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 South Carolina.
What you need to drive with Lyft in South Carolina
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.
2007 or newer
5-8 seats, including the driver's
Permanent license plate
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.
Within 30 days of vehicle approval, follow these steps to have your vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic licensed in South Carolina:
Bring the form to a licensed mechanic and have your vehicle inspected
Upload a photo of the completed form in your Driver app.
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.
We have a partnership with Pep Boys, Jiffy Lube, and NTB. There will be no Lyft representatives present at these locations. To find a location near you, visit their store locator pages below:
Emblem and placard requirements
License plate number placard
Drivers in South Carolina are required to display their vehicle’s license plate number in a legible font on the front of their vehicles.
You can use this form to create a temporary printable copy of your license plate number to display in your vehicle. Please use this template to write in your vehicle’s license plate number. Print this template and display it on the front of your vehicle while you are picking up passengers.
A permanent placard will be sent to your shipping address with the current license plate on file and will arrive 1-2 weeks after being approved.
To change your address in the app: In your Lyft app, tap ‘Account’ in the main menu. Tap ‘Personal info,’ then tap ‘Shipping address.’
To update your license plate: Tap ‘Vehicle and Device’ in the main menu, then tap ‘Your Vehicles.’ You can see your vehicle(s) and update your license plate if necessary.
Once you've updated your license plate and/or shipping address, or if you need a placard for an additional vehicle, reach out to our Support team.
Drivers are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. Check the image below for where to place your Lyft emblem. Be sure to display it correctly to avoid citations and fines.
The Lyft emblem and placard 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 and placard when you are not in driver mode.
South Carolina driver regulations
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in South Carolina, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
Hourly driver mode limits
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
Do not stop, park, load, or unload passengers in a travel lane or in an officially designated bus or taxi stop.
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Moving to or from South Carolina
If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to South Carolina, send us a message with the following info: If you plan to drive in North Carolina, you’ll need to upload your vehicle registration. See our North Carolina article to read more about rules and regulations you'll need to follow while driving there. Moving from South Carolina to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you'll need to take.