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Driver's license, plates & insurance

Current and valid driver's license


Valid plates with current registration (commercial plates are acceptable as well)


Current valid insurance with your name on the policy


Some cities and states require drivers to have in-state documents. See the full list.


Current smart phone


You must have a smart phone in order to drive on the Lyft platform.

Since the app requires a cellular connection, we do not support tablets or wifi-only devices, such as iPads.


Current app requirements are for an iPhone 4 or newer running iOS 7.0+, and Android devices running 4.0+.

Age requirements

Background check

DMV check

*You must be at least 21 years old

* with an active U.S. driver’s license for at least 1 year to apply to be a Lyft driver.

*You can create a passenger account at 18.

*You must be licensed to drive for at least a year prior to applying. There are some cases where you may see an error message on your application regarding your driving history — if your license was recently reissued, or your state does not provide the issue date.

Driving record & background check

Every potential driver is required to undergo both a driving record check and a criminal background check. Lyft reviews the results of the checks and disqualifies individuals who fail to meet the standards set by both Lyft and local regulations.

Every driver is screened for criminal offenses and driving incidents. Lyft’s criminal background check is provided by a third party and includes national and county-level databases, and when necessary, local courthouse record checks. You will be ineligible to drive on the Lyft platform if, among other things, the background check results reveal convictions for any of the following in the past seven years:


A violent crime


A felony


A drug-related offense


A sexual offense


Certain theft or property damage offenses

Lyft uses a third party to check every potential driver’s driving record. You are ineligible to drive on the Lyft platform if any of the below are found on your driving record:


More than three moving violations in the past three years (e.g. accidents, traffic light violations)


A major moving violation in the past three years (e.g., driving on a suspended license, reckless driving)


A DUI or other drug-related driving violation in the last seven years


Any driving-related convictions in the last seven years (e.g. hit-and-run, felonies involving a vehicle)


Basic Requirements

Wipers need to be in good condition and functional.


Horn must function.


Seat adjustment controls


Front seats need to move forward and backward.




Exhaust system needs to be within state standards, lacking modification

and excessive wear.


A/C and heat


Air conditioning and heat need to be fully functional

Vehicle Age


Seat Belts

Lyft vehicles must be from 2004 or later


4 doors


Lyft vehicles must have four doors.


All four doors need to be able to open and close from the interior and the exterior.


Passengers need to be able to unlock and lock their own doors.


All tires need sufficient tread. If you need to show us your tires are in good

condition, please perform a penny test and take a picture of each tire.

Engine, suspension, steering, and brakes must be fully functional and safe.


If you were asked to fix these, please visit a mechanic and have them

perform the appropriate inspection or repair based on the issue with your car.


Windshield needs to be free of large cracks or any cracks in the driver’s

field of vision.


Windows need to be functional (roll up and down) and free of cracks.

All seat belts equipped in the vehicle must be functional.


There must be at least 5 seat belts, including the driver's.


All lights need to function:


Headlights (Both, high beam and low beam)


Turn signals (Both sides, front and rear)


Brake lights


Reverse lights (Both lights)