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What you need to drive with Lyft in San Jose

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Here’s what you’ll need to apply to drive in San Jose

Once you’re approved, you’ll also be able to drive anywhere in the state of California, but some airports may have additional requirements. Learn more about driving with Lyft California.


Vehicle requirements

Don’t have a car? Rent one through Express Drive, with standard insurance included. Available in select cities.

driver requirements

Driver requirements

  • Valid California driver’s license
    • Active duty military applicants and their dependents can have an out-of-state driver's license and documents. Please visit us at your local hub to apply.
  • 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

  • California vehicle insurance
  • Driver profile photo — learn how to take the best photo
  • Proof of vehicle inspection
  • See examples of these documents

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Download the Lyft Driver app from the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play store and apply right in the app (you won’t be able to complete your application on the web).

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Get approved

After you’ve uploaded your required documents, passed the background check, and completed the mandatory safety training, you’re ready to hit the road and start earning!

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Get guaranteed earnings with vehicle compensation

You'll earn at least 120% of the minimum wage, plus 30¢ per mile, for all time and distance whenever you're booked with a passenger. Booked time and distance start from the moment you accept a rideshare request until the time you drop off your passenger.

Frequently asked questions

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