Illinois Driver Application Requirements

Applicant Requirement Checklist

View Chicago applicant requirements.

Document Requirements
  • Vehicle inspection form
  • Driver's license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Personal vehicle insurance
  • Driver photo
Vehicle Requirements
  • 2009 or newer:
    • Bloomington
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Decatur
    • Kankakee
  • 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.

    Heads up: Chicago has specific inspection requirements, including a different inspection form. Review the Chicago applicant requirement page for more details. Existing Chicago drivers can print the Chicago inspection form and bring it to any licensed mechanic for a re-inspection.

    For all other Illinois cities, follow the steps below:

    • Print the form.
    • Visit a licensed mechanic. Bring the form to a licensed mechanic and have your vehicle inspected.
    • Upload the form. Upload a photo of the completed form in the Dashboard.
  • 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.

    Drivers in Bloomington and Peoria must have an Illinois-issued driver's license.
  • 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.