New York State Driver Application Requirements
Applicant Requirement Checklist
- State vehicle inspection (NY, NJ, PA, VT, or CT)
- New York State driver's license
- Vehicle registration
- Personal vehicle insurance
- Driver photo
- 2003 or newer
- 4 doors
- 5-8 seats, including the driver's
Click here to view New York City driver requirements.
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Take photos of each of the documents below and upload them in the Dashboard, or stop by our office:
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State vehicle inspection (NY, NJ, PA, VT, or CT)Drivers are required to upload a photo of their New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Vermont state vehicle inspection sticker (see sample here). Drivers with Connecticut registered vehicles are required to upload their Connecticut Registration Certificate as proof of valid state vehicle inspection.
New York State driver's licenseDrivers are required to have a valid New York State driver's license. A temporary license is acceptable, but be sure to upload your permanent copy when you receive it. Make sure we can see your valid driver’s license number and the date it was issued in the photo (see sample here). A temporary license is acceptable, but be sure to upload your permanent copy when you receive it. 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 registrationDrivers 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 insuranceDrivers 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 photoLyft 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.
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
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.