Illinois | Chicago Driver Application Requirements

Applicant Requirement Checklist

View Illinois applicant requirements.

Document Requirements
  • Vehicle inspection form
  • Driver's license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Personal vehicle insurance
  • Driver photo
Vehicle Requirements
  • 2004 or newer
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's

Application Steps


Start an Application

Apply to drive with Lyft.


Come to a Welcome Session

Visit the following location for a Welcome Session with a Lyft representative, where you'll receive a vehicle inspection and upload the documents listed below.

Chicago Lyft Hub
3976 N. Avondale Ave, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60641
8 AM - 8 PM, Monday - Friday
9 AM - 5 PM, Saturday
12 PM - 5 PM, Sunday

You may also set up an appointment through your Lyft app with a partner mechanic. No Lyft representatives will be present.


Upload Your Documents

At your Welcome Session, a Lyft representative will help you 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. Your vehicle will be inspected at your Welcome Session. Make sure to keep the completed inspection form in your glovebox.

    Heads up: Existing Chicago drivers can print the Chicago inspection form and bring it to any licensed mechanic for a re-inspection.
  • Driver's license
    Drivers are required to have a valid driver's license. A temporary license is acceptable, but be sure to upload your permanent copy when you receive it.
  • Vehicle registration
    Drivers are required to upload a copy of their vehicle registration.
  • Personal vehicle insurance
    Drivers are required to have personal vehicle insurance.
  • 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.

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 are required to display the Lyft emblem while in driver mode. 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.
You will also receive an airport decal and city tax emblem to display in your vehicle.