Washington, D.C. Driver Application Requirements

Applicant Requirement Checklist

Document Requirements
  • Driver's license*
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Driver photo
  • Vehicle registration
  • Virginia, Maryland, or DC Inspection
  • DFHV non-MSA decal (Active Military members only)
Vehicle Requirements
  • 2009 or newer
  • 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.

  • 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 without a Washington D.C., Maryland, or Virginia driver's license will not be dispatched for pickups in DC proper.
  • 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.
  • Vehicle registration
    Drivers are required to have vehicle registration.
  • Virginia, Maryland, or DC Inspection
    Drivers are required to upload a State Vehicle Inspection Certificate from Virginia, Maryland, or DC.
  • DFHV non-MSA decal (Active Military members only)

    Active Military members and their families stationed in MD, VA or D.C. can drive with Lyft by obtaining a DFHV non-MSA decal. Apply for your free DFHV non-MSA decal here.

    Received your DFHV decal, or already have one?

    Great! Visit us at the Hub to get on the road. Bring the following documents with you:

    • DFHV non-MSA decal
    • Driver’s license
    • Vehicle registration
    • State vehicle inspection issued from DC, VA or MD

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 the rear passenger side window. Make sure to remove the emblem when you are not in driver mode.