Are you wondering how to become a Lyft rideshare driver?
The job doesn’t come with traditional benefits but it comes with great perks that you don’t get from a 9 to 5 job, such as a flexible schedule and a laidback working environment.
Even better, driving for pay is a great way to make a decent living or earn some non-trivial part time income!
Unlike a traditional job, rideshare drivers are not hired. You will apply to be a driver and the Lyft verification team will then check your background and qualifications.
When the verification is complete and there are no outstanding issues to be resolved, Lyft will assign you a driver ID number and you will be ready for your first passenger!
The step by step guide below will walk you through the process of how to become a rideshare driver for Lyft:
Lyft Driver Requirements
- At least 21 years old
- Own an iPhone or Android phone
- Have an in-state driver’s license registered at least a year ago
- A relatively clean driving history which will be verified through the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles)
- Your social security number will be used for a national, state, county background check
- Your name must be listed on the insurance policy for the vehicle you plan to drive
- In a handful of states and/or cities you may be required to have a business license or additional registration, see Lyft’s specific driver requirements for the location you plan to drive
Lyft will conduct a thorough background check, which includes reviewing your driving and criminal history (suspended licenses, reckless driving charges, DUIs, and criminal offenses).
Lyft won’t accept your application if:
- You have 3 or more moving violations in the past 3 years
- You have any major moving violations in the past 3 years
- You’ve been charged with DUI or have a drug-related violation in a vehicle you were driving in the past 7 years
- You have a driving-related criminal conviction in the past 7 years
Background checks can be a lengthy process and if there are any potential issues your application could be held up, possibly for several weeks.
Lyft may not accept applications from individuals who have ever (no time limit) had criminal convictions including but not limited to:
- Violent crimes
- Any felony
- Drug-related offenses
- Sexual assault or other sex-related crimes
- Theft-related offenses
General Requirements for Vehicles
Lyft requires newer model year cars but the required model year will vary from state to state.
Generally speaking, your car should be a 2000 to 2004 model or newer, again the required year varies by state.
To find specific requirements for your location, go directly to Lyft’s State and City Driver Info page.
The vehicle must have a valid registration, car insurance, and at least 5 working seatbelts. If the vehicle’s registration is not in your name (perhaps it is in your spouse’s name), the Lyft verification team will have to approve the vehicle for your use.
The car must have 4 doors with handles accessible from the exterior of the vehicle and an available seating capacity of at least 4 passengers (driver excluded).
The suspension, brakes, steering, engine, and safety features must be working properly and they will be verified by a physical inspection.
Tires must have adequate life remaining and they will be checked for tread depth at the mandatory vehicle inspection.
Because requirements aren’t the same everywhere, go directly to Lyft’s site to find the latest vehicle specs for your specific location:
So, we’ve covered the first two aspects of how to become a rideshare driver for Lyft:
- Meet the requirements to be a driver
- Have access to an appropriate vehicle with you as an insured driver of that vehicle
Now let’s look at the actual application process with Lyft:
Applying as a Driver Partner for Lyft
Assuming that you and your vehicle have met all of Lyft’s eligibility requirements, you’ll proceed with the submission of your application.
At this point, you will be asked to provide the required documents.
These documents include a copy of your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.
Have these documents prepared in advance to speed up the application process. All documents should be valid and up to date.
Step 1: Application and Setting-Up a Lyft Account
To begin, go online and visit https://www.lyft.com/drive-with-lyft.
Provide your basic personal information and you’ll receive a verification code to confirm your phone number.
Once your personal and vehicle information is entered, you’ll receive an email and a text message from Lyft.
Step 2: Vehicle Inspection
As part of the application process, your vehicle will go through a physical inspection.
If you are aware that the vehicle has mechanical or safety issues, you will want to have them fixed before the inspection.
Any issues discovered during the inspection will have to be fixed before the vehicle can be put into rideshare use.
Step 3: Application Approval
The final step is to wait until Lyft has approved your application.
The complete application process will take several days to a few weeks, assuming there are no processing delays.
Once your application has been approved, you’ll get an email from a Lyft mentor.
A Lyft mentor is an experienced Lyft driver who will verify your eligibility for the position.
You’ll set up a meeting with your Lyft mentor and go out for a drive.
At this point, you can ask all the questions you have about the job.
Your mentor will take a photo of you along with photos of your car and license. All photos will be sent to Lyft.
Once approved, you can then accept ride requests using the Lyft app.
If you’ve been thinking about how to become a rideshare driver for Lyft, hopefully this guide has answered most of your questions.
Rideshare driving can be a great way to earn money and it certainly offers some perks that aren’t found in a typical job.
We wish you all the success possible in your new career as a full-time or part-time Lyft rideshare driver.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a rideshare driver, or if you would like to maximize your earnings once you become a rideshare driver, we invite you to explore all of the resources available on this site.