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Become a Lyft driver in San Diego, CA

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Driving with Lyft is the perfect way to earn on any schedule. Whether it’s part-time, full-time, seasonal, or temporary, we’ll be here to welcome you.

Why drive with Lyft?

When you drive with Lyft, you get to:

Be your own boss: Make your own schedule and choose when and where you drive.
Get benefits: Starting Jan. 1 2021, you can qualify for a healthcare subsidy when you average at least 15 hours of booked time per week.*
Get guaranteed earnings: Earn at least 120% of the minimum wage, including 30 cents per mile based on your booked time.
Build community: Meet awesome, friendly people in your city and beyond.

*Starting Jan. 1, 2021, drivers with an average of at least 15 hours per week of booked time in a calendar quarter can begin qualifying for a quarterly healthcare subsidy. Driver must submit proof of current enrollment in a qualifying health plan in the Lyft Driver app within 15 days after the end of the calendar quarter to receive the healthcare subsidy.

What’s Lyft?

Lyft is a rideshare service that connects drivers with individuals and organizations that need rides. Lyft matches drivers with passengers who request rides through our smartphone app, and passengers pay automatically through the app.

How much does a Lyft driver typically make?

Earnings are determined by five factors:

  • Base rate: You get paid a guaranteed fare for picking up passengers.
  • Distance rate: You get paid per mile, based on the city where your ride starts.
  • Time rate: You get paid per minute, based on the city where your ride starts.
  • Tips: Passengers tip you directly through the app – and you keep 100% of your tips. Always.
  • Bonuses: Opportunities to earn extra cash become available at the busiest times and places.

    Lyft’s rates may vary by city, region, and time.

*For illustrative purposes only; results may vary. Drivers using Lyft earn by the job, not by the hour. The hourly earnings communicated above are no guarantee of future performance and not indicative of any specific driver's earnings, and calculated before taxes, insurance, depreciation, and other costs associated with being a rideshare driver. This calculation includes all online platform time for drivers, including any potential time spent engaged with other app-based services.

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Vehicle requirements

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

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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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How much time does it take to become a driver?

It takes a few days before you can start driving with Lyft. A few things need to happen first:

1) You share your information with us: Filling out basic information (like your mobile phone number, driver’s license, and other documents) typically takes less than 30 minutes.

2) We inspect your vehicle: If you’re using your own car, it will need to pass a Lyft inspection to make sure it’s road-ready. We’ll help you find a location and schedule an appointment.

3) We run a background check: Safety is our top priority, so we’ll need to run a background check to review your driving history. This can take a few days to be completed.

How does Lyft help keep drivers safe?

In-app safety features

Get access to 24/7 support, roadside assistance, emergency services, and real-time maps you can share with family and friends.

Insurance protection

When you drive with Lyft, you automatically get additional insurance coverage. We work with leading insurance carriers to provide a variety of protection at no cost to you.

Prioritizing well-being

As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, we’re working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to inform new policies and products that help safeguard drivers and riders.


Ready to go?

Apply to drive with Lyft today.