Both Lyft's service animal policy and the law requires drivers to accommodate riders with service animals. You can read on for the answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ), or watch a 3-minute video tutorial for more info.
When it comes to transporting riders with service animals, drivers on the Lyft platform should remember one thing: Always Say Yes. You’re required by the law and Lyft’s policy to always accommodate service animals, even if you have an allergy, religious or cultural objections, or a fear of them.
We know service animals can raise some questions for Lyft drivers, but they’re essential for many people. Lyft drivers like you are in a unique position to help riders with service animals get around effortlessly in their community — thanks for taking this seriously, and being there when people need your rides the most.
For advice on picking up rides, check out our 5-star driving tips in the Learning Center. To visit our Learning Center in the Lyft Driver app, open the main menu and tap 'Support and Safety,' then tap ‘Learning Center.'
Service animals are working animals, not pets. Service animals undergo extensive training to assist individuals with disabilities. They help blind people travel, alert deaf people to sounds, protect persons who are having a seizure, and perform many other tasks to help individuals with disabilities.
Service animals are not required to wear a tag or vest or be registered. Riders with service animals do not need to display any kind of proof that their animal is a service animal. In other words, if a rider with a dog says it is a service animal, the driver should transport the rider.
We created Lyft for people who love flexibility and freedom, and that’s still the case. But even independent contractors have to follow the law. For example, it’s Lyft policy and the law that you and your riders wear a seatbelt while driving with Lyft. Similarly, it’s Lyft policy and the law that you accommodate service animals.
How to identify a service animal as a true service animal
The good news is that cases of service-animal fraud are rare in our community and will put passengers at risk of deactivation.
But if you want, you may ask two questions of riders who report their animals are service animals:
Is the animal required because of a disability?
What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?
Some passengers use service animals for reasons that aren’t obvious, like epilepsy or heart conditions. Not all service animals wear tags, and they come in all shapes and sizes. For these reasons, it’s best that you accommodate animals when they’re reported to you by riders as being service animals.
If you have a question about the policy, or would like to report a rider who you suspect is abusing the policy, you should contact Lyft Support and the Service Animal Hotlineafter you’ve completed the ride.
It’s Lyft’s policy that drivers are permitted to ride with their service animals. However, this may limit the number of passengers you can carry, and some passengers may be uncomfortable or allergic around your service animal and will ask you to cancel their request. It’s advised that you call the passenger in advance to notify them of the service animal. If they’re unable to ride with your service animal, you must cancel the ride so they can request another driver. Pro-tip: If the request came from nearby, sign out of driver mode for a minute so that you don't receive the passenger's next request.
To report a Service Animal Policy violation, call 1-844-554-1297 or select 'Contact Us' at the bottom of this page.