenses are acceptable
      • Active duty military applicants and their dependents can have an out-of-state driver's license and vehicle documents. Visit your local Lyft Hub and a Lyft representative will help set up your driver account.
    • Debes tener 25 años o más
    • Pass a driver screening, which reviews your driving history and criminal background check. Learn more about driver screenings.
    • Have a smartphone that can download and run the Lyft Driver app. Learn more about phone software recommendations.

    Requisitos de documentación

    California vehicle inspection

    Drivers are required to have a vehicle inspection completed by a licensed mechanic before being approved to drive. Once completed, upload your inspection form to your Dashboard.
    You can easily find an inspection location and schedule an appointment in your driver app. Don't forget to bring a copy of this form to your appointment.
    Ahora puedes recibir una inspección gratis para tu vehículo en cualquier Estación Lyft y Centro para conductores de California. También puedes completar la inspección en un sitio de terceros. Normalmente, las inspecciones cuestan entre $20 y $30, según la ubicación.
    Lyft does not cover the cost of inspections done by third-party sites. The only exceptions are the following Pep Boys locations in South California:
    No es necesario pedir una cita durante el horario laboral en estas ubicaciones, pero es posible que la espera sea de 30 minutos.
    Inspections must be completed every 12 months or 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first. The 50,000-mile requirement includes miles driven when not logged onto Lyft's Platform. If you log over 50,000 miles before your annual renewal date, you must get a new inspection.

    Business license

    If you drove with Lyft for more than 30 days in the last fiscal year, the city or county where you live may require you to obtain a business license.
    Keep your business license in your vehicle in case the authorities ask to see it.
    If the city or county where you live doesn't require a business license, you don’t need to get a business license anywhere else to drive with Lyft but there may be additional requirements. Refer to your local city or county's website for these requirements.
    Selecciona tu ciudad para obtener más información:
    Fresno residents can obtain a Business Tax Certificate by applying online here.
    Grover Beach
    Grover Beach residents can obtain a Business Tax Certificate by visiting the Community Development Department. Application instructions can be found here.
    Los Angeles
    Los Angeles County residents may need to register their business with the Office of Finance of the City of Los Angeles and obtain and hold a Tax Registration Certificate. View rules for registration.
    If you’re unsure whether the business tax rule applies to you, contact the City of Los Angeles Office of Finance.
    Condado de Orange
    Orange County residents can find information about local business license requirements by selecting their city on Orange County's permit page.
    Sacramento County
    Unincorporated Sacramento County residents can obtain a general business license on Sacramento County's official page.
    San Diego
    Residents of incorporated cities within San Diego County are required to obtain a business license (Business Tax Certificate).
    No se requieren licencias de actividad comercial para los residentes de ciudades no incorporadas dentro del condado de San Diego. Para solicitar un certificado de impuestos comerciales, sigue estas instrucciones del condado de San Diego.
    San Francisco
    Se exige una licencia de actividad comercial (“Business Registration Certificate”) a los conductores de Lyft que vivan en San Francisco y que hayan manejado más de 30 días durante el último año fiscal.
    Visit this page to register as a business in San Francisco. Select ‘Continue’ to start your application.
    You’ll be asked to provide the following information:
    1. Your business: Most drivers choose Sole Proprietorship as their Organization Type and use their legal name as their Business Name. You’ll also need to add your Business Tax ID and Start Date of Business in San Francisco.
    2. Ownership information: You’ll be asked to fill out your personal information
    3. Contact information: Your contact information may be the same as your ownership information from step 2. All tax information will be sent to the person and address you enter here.
    4. Location information:
    5. Registration:
      • Estimated SF Payroll Expense: The approximate amount of San Francisco payroll costs you expect during the current calendar year
      • Estimated SF Gross Receipts: Doesn’t need to be an exact amount. If you drive in multiple counties, do your best to estimate San Francisco fares based on how often you’re in the city. See more information about gross receipts.
    Cuando hayas ingresado esta información, recibirás un e-mail para completar el proceso de solicitud de la licencia de actividad comercial.
    Important notes:
    • Once you register for a Business Registration Certificate, the City adds the business name, address, and certain other details to the SF OpenData website. This means that other than your SSN, any data you share, including your address, will be public. This information may also be shared with San Francisco City and County tax-collecting entities.
    • Una vez que te registres, es posible que la ciudad te indique que debes cargos adicionales y tardíos por manejar en años previos. No pagues el cargo de registro hasta que recibas un e-mail específico de la Oficina del Tesorero y Recaudador de Impuestos que elimine las penalizaciones y los intereses del saldo de tu cuenta.
    Keep in mind the information above isn’t business or tax advice. For specific questions about applying for a business license or associated fees, see San Francisco's New Business Registration Instructions or contact the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector.
    Santa Barbara
    Los residentes de Santa Bárbara pueden obtener un certificado de impuestos comerciales solicitándolo en línea aquí.
    San Jose
    Para recibir un certificado de impuestos comerciales, los residentes de San José deberán enviar un formulario de solicitud por correo o entregarlo en persona.

    Emblem & placard requirements

    The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.
    La Comisión de Servicios Públicos de California (CPUC, por sus siglas en inglés) exige que los conductores de California exhiban siempre dos emblemas de Lyft cuando están en el modo de conductor: uno en el parabrisas delantero y otro en el parabrisas trasero.
    If you’ve just been approved to drive, you should receive your Lyft emblem within 1-2 weeks. 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.
    The Lyft emblem should be displayed in the lower corner of your windshields on the passenger side every time you enter driver mode. Make sure to remove the emblem when you are not in driver mode.

    Airport placards

    Si haces viajes en los aeropuertos OAK, LAX y SFO, tendrás que mostrar un tarjetón adicional del aeropuerto en el parabrisas.

    California driver regulations

    Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in California, and look for important updates from Lyft in your email.

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    Know your insurance

    Effective July 1, 2015, California enacted State Bill AB 2293. Under this law, Transportation Network Companies, including Lyft, are required to provide primary third-party liability insurance and maintain $200,000 of excess liability coverage during Period 1.
    La cobertura de responsabilidad para automóviles ante terceros de Lyft será tu cobertura principal durante el período 1. Lyft también mantendrá una cobertura de responsabilidad extendida de $200 000 durante el período 1.

    Period 1

    Period 1 begins when you log in to driver mode and ends when you accept a ride request.
    Once you accept a ride, Period 2 begins. Once you pick up a passenger, Period 3 starts. Period 3 ends as soon as you end the ride. Then, you’re back in Period 1 until you accept another ride request or log out of driver mode.
    Under AB 2293, your personal automobile insurance policy, including any optional coverages you’ve purchased such as comprehensive and collision, won’t cover your rideshare driving in California unless you’ve also purchased rideshare coverage.
    Some insurers offer insurance products designed specifically for rideshare drivers. These policies can cover both your personal and rideshare driving, and offer additional coverages.
    Siempre procuramos mantener informados a los conductores sobre los productos de seguros disponibles para los conductores de rideshare. Te invitamos a comunicarte con tu agente de seguros para que obtengas el seguro más adecuado para tus necesidades.

    Asistencia en persona (Estaciones Lyft)

    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 California

    If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to California, send us a message with the following info:
    • La fecha de tu mudanza
    • Your new shipping address
    • Fotos nítidas de lo siguiente:
      • Licencia de conducir de California
      • La placa de California para tu vehículo
      • Seguro personal de vehículo emitido en California con tu nombre en la póliza.
      • Una inspección del vehículo hecha en un establecimiento autorizado en California
    Si ya enviaste los documentos de California indicados anteriormente para que consten en los registros de Lyft, no necesitas volver a enviarlos.
    Los solicitantes que pertenezcan al ejército y sus dependientes pueden tener una licencia de conducir y documentos del vehículo de otro estado. Visita tu Estación Lyft local y un representante de Lyft te ayudará a configurar tu cuenta de conductor.
    Moving from California to a different state? Select your new location here to see what steps you’ll need to take.

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