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What you need to drive with Lyft in Chicago

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Once you’re approved, you’ll also be able to drive anywhere in Illinois.

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Vehicle requirements

  • 2009 or newer
    • See if your car qualifies for Black to earn more on each ride
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver’s
  • Valid license plate — Out-of-state plates are also acceptable
  • Not on the list of ineligible subcompact vehicles
  • Or rent a car through Express Drive with standard insurance included
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Driver requirements

  • Valid driver’s license — Temporary or out-of-state licenses are also acceptable
  • 1 year of driving experience and be 25 or older
  • Pass driver screening: reviews your driving history and criminal background check
  • Any smartphone that can download and run the Lyft Driver app
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Document requirements

  • Proof of vehicle insurance
  • Proof of vehicle registration
  • Proof of vehicle inspection
  • Driver profile photo — Learn how to take the best photo.
  • Learn more about driving with Lyft in Chicago
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Applying to drive in a different city?


You can fill out the application here, or in the Lyft Driver app — download it from the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play store.

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Get approved

After you’ve uploaded your required documents and passed the background checks, you’re ready to start earning on the road!

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Drive and earn

Head to the learning center for helpful tutorials to get started, and make sure the Lyft emblem and other required documents are in your car. Open the Lyft Driver app, go online to start getting ride requests and making money on your own schedule.

Frequently asked questions

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