Become a Lyft Driver: Lyft Vehicle Requirements

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Lyft Vehicle Requirements

There are some vehicle requirements to become a Lyft driver...

Are there vehicle requirements to become a Lyft Driver?

There are safety standards for vehicles on the Lyft platform and you need to do a vehicle inspection.

Vehicle Age
Lyft market or state Oldest vehicle year
Alabama: Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile 2008
California (all cities) 2004
Colorado (all cities) 2004
Washington, D.C. 2008
Hawaii (all cities) 2002
Illinois: Bloomington 2008
Illinois: Chicago 2004
Louisiana: New Orleans 2010
Maryland (all cities) 2008
Massachusetts (all cities) 2004
Minnesota: Duluth 2008
Minnesota: Minneapolis-St. Paul 2005
Nebraska: Omaha 2002
Nevada: Las Vegas 2008
Nevada: Reno 2002
New Jersey (all cities) 2004
New York: New York City Vehicle age requirements governed by the TLC(Taxi and Limousine Commission)
New York: (all cities except NYC) 2004
North Carolina: Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham 2002
Pennsylvania (all cities) 2004
Ohio: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo 2002
Oregon: Portland 2008
Rhode Island: Providence 2004
South Dakota: Sioux Falls 2008
Tennessee: Nashville, Jackson, & Cookeville 2004
Texas: Austin, Dallas, & Houston 2004
Vermont (all cities) 2008
Virginia: Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, Richmond, Roanoke, & Harrisonburg 2005
Virginia: Virginia Beach 2002
Washington: Seattle & Tacoma 2008

Do I need a 4 doors car to become a Lyft driver?

Yes, Lyft vehicles must have four doors.

  • All four doors must be able to open and close from the interior and the exterior

  • Passengers must be able to unlock and lock their own doors

Engine, suspension, steering, and brakes

Engine, suspension, steering, and brakes must be fully functional and safe

Seat belts

All seat belts equipped in the vehicle must be functional


All exterior lights must function.


Car must be free of body damage and dents. Taxis and stretch limousines aren't allowed on the Lyft platform.


All tires need sufficient tread.

If you need to show us your tires are in good condition, perform a penny test and take a picture of each tire. Tap 'Contact Support' below to send the photos as attachments so we can sign off.

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  • Windshield must be free of large cracks or any cracks in the driver’s field of vision

  • Windows must be functional (able to roll up and down) and free of cracks

  • Mirrors must be free of cracks

Seat adjustment controls

Front seats must be able to move forward and backward.

A/C and heat

Air conditioning and heat must be fully functional.

Are there Driver Requirements?

To check All Driver Requirements, click here

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