Become a Lyft Driver

Lyft Driver Requirements: Become a Lyft driver

Do you want to become a Lyft driver? I highly recommend even if you drive for Uber that you give Lyft a try too. The Lyft driver requirements are very similar to Uber’s requirements. You can be signed-in to both the Uber and Lyft driver apps at the same time which may increase how much you make.

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How to Become a Lyft Driver

Becoming a Lyft driver is not difficult. You will fill out a driver application and take a Welcome Ride. During this ride, a Lyft mentor will inspect your car and give you a practice drive, just to make sure you are friendly and drive safely. He/she will also take some pictures and show you how to use the Lyft app. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about driving for Lyft.

If you meet all of the Lyft driver requirements and pass the welcome ride, you will be able to start driving.

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Lyft Driver Requirements

Here are the requirements to become a Lyft driver. You must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Have at least 1 year of driving history
  • Drive a 2003 or newer 4-door car*
  • Have an in-state drivers license
  • Have in-state registration
  • Have in-state auto insurance in your name
  • Have a smart phone

*Lyft car year requirements may vary by city to comply with local laws.

You must also pass a background check and have a clean driving history.

In the past 7 years you must have:

  • No DUI or drug-related offenses.
  • No driving without insurance or license.
  • No fatal accidents or history of reckless driving.
  • No criminal history.

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Lyft Car Requirements

To drive for Lyft, your vehicle must meet the Lyft car requirements. They are:

  • Must be 2003 or newer.
  • Current in-state license plates.
  • Tires have sufficient tread.
  • Windows and windshield must work and be free of large cracks.
  • Wipers must be in good condition.
  • All lights must work.
  • Horn must work.
  • 5 working seatbelts.
  • Seat adjusters must work.
  • All doors and locks must work.
  • Working A/C and heat.

Lyft Welcome Ride

Once you’ve completed your driver application you will take the Welcome Ride. You meet up with a Lyft mentor who will verify that you meet all the Lyft requirements. He/she will take a picture of your drivers license, registration, and car insurance, and then give you a practice ride to see if you can be friendly and drive while obeying all traffic laws at the same time.

The mentor will also show you how to use the Lyft app and inspect your vehicle to make sure it meets all of the Lyft driver car requirements.

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Activation

If you meet the Lyft requirements, pass the welcome ride, and pass the background check (may take a few days), then you will be approved to start driving. Lyft guides you through the entire process so check your e-mail regularly.

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below.

Happy driving!

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  • GenoBandino

    I have a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Quadcab 4 door truck in good condition, but it has a 6 speed manual transmission (which many passengers find fascinating since most people have never driven a manual transmission). Would the fact that it is a truck or, that it is a 6 speed manual transmission, disqualify the vehicle?

  • mahonhouse

    Real genius it takes to make a page but have no one answer anyone or ever look at the page again. More rich bozos trying to make a dime off your back.

  • mahonhouse

    Useless. Why u want to have a person do every single thing and then do the BG check is moronic.
    I have been turned down boxof an arrest. An arrest that DID NOT LEAD TO A COMVICTION.
    And stil turned down.
    Also u send me to download the driver app but when u get to the link there is only the rider app.
    USELESS!!!!!!!!

  • Eddie Manson

    Is there a way that lyft can help a person obtain a car??? If the person does not have one at the moment.

  • Leonard madrid

    I drive for uber and have been with them for over one year what can Lyft do for me that uber can’t ?

  • Isaac D. Brown III

    I am having problems with getting my access code accepted to receive the status of my driver application. I keep getting a new code as I am entering the last code sent. This has gone on almost if not ten (10) times using my primary mobile Smartphone. I am trying now, unsuccessfully, on this iPad to completel the procedure. HELP!!!

  • Ron Keffer

    I have a “hit and run” December 2010. October 2010 was the date of the H&R and December 2010 was the conviction date. No tickets or violations since. I am insured with Farmers and they insure lyft and uber drivers. Can I qualify to drive for Lyft.

  • Ayan

    Here are the requirements to become a Lyft driver. You must:

    Be 21 years of age or older
    Have at least 1 year of driving history
    Drive a 2003 or newer 4-door car*
    Have an in-state drivers license
    Have in-state registration
    Have in-state auto insurance in your name
    Have a smart phone

    Is SSN not required?

  • Carlos Lopez

    Can a Lyft driver use a vehicle that is in another persons name and meets all the requirements and is a named insured driver for that vehicle?