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What you need to drive with Lyft in Seattle/Tacoma

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Once you’re approved, you’ll also be able to drive anywhere in greater Seattle/Tacoma area.

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Vehicle requirements

  • 2009 or newer
    • 2009 or newer with a valid TNC vehicle decal
    • See if your car qualifies for Black to earn more on each ride
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver’s
  • Not on the list of ineligible subcompact vehicles
  • Not a taxi or stretch limousine
  • Or rent a car through Express Drive with standard insurance included
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Driver requirements

  • Valid Washington driver’s license
    • Active duty military applicants and their dependents can have an out-of-state driver's license
  • 1 year of licensed driving experience in the U.S. 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: system requirement of iOS 11 or Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher
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Document requirements

  • Personal vehicle insurance that includes driver’s name, policy number, expiration date, and vehicle info.
  • Driver profile photo — Learn how to take the best photo
  • Proof of ASE certified mechanic vehicle inspection performed by a City of Seattle Approved mechanic. See free inspection locations here.
  • Proof of Washington vehicle registration
    • Active duty military applicants and their dependents can have out-of-state documents.
  • TNC Driver Fitness Self-Certification. Washington drivers must self-certify they are physically and mentally fit to drive. You can self-certify in the app by going to the 'Documents' tab in the main menu.
  • Learn more about driving in Seattle/Tacoma
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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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