Lyft Driver Requirements: Become a Lyft driver (2017 Guide)

Become a Lyft driver: just like the specifics to become an Uber driver, the Lyft requirements are certain standards that have to be met in order to be able to drive for Lyft. Drivers have to be at least 21 years old and must have had a valid driver’s license for at least one year. Check out or list and guide for Lyft driver requirements and drive for Lyft!

Lyft driver requirements – Do you want to become a Lyft driver? Even if you already drive for Uber, why not give Lyft a try and put them both to the test? The Lyft driver requirements are fairly similar to the Uber requirements. The good news is that you can be signed-in to both the Uber and Lyft driver app at the same time which may increase the volume of rides you’ll get. Which of course means higher earnings.

Attention, if you become a Lyft driver: Lyft allows riders to tip directly on the app which can make a significant difference for a driver. So sign up for both and maximize your earnings.

Choose your own hours. Drive with Lyft.

How to Become a Lyft Driver

Becoming a Lyft driver is fairly easy. Just fill out a driver application, and, if you meet the Lyft driver requirements, you’ll 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. The mentor you’ll meet during your test drive is a more experienced Lyft driver with a good rating. He/she will also take some pictures and show you how to use the Lyft driver app. Should you have any questions bout driving for Lyft, this is a really great opportunity to do so.

If you meet all of the Lyft driver requirements and pass the welcome ride, you’ll be able to start driving. Ready to drive with Lyft? Let’s go!

Here is the step by step guide to become a Lyft Driver:

#1: Lyft Driver Requirements

Here is a list of 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 2004 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.

#2: Lyft Car Requirements

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

  • Must be 2004 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.

#3: Complete Lyft Welcome Ride

Once you’ve completed your driver application you will take the Welcome Ride. How does that work? It’s simple: you’ll 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 driver app and inspect your vehicle to make sure it meets all of the Lyft driver car requirements.

#4: Activation to be a Lyft driver

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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  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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!!!

  • 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 ?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?