California Driver Application Requirements

Applicant Requirement Checklist

Document Requirements
  • Vehicle inspection form
  • California driver's license
  • California vehicle insurance
  • Driver photo
  • California license plate
Vehicle Requirements
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Bakersfield
    • Eastern Sierras
    • Fresno
    • Inland Empire/San Bernardino
    • Lake Tahoe
    • Los Angeles
    • Modesto
    • Monterey
    • Napa & Sonoma
    • Orange County
    • Sacramento
    • San Diego
    • Santa Barbara
    • Santa Cruz
    • Stockton
    • Ventura
  • 2004 or newer:
    • San Francisco
    • Silicon Valley/San Jose
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's

Application Steps


Start an Application

Apply to drive with Lyft.


Upload Your Documents

Take photos of each of the documents below and upload them in the Dashboard.

  • Vehicle inspection form
    Drivers are required to have a vehicle inspection before becoming approved to drive.
    • Print the form.
    • Visit a licensed mechanic. We will let you know where to go for your vehicle inspection. Bring your printed form with you.
    • Upload the form. Upload a photo of the completed form in the Dashboard.
  • California driver's license
    Drivers are required to have a valid California driver's license. A temporary license is acceptable, but be sure to upload your permanent copy when you receive it.

    Active duty military applicants and their dependents can have an out-of-state driver's license and vehicle documents. Visit your local Lyft Hub and a Lyft representative will help set up your driver account.
  • California vehicle insurance
    Drivers are required to have personal vehicle insurance issued in California.
  • Driver photo
    Lyft requires a photo of all drivers. Your driver photo is a passenger’s first impression of you when they request a ride.
  • California license plate
    Vehicles on the Lyft platform in California must have a California license plate.

Become Approved

Lyft will notify you when you've been approved as a driver. Until then, you can check your application status for updates.

Get Set to Drive

Trade dress emblem placement
Drivers in California are required to always display two Lyft emblems when in driver mode — one on the front windshield and the other on the rear windshield. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.

The Lyft emblem should be displayed in the lower corner of your windshield on the passenger side every time you enter driver mode. Make sure to remove the emblem when you are not in driver mode.