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.
Best of all: Lyft allows riders to tip directly on the app. So sign up for both and maximize your earnings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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