Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area Driver Application Requirements

Applicant Requirement Checklist

Document Requirements
  • Safety Standards Certificate (SSC)
  • Driver's license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Personal vehicle insurance
  • Driver photo
  • Proof of work eligibility
Vehicle Requirements
  • 2012 or newer
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
  • Ontario license plate
  • Snow or all-weather tires from Dec. 1 to April 30

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.

  • Safety Standards Certificate (SSC)
    Drivers are required to upload a Safety Standards Certificate (SSC). It must match the vehicle on file and be no more than 36 days old. Keep a copy of your SSC in the vehicle while driving on the Lyft platform.
  • Driver's license
    Drivers are required to have a valid Class G or higher Ontario driver's license for at least one year. 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.
  • Proof of work eligibility
    You must upload one of the following documents as proof of work eligibility:
    • Passport
    • Residency card
    • Birth certificate
    • Citizenship card
    • Work permit

Complete Your Background Check

Lyft's third party background check provider, Sterling Talent Solutions, will send you an email upon successfully uploading your documents to Lyft. Follow the instructions in the email to complete your background check. Please note, you may have to go to Canada Post to verify your identity.


PTC Driver's License

Lyft drivers in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area are required to obtain a Private Transportation Company (PTC) driver’s license. Lyft will apply for the license on behalf of each driver. Drivers who meet the City of Toronto’s requirements will be issued a PTC driver’s license and be approved to drive on Lyft’s platform.


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 front and rear windshield on the passenger side every time you enter driver mode. If you drive in the City of Toronto, be sure to display your Lyft emblem on your passenger side rear window, as required by local regulations. Make sure to remove the emblem when you are not in driver mode.

HST account number: Lyft drivers in Canada are required to register for, and remit, harmonized sales tax (HST). To learn more about HST requirements, click here.