Lyft Vehicle Requirements
A complete list of all the vehicles that qualify [update 2019]

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Lyft Vehicle Requirements: Can you drive for Lyft with your car?

To apply for Lyft, very similar to Uber, applicants must meet some driver requirements. The list of Lyft qualifications includes some vehicle requirements.

Lyft car Requirements

What Cars are Eligible for Lyft?

To become a Lyft driver you must own your own vehicle or rent one with Lyft Express Drive for example. Some requirements are generic and apply to all the United States of America. Lyft car requirements include:

  • 4-doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
  • Taxis and stretch limousines are not allowed on the Lyft platform
  • Personal vehicle insurance
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage (read more below: Lyft Vehicle Inspection)

Other requirements change from state to state. In particular regarding the maximum age of your car. Your vehicle must respect your city’s vehicle age requirement. Your car will not qualify for Lyft and your application will be rejected if it doesn't meet the vehicle age requirements. Even if your car is in good condition, there are no exceptions regarding the maximum age of your vehicle.

How old does your car have to be for Lyft?

Checklist of Lyft Age Vehicle Requirements for all the States and Cities [Update February 2019]

+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Alabama

2004 or newer

+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Alaska

2007 or newer

+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Arizona
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Eastern Arizona
    • Lake Havasu City/Kingman
    • Northern Arizona
    • Yuma
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Arkansas
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Fayetteville
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements California
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Bakersfield
    • Eastern Sierras
    • Fresno
    • Inland Empire/San Bernardino
    • Lake Tahoe
    • Los Angeles
    • Modesto
    • Monterey
    • Napa & Sonoma
    • Orange County
    • Sacramento
    • San Diego
    • Santa Barbara
    • Santa Cruz
    • Stockton
    • Ventura
  • 2004 or newer:
    • San Francisco
    • Silicon Valley/San Jose
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Colorado
  • 2004 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Connecticut
  • 2007 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Delaware
  • 2003 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Florida
  • 2007 or newer:
    • Bradenton
    • Jacksonville
    • Miami/South FL
    • Naples
    • Orlando
    • Port of Charlotte
    • Sarasota
    • Tampa
  • 2004 or newer:
    • Daytona Beach
    • Florida Keys
    • Fort Myers
    • Lakeland
    • Ocala
    • Port St. Lucie
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Georgia
  • 2007 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Hawaii
  • 2003 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Idaho
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Coeur d'Alene
    • Idaho Falls
  • 2004 or newer:
    • Boise
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Illinois
  • 2009 or newer:
    • Bloomington
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Decatur
    • Kankakee
  • 2004 or newer:
    • Chicago
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Indiana
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Gary
    • Muncie
    • Terre Haute
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Iowa
  • 2003 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Kansas
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Manhattan
    • Topeka
    • Western Kansas
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Kentucky
  • 2003 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Louisiana
  • 2011 or newer:
    • New Orleans
  • 2006 or newer:
    • Baton Rouge
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Monroe
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
  • 4 doors
  • No commercial vehicles (Lafayette and Shreveport only)
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Maine
  • 2004 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Maryland
  • 2007 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Massachusetts
  • 2004 or newer:
    • Cape Cod
    • Springfield
    • Worcester
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Michigan
  • 2006 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Minnesota
  • 2009 or newer:
    • Duluth
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
  • Minneapolis/St.Paul
    • 2004 or newer
    • 2008 vehicles and older must have less than 150K mileage
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Mississippi
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Gulfport-Biloxi
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Missouri
  • 2007 or newer:
    • St. Louis
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Springfield
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Montana
  • 2004 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Nebraska
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Western Nebraska
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Nevada
  • 2009 or newer:
    • Las Vegas Area
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements New Hampshire
  • 2003 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements New Jersey
  • 2004 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements New Mexico
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Las Cruces
    • Roswell
    • Taos
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements New York City
  • All vehicle requirements in New York City are governed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements New York State
  • 2004 or newer
  • No taxis, livery vehicles, limos, black cars, or other for-hire vehicles
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements North Carolina
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Outer Banks
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements North Dakota
  • 2003 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Ohio
  • 2003 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Oklahoma
  • 2009 or newer:
    • Ardmore
    • Woodward
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Oregon
  • 2009 or newer:
    • Portland
  • 2003 or newer:
    • Medford
  • 2004 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Pennsylvania
  • 2004 or newer
  • Fewer than 350,000 miles
  • No taxis, livery vehicles, limos, black cars, or other for-hire vehicles
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Rhode Island
  • 2004 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements South Carolina
  • 2003 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements South Dakota
  • 2009 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Tennessee
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Cookeville
    • Jackson
    • Johnson City
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Texas
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Abilene
    • Amarillo
    • Tyler
    • Victoria
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Utah
  • 2005 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Vermont
  • 2009 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Virginia
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Fredericksburg
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Washington State
  • 2009 or newer (2008 or newer with a valid FHP):
    • Seattle
    • King County
    • Tacoma
  • 2009 or newer:
    • Olympia
  • 2004 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Washington DC
  • 2009 or newer
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements West Virginia
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Martinsburg
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Wisconsin
  • 2005 or newer:
    • Janesville
    • Madison
    • Milwaukee
    • Sheboygan-Fond du Lac Area
  • 2004 or newer:
    • Green Bay
  • 2003 or newer: All other cities
+ Lyft Vehicle Requirements Wyoming
  • 2005 or newer

Lyft Vehicle Inspection

Now that you have verified that your car has all the requirements it is important that you know that Lyft wants to ensure safe rides to all the users on the Lyft platform. Your car will have to undergo a vehicle inspection. Lyft vehicle inspection is a part of the application process to become a Lyft driver. Lyft vehicle inspection is required for all the vehicles in the Lyft platform. Each vehicle must in any case pass a vehicle inspection every year.

How do I book a Lyft Vehicle Inspection?

You can schedule your Lyft vehicle inspection through the Lyft App or your Lyft driver account. Do not worry, Lyft app will remind you that you have to do your inspection one month before expiry. Lyft vehicle inspection is FREE in the Lyft HUB

What does Lyft check in a car inspection?

lyft vehicle inspection

The safety inspection critieria set by Lyft is designed to make sure that your vehicle is operating safely and includes:

  • All four doors must be able to open and close from the interior and the exterior
  • Front seats must be able to move forward and backward.
  • Passengers must be able to unlock and lock their own doors
  • All seat belts equipped in the vehicle must be functional
  • Air conditioning and heat must be fully functional
  • Windows must be functional (able to roll up and down) and free of cracks
  • Mirrors must be free of cracks
  • Engine, suspension, steering, and brakes must be fully functional and safe
  • All exterior lights must function
    • Headlights (both high and low beams)
    • Turn signals (both sides, front and rear)
    • Brake lights
    • Reverse lights (both lights)
  • All tires need sufficient tread.

If you need to verify that your tires are in good condition, perform a penny test. Watch the video below.

Lyft Vehicle Requirements FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Can I drive for Lyft if my car is damaged?

Your car must be free of body damage and dents. You cannot drive for Lyft with a damaged car.

Does Lyft accept 2 doors cars?

Nope. 2 doors cars do not qualify for Lyft. All the cars on the Lyft plateform must have 4 doors. If you have a 2 doors car you may think to sign up for Postmates or become an Uber Eats driver.

How long does Lyft car inspection take?

The actual Lyft car inspection takes 15 minutes once the car is in the Lyft HUB. Paper work may take another 5/10 minutes.

Conclusion

Now you know the details for Lyft driver and vehicle qualifications in order to drive for Lyft. Qualifying for Lyft is not so complicated. If you have your own car you only need to pass a vehicle inspection and you can start quicly earn money as Lyft driver. If you don’t have a car, you can easily rent a car with Lyft Express Drive.

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