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What you need to drive with Lyft in New York City

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Update for NYC drivers

Because of TLC regulations, we're currently not accepting new drivers in New York City at this time. You can still apply to drive in the rest of New York State and New Jersey.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO APPLY TO DRIVE IN NEW YORK CITY

Once you’re approved, you’ll also be able to drive anywhere in New York City.

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Vehicle requirements

All vehicle requirements in New York City are governed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)

  • 2011 or older with approved TLC inspection
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver’s
  • New York or New Jersey license plate
  • 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, as long as you have a current TLC (for-hire) license.
  • TLC Driver’s License
    • Valid For-Hire Vehicle License or a Medallion FHV License are also acceptable — Learn more.
  • 18 or older
  • Any smartphone that can download and run the Lyft Driver app
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Document requirements

  • FH1 vehicle insurance issued by the New York DMV
  • TLC vehicle inspection
  • New York state vehicle registration
  • Certificate of liability insurance
  • Driver profile photo — Learn how to take the best photo.
  • See examples of these documents
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Applying to drive in a different city?

HOW DO I BECOME A LYFT DRIVER?
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Apply

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.

Get Approved To Be A Driver Product Screen

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

Review your Driver Guidebook for helpful tips 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

How much can I earn?

Can I rent a car instead of using my own?

Can I get help with my application in person?

Do I need a vehicle inspection to drive in New York City?

If I’m approved to drive in New York City am I approved to drive in other cities?

Additional questions?

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