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What Are The Requirements to Be a Lyft Driver?

Harry Campbell The Rideshare Guy
November 4, 2022

Want to become a Lyft driver? We are here to help with a list of all the Lyft driver requirements you will need to get on the road. From Lyft driver age requirements to insurance requirements, we have the information you need in order to meet the requirements when you apply for your new rideshare gig!

Buckle has partnered with Harry Campbell, founder of TheRideshareGuy.com, to provide our Members with the very best tips, tricks, and news to help maximize their income as a rideshare and delivery driver.

So you want to become a Lyft driver, but you’re stuck on the Lyft driver requirements. What type of car do you need, what kind of insurance coverage do you need and, importantly, what can you expect to make as a Lyft driver?

If you’re interested in becoming a Lyft driver but aren’t quite sure of the Lyft driver requirements, we’ll break it all down for you!

What Are Lyft Driver Requirements?

It’s pretty straightforward to become a Lyft driver. Here are the basic Lyft driver requirements you’ll need to fulfill:

  • Valid driver's license
  • Background check
  • Insurance and other documents (registration, and some cities will require a vehicle inspection)
  • Your car, or a rental vehicle

You’ll also need to have one year of licensed driving experience and be 25 years or older. Depending on what city you’re in, you may have more stringent vehicle requirements, but in general, your car can’t be more than 10 years old.  

You will also need to have insurance for your vehicle in order to drive, like the type offered by Buckle’s rideshare insurance.

Requirements to be a Lyft driver  

Though the Lyft driver requirements may seem simple, there are a few things that people will typically have additional questions about.

For instance, what does the background check actually look for, and what would disqualify you? Per Lyft, some of the things that would disqualify you would be having been convicted of a violent crime, a sexual offense, an act of terror, driving under the influence, a fraud-related offense in the past 7 years, a drug-related offense in the past 7 years, or theft or property damage in the past 7 years.  

One of the most important requirements is insurance. However, Lyft only requires that you have it, not how much you have. Some insurance companies won’t cover you if they find out that you are rideshare driving, which is why services like Buckle are so important.  

In fact, Buckle has a partnership with Lyft that offers both personal and rideshare driving coverage. App on or off, Lyft drivers who have Buckle can be covered. Plus, with Buckle’s coverage, they don’t check your credit score! They’re only concerned with how well you drive.  

Looking for insurance for Lyft through Buckle? Check out our Lyft insurance options for rideshare drivers.

If there’s only one thing you take away from this article, it’s to make sure you have enough insurance to protect yourself and your passengers. Yes, Lyft does offer drivers some protection with their own insurance, but in my experience, it’s nowhere near enough to help out a stressed driver who’s just been in an accident or not. Would you rather get into a serious accident and then find out you’re not covered? I didn’t think so!

Lyft Driver Requirements vs Lyft Vehicle Requirements

When people ask about Lyft requirements, there are two different types of requirements they are asking about.  

First, is the Lyft driver requirements (including Lyft driver age requirements), these are the requirements for the individual person trying to drive for Lyft. These include:

  • Having a valid driver's license
  • One year of driving experience and being 25 years or older
  • Pass a driver screening
  • Having a smartphone for the Lyft app

Second, you have the Lyft vehicle requirements, which are focused on what your vehicle needs in order to be approved. These Lyft vehicle requirements include:

  • Age of vehicle (typically 10 years or newer)
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats
  • Not a taxi or stretch limo

Both of these requirements are different depending on where you live, so make sure you double-check the city in which you’re signing up to get the most up-to-date information.  

Potential Income as a Lyft Driver

Being a Lyft driver can be a great way to make extra money! Most drivers can earn anywhere from $15-30 an hour in my experience, although that obviously depends on where you drive and when you drive. If you live in a busy tourist area, chances are you can make more than someone who lives in a small town without a lot of tourist traffic.

That said, I recommend anyone who’s interested in driving for Lyft to give it a shot! You can always stop whenever you want and it’s a great way to make some extra money in a short amount of time.

Harry Campbell is a former Boeing Aerospace Engineer and founder of TheRideshareGuy.com, a blog, podcast and Youtube channel for ridehail drivers and other gig workers and author of, The Rideshare Guide. Over the years, Harry has covered the gig economy industry closely and talked to tens of thousands of drivers and gig workers about their experience on the road.

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