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 Texas.
What you need to drive with Lyft in Texas
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.
2009 or newer
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 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 Lyft Driver app or Dashboard. While waiting for it to arrive, you may print a temporary emblem.
Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Texas, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
Hourly driver mode limits
Vehicles registered in Texas must pass an annual inspection in order to get or renew a Texas Registration sticker. While safety inspections are required throughout the state, emissions testing is only required in 17 Texas counties. Vehicle inspections are performed at official vehicle inspection stations all over Texas, including your Austin Lyft Driver Center.
If your vehicle is registered in a county that doesn’t require the test, but you take your vehicle for testing to a county where an emissions test is required, your vehicle will automatically have emissions testing performed.
Counties in Texas that require emissions testing include: Brazoria, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, El Paso, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Johnson, Kaufman, Montgomery, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Travis, and Williamson.
You must provide proof of insurance before an annual state safety inspection.
If something fails during your inspection you will need to have the item(s) repaired. You can retest for free at the location that performed the original inspection within 15 days. You can view Lyft vehicle services here.
Vehicle state safety inspections tests your vehicle's:
Visit the Austin Lyft Driver Center for your annual state inspection and emissions test. You can schedule an appointment here. The experienced team at the Austin Lyft Driver Center offers repairs including but not limited to:
The Austin Lyft Driver Center matches its prices for state inspection and emissions testing with the county of registration. Prices are $18.50 for most vehicles, and $25.50 if the vehicle is registered in the Dallas-Fort Worth or Houston area.
Under Texas law, texting while driving is now a misdemeanor.
This law does NOT prohibit you from using your phone as a Lyft driver.
The law includes an exception that allows Lyft or other TNC drivers to use their phones for work, so long as they are permanently or temporarily mounted on their vehicles.
Under the law, all drivers may still use their phones to navigate, to report illegal activity, or in an emergency.
Lyft drivers should ensure that their phones are mounted while driving on the platform.
Wheelchair accessible vehicles
To see city-specific resources for wheelchair accessible vehicles, click here.
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. If you're already a driver in a different state, and you're moving to Texas, send us a message with the following info: Moving from Texas to a different state? Find your new market here to see what steps you’ll need to take.