New York State Driver Application Requirements

Applicant Requirement Checklist

View New York City applicant requirements.

Document Requirements
  • New York State driver's license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Personal vehicle insurance
  • Driver photo
Vehicle Requirements
  • 2004 or newer
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
  • No taxis, livery vehicles, limos, black cars, or other for-hire vehicles

Application Steps


Start an Application

Apply to drive with Lyft.


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

For additional information, you can text our Operations Support Team at 718-715-4203.

  • New York State driver's license
    Drivers are required to have a valid New York State driver's license. Make sure we can see your valid driver’s license number and the date it was issued in the photo (see sample here). If your license was issued less than 1 year ago, please include another document in your photo to show additional driving record — for example, you can include an expired driver’s license.
  • Vehicle registration
    Drivers are required to upload a copy of their vehicle registration. Your vehicle registration should be current (not expired) and should match the vehicle on file with Lyft (see sample here).
  • Personal vehicle insurance
    Drivers are required to have personal vehicle insurance. Your personal vehicle insurance card must include your name and the make, model, and VIN of your vehicle (not expired) and should match the vehicle on file with Lyft (see sample here). Note: If your name is not on this document, please include a declaration page from your insurance company that includes your name in the photo.
  • Driver photo
    Lyft requires a photo of all drivers. Have a friend take a picture of you with a solid background. Make sure the camera is horizontal and that your head and shoulders are included. Smile and remove your hat! 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.