New York City Driver Application Requirements

Applicant Requirement Checklist

View New York State applicant requirements.

Document Requirements
  • Driver's license
  • Vehicle registration
  • FH1 insurance
  • TLC inspection
  • For-hire license
  • Certificate of Liability insurance
Vehicle Requirements
  • All vehicle requirements in New York City are governed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)

Application Steps

1

Start an Application

Apply to drive with Lyft.

2

Upload Your Documents Online or Come to Our Office

Take photos of each of the documents below and upload them in the Dashboard, or stop by our office:

31-00 47th Ave., 4th floor
Long Island City, NY 11101

Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM


You can see sample images of each required document on our Help Center, or for additional information, you can call our automated information number at 855-NYC-LYFT.

  • Driver's license
    Drivers are required to have a valid driver's license. It can be from any state, as long as you have a current TLC (for-hire) license.
  • Vehicle registration
    Drivers are required to upload a copy of their New York state vehicle registration.
  • FH1 insurance
    Drivers are required to have standard vehicle insurance issued by the New York DMV.
  • TLC inspection
    Drivers must submit one of the following:
    • TLC inspection card
    • Base sticker
    • TLC inspection certificate
  • For-hire license
    Drivers must have a for-hire license Issued by the Taxi and Limousine commission (TLC). You may submit either a For-Hire License or a Medallion FHV License.
  • Certificate of Liability insurance
    All drivers in New York City must have a Certificate of Liability Insurance (COL).
    If your name does not appear on the document, you must provide a second document listing your name and matching policy number.
    If the policy numbers between the COL and driver list document do not match, you must provide a Policy Cover Sheet.
3

Become Approved

In New York City, DMV and criminal background checks are conducted by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) according to their licensing standards, instead of through Lyft. You'll be an approved driver after Lyft has all of your documents.

Get Set to Drive

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If you have questions or concerns, stop by our office:

31-00 47th Ave., 4th floor
Long Island City, NY 11101


Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM