How to Drive With Lyft: The Complete Guide

Unless you’ve been living in intense isolation, you’ve probably heard of ridesharing by now. With the help of technology that startup companies have developed, it’s possible to get a ride just using your smartphone.

A large group of private drivers makes this all possible. But these aren’t private drivers in suits and black shades like you’d find with traditional car hire companies. These are regular people giving rides using their personal vehicles. Have you ever wondered how you could participate in this business and make some extra money as a rideshare driver? It’s a lot easier than you might think.

In this guide, we’re going to take you through the entire process of driving for Lyft, one of the two major rideshare companies out there (the other one being Uber, which you can learn more about here).

We’ll cover everything you need to know, from signing up for the platform to making your first pickup to maximizing your Lyft driver income. If you’ve been looking for a one-stop guide for all the info you need to know to drive for Lyft, this is it.

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Drive for Lyft Requirements

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The first thing you should understand about driving for Lyft is that, while most people will be eligible, there are certain requirements that all drivers need to meet. The requirements fall into four categories:

  1. Driver Requirements
  2. Vehicle Requirements
  3. Device Requirements
  4. Local Requirements

Let’s address each requirement in turn:

1. Driver Requirements

All Lyft drivers must meet certain requirements. Don’t worry, they’re much less rigorous than those for most other jobs. You don’t have to worry about interviews or dressing up or sending thank-you notes.

However, all Lyft drivers need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have a current, valid insurance policy with the driver’s name on the policy
  • Pass a driving history check (also called a “DMV check”)
  • Pass a criminal background check

Sounds easy enough, right? But what exactly do the driving history and background checks look for?

Starting with the driving history check, you’ll be ineligible to drive for Lyft if any of the following are on your driving record:

  • More than three moving violations in the past three years (like accidents or traffic light violations)
  • A major moving violation in the past three years (like driving on a suspended license or reckless driving)
  • A DUI or other drug-related driving violation in the last seven years
  • Driving-related convictions in the last seven years (like hit-and-run or felonies involving a vehicle)

As far as the background check goes, any of the following will disqualify you from driving for Lyft:

  • Violent crime
  • Sexual offense
  • Disqualifying felony
  • Disqualifying drug-related offense
  • Disqualifying theft or property damage offense

For even more information, check out our guide to the Lyft background check.

2. Vehicle Requirements

Up next, you need to have a vehicle that meets Lyft’s vehicle requirements. Again, these are not that hard to meet. All Lyft vehicles must meet the following standards:

  • Have 4 doors and a minimum of 5 seat belts (including the driver’s)
  • Have valid plates with current registration
  • Meet the state or local maximum age requirements
  • Pass a vehicle inspection (if required by state or local law)

So what exactly are the maximum age requirements? In general, no car for Lyft can be older than 15 years. Usually, the maximum age is closer to 10 years. This varies from state to state and even among cities in the same state. To find out what your local requirements are, visit our complete guide to the Lyft vehicle requirements for every state.

The vehicle inspection is another topic that makes a lot of prospective Lyft drivers nervous. But there’s no need to be. The purpose of the vehicle inspection (if your state or city requires it) is to determine that your car is safe to transport passengers. The details of what the inspection checks for vary based on your region, but you can learn more about them in our complete guide to Lyft vehicle inspections.

3. Device Requirements

The device requirements are probably the simplest requirement to meet, but they’re important to know. Lyft requires you to have an iPhone or Android device that can run the Lyft driver app. If you have an iPhone, this means iOS 11. For Android devices, you need a phone that runs Android 7 or higher.

While you may be able to run the Lyft driver app on older mobile operating systems, there’s a chance it won’t function properly. You don’t want to run this risk, as it could result in angry passengers and lost income for you.

4. Local Requirements

In addition to the requirements we’ve already discussed, you may need to meet additional local requirements to drive for Lyft. For instance, all Lyft drivers in New York City must get background and driving record checks through the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). This is an extreme example, but many cities or states have their own local requirements you’ll need to be aware of.

To find your local requirements, consult the Lyft page for your city.

Drive for Lyft vs Uber

If you’re interested in driving for Lyft, the chances are good that you’ve also considered driving for Uber. What are the differences between them? Is driving for Lyft better than Uber? Can you make more money with one platform than the other?

Driving for the two platforms is fairly similar. They both have almost identical driver and vehicle requirements (so if you can’t get accepted for one, you’re not going to get accepted for the other).

As far as passengers, most people use both the Uber and Lyft apps to find the best price on a ride, so you won’t see a lot of difference there either.

Furthermore, the apps are quite similar in how they work. If you can use one, you can use the other (and each time one company comes out with a new feature, the other quickly copies it).

The main areas in which Uber and Lyft differ are earnings and driver support. On average, Lyft drivers report earning more than Uber drivers ($17.53 per hour for Lyft vs. $13.70 per hour for Uber). This is a compelling reason to drive for Lyft as opposed to Uber, although we still recommend driving for both platforms to maximize your earnings (more on this below).

With regards to driver support, Lyft drivers report that reps from Lyft are more helpful than those from Uber when problems arise. This isn’t to say that Uber support reps are unhelpful jerks. Rather, the Lyft support team seems to take more time to help drivers resolve the root causes of issues, while Uber support more often gives canned responses and seems overwhelmed.

Lyft Driver Application Process

Okay, so you’ve decided that driving for Lyft is for you, and you’re ready to become a driver. How exactly do you do that? It’s a simple process, and we’re going to walk you through every step of it. Here’s an overview of the steps:

  1. Navigate to the Lyft driver application page
  2. Enter your phone number and verify it
  3. Add your vehicle information
  4. Add your driver’s license information
  5. Agree to a background check
  6. Take your vehicle in for an inspection
  7. Check on your application status

Let’s look at each step in more detail.

1. Navigate to the Lyft driver application page

You’ll find the page at lyft.com/drive. It will look something like this (the text may vary slightly based on your city).

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2. Enter your phone number and verify it

Type your phone number into the box on the application page. Be sure it’s a current phone number for the device you plan to use while driving for Lyft. You’ll also need to check the box that says, “I agree to Lyft’s Terms of Service.”

Additionally, you’ll need to either check “I have a car” or “I need a car.” For now, we’ll assume you do have a car, although it is possible to rent or lease a car to drive for Lyft. We’ll cover this more in a later section.

Once you’ve filled in the information on this page, click “Next” to continue.

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Lyft will then text a verification code to the phone number you provided. Enter this code into the field that appears. You’re then ready to proceed.

3. Add your vehicle information

Lyft will next ask you about your vehicle. This is just to verify that it meets the general Lyft vehicle requirements as well as the specific requirements for your city. You’ll need to provide the following information:

  • Vehicle make
  • Vehicle model
  • Vehicle year
  • Vehicle color
  • Vehicle license plate number

You’ll also need to provide the details of your vehicle registration and insurance policy, including photos of these documents. You can learn more about the required driver document photos here.

Assuming all this information checks out, you can move on to the next step.

4. Add your driver’s license information

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You’ll now need to add your driver’s license info. This is a simple matter of typing in the following straight from your license:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Date of birth
  • Date of issue
  • Date of expiration

Note that some states require you to have held a driver’s license for at least a year before you can drive for Lyft. This is to confirm that you have adequate driving experience. In some cases, however, this can cause problems.

For instance, if you just moved from another state and have only held your current state license for a few months, Lyft may be unable to process your application. This won’t happen in all cases, but it can be frustrating when it does. If this happens, your only option is to wait until you have held the license for at least a year. You can learn more about how to resolve this issue here.

5. Agree to a background check

With all the above information entered, you’re now ready to consent to the Lyft background and DMV check. You’ll need to enter your Social Security number and then authorize the background check process. Don’t worry: Your information is secure, and Lyft will never sell or release it to third parties.

Note that it can take a few days or even weeks to process your background check. Just because it’s taking some time, that doesn’t mean you have some terrible crime on your record that you didn’t know about. Delays often occur because of the number of state and federal agencies that have to coordinate in order to provide a full check of your criminal history and driving record.

6. Take your vehicle in for an inspection

Assuming your state or city requires one, you’ll now need to get your vehicle inspected. You can do this any time after filling out the online Lyft application. To find an inspection location near you, visit the vehicle requirements page for your city. We also recommend reading our Lyft vehicle inspection guide to make sure you pass (and to learn how you can get your vehicle inspected from the comfort of your own home).

7. Check on your application status

With your vehicle inspection complete, all that’s left now is to await a decision regarding your application. Usually, this takes no more than a couple days. You can check the status of your application by visiting this page and entering the phone number you used to apply.

If your application is taking a long time to process, you should know that background checks are the most common cause of delays. As we mentioned above, this is due to the difficulty of coordinating several different state, local, and federal agencies to get the necessary records. If you’ve ever stood in line at the DMV, you know just how inefficient and slow-moving these agencies can be.

If it’s been a couple weeks and you still haven’t heard anything, you can contact Lyft support for further help. Note, however, that Lyft support agents can’t directly access information related to your background check, as a third-party company conducts them. Lyft support reps can point you in the right direction, however.

Lyft Driver Promo Code

Before we get to the process of giving your first Lyft ride, we want to mention some important tricks you can use to boost your Lyft driver income before you even hit the road. As a new Lyft driver, you’re eligible for certain exclusive sign-up bonuses. These new driver bonuses are only available when you’re filling out your Lyft application (you can’t claim them after you apply).

What exactly are these bonuses? The bonus amounts vary based on your city, but they generally are certain guaranteed minimum earnings within the first month that you drive for Lyft.

To get the bonus, you have to both sign up using an eligible Lyft promo code or link and meet the ride requirements for your city.

This usually means giving a minimum number of rides within the first 30 days that you drive for Lyft, as well as maintaining a minimum acceptance rate (the number of ride requests that you accept, more on this later). There are also weekly guarantee bonuses, which work in a similar way except that they guarantee you’ll earn a minimum amount per week. Learn more about the weekly bonus here.

How exactly do you get a new driver bonus? All you have to do is enter the Lyft driver referral code RIDESTERLYFT when you apply. Or, to make it even easier to get the Lyft driver sign up bonus, just sign up using this link.

If you know someone who’s already a Lyft driver, you can also ask them to give your their Lyft referral code. That way, your friend will earn a referral bonus in addition to you.

To learn more about all current Lyft promo codes, consult our guide.

How to Drive With Lyft: The Driving Process

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You just got word that Lyft approved your driver application. Congratulations! You’re now ready to begin giving rides to passengers. But how exactly do you do that? Don’t worry, it’s really simple. If you can follow GPS directions and send text messages, you can definitely use the Lyft driver app.

Here’s how to give your first Lyft ride, step by step:

1. Download the Lyft driver app

The app is available for both Android and iOS. Note that this is a separate Lyft app from the app that passengers use. The Lyft passenger app used to have a built-in “Driver mode” that drivers would use to give rides, but Lyft is phasing out that functionality. If you’re a new driver, it’s best to start with the official Lyft driver app.

Download the Lyft driver app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, sign in using the phone number you used to sign up for Lyft. Lyft may text you a verification code, which you’ll need to enter to confirm your identity.

2. Go online

Once you sign into the Lyft app, you’ll see that you’re still not online. This is to prevent the shock of a ride request before you’re ready to accept it. To go online and start accepting ride requests, slide the steering wheel icon at the top of the screen to the right. You’re now online.

3. Wait for a ride request

Once you’re online, you just need to wait for a ride request. It shouldn’t take too long. When you get a request, you’ll see a notification with the passenger’s name, pickup ETA, and ride type. You can tap anywhere on the screen to accept the ride.

Note that you have 15 seconds to accept a ride. If you don’t accept it, Lyft will automatically offer it to another driver.

4. Drive to the passenger’s location

Once you’ve accepted the ride, tap the arrow next to the pickup location to get directions to it. Note that the Lyft driver app will not show you the passenger’s destination until you pick them up. This is to prevent discrimination based on where the passenger is traveling.

To get to the passenger’s location, you can use the Google Maps navigation built into the Lyft driver app. If you prefer, you can also navigate using Waze or another navigation app, but you’ll have to enter the location yourself. We recommend just sticking with the in-app navigation. Not only will having multiple apps open slow down your phone, but it can also be distracting to switch between the Lyft driver app and another navigation app while you’re driving.

5. Pick up the passenger

Once you’ve reached the pickup location, tap “Tap to arrive” and then “Confirm arrival.” This lets the passenger know that you’ve reached their location. Hopefully, the passenger is waiting at the pickup location they specified.

Sometimes, however, they may not be. There are many reasons for this, including still being inside a house or apartment, being behind some structure or object, or even choosing the wrong pickup location. If the passenger hasn’t appeared after a minute or so, use the Lyft app to call them. Just tap the phone icon in the upper righthand corner of the app screen.

Once your passenger has gotten into your vehicle, tap “Pick up (passenger’s name).” Take a moment to greet your passenger, then tap “Navigate” to begin driving to their destination.

6. Drive your passenger to their destination

You can now drive your passenger to wherever they’re going. During the ride, we recommend trying to make some small talk with your passenger. Ask them how their day is going, or make a comment about the weather or something going on in the city. If they’re interested in chatting, then feel free to continue the conversation. Keep things light and not too personal.

If the passenger seems like they’d rather just ride in silence while looking at their phone or gazing out the window, that’s fine as well. Don’t try to force a conversation. Remember, you’re providing a service to passengers. You should make their experience as comfortable as possible. Depending on the situation, this could mean having a conversation or just driving quietly.

Even if your passenger doesn’t want to chat, it’s always a good idea to ask if there’s anything you can do to make their ride more comfortable. Offer to adjust the heat, A/C, or music selection. If you want to go the extra mile, have some mints, gum, or bottled water on hand. These small details go a long way toward getting you a high driver rating and increasing your chances of getting a tip.

7. Drop off your passenger

Once you’ve reached your passenger’s destination, tap “Tap to drop off.” Once the passenger has exited the vehicle, tap “Confirm drop off” to end the ride. If there’s any ambiguity about where you should drop off the passenger, be sure to ask them.

You shouldn’t accommodate an unreasonable request (such as driving them to a completely different location), but be flexible if they ask you to take them just a few feet further. Remember, the passenger may not be familiar with the drop off location, especially if they’re visiting from out of town.

8. Rate your passenger

The final step is to rate your passenger. If you do nothing, then they’ll automatically receive 5 stars (the highest possible rating). If you want to leave a lower passenger rating or more customized feedback, tap the star icon that appears.

You can give a rating that you think is appropriate, as well as leave comments about why you think the passenger didn’t deserve a high rating. It’s customary to give 5 stars unless the passenger actually did something to annoy you, make the ride unpleasant, or threaten you in some way. If you leave a rating of 3 stars or lower, you won’t be matched with that passenger again.

The passenger will also have the opportunity to rate you when the ride ends. Note that all ratings are anonymous on both sides. You’ll only be able to see an average for all your ratings. This prevents drivers or passengers from retaliating against each other due to low ratings or negative feedback.

How Much Does It Pay to Drive for Lyft?

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While driving for Lyft has other benefits such as exploring your city and meeting new people, you’re ultimately doing it to make money. But just how much money can you make? This depends on a few factors.

To start, there’s your city. Different cities have different rates that they charge passengers (which then affects how much drivers earn). Broadly speaking, this rate scales with the cost of living in a given city. So a city like NYC is going to have higher rates than somewhere like Cleveland. Due to the cost of living differences, however, the relative amount that drivers earn is theoretically the same.

The next thing that affects your earnings is the type of Lyft rides you give. So far, we’ve only talked about the regular Lyft service. This is the one that most drivers will use and start with, so it’s what we chose to focus on in this article. You should be aware, however, that there are other services available such as Lyft XL and Lyft Lux.

Both of these require either larger or more luxurious vehicles to be eligible. They also have much higher fares, which means greater earnings for you as a driver. Of course, you have to balance this with the higher costs of operating a larger or more luxurious vehicle. You can learn more about the different types of Lyft rides here.

Next, you’ll need to consider when you’re driving. If you drive during Prime Time (times when demand for Lyft rides is high), you can earn higher fares. You can also earn more by driving during rush hour or when a big event is in town. And, more generally, longer rides will mean higher fares.

The final factor that affects your earnings is the quality of the service you provide. Better service means that you’ll have happy passengers, who will then be more likely to leave you a tip. You have the greatest influence over this part of your income (aside from choosing to drive in the right areas at the right times, which we’ll discuss below). Get more advice on how to increase your Lyft tips here (the guide is for Uber drivers, but all the advice applies equally to Lyft).

If the above information is too general for you, then we have a couple more pieces of information. According to our 2018 Independent Driver Earnings Survey, the average net hourly earning across all rideshare drivers was $14.73 per hour (the data uses both Uber and Lyft drivers, most of whom drive for both platforms, so it’s difficult to parse out which is which). Note that this is the net income after subtracting driver expenses such as gas, insurance, and vehicle maintenance.

Curious to see how much you can make driving in your city? Check out our Lyft driver income calculator:

Best Cities to Drive for Lyft

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Lyft is available in dozens of cities across the United States (as well as a limited presence in Canada). While all can be rewarding places to drive, we wanted to highlight some of the best cities in the U.S. to drive for Lyft, as well as what makes them great places to drive.

1. Atlanta

The ATL is a city known for Coca-Cola, hip hop, and terrible traffic. Okay, so the traffic in Atlanta can make it a frustrating place to be a Lyft driver sometimes, but it’s also a city of great opportunity to earn. With a thriving nightlife, frequent conventions, and a major international airport, there are lots of chances to get lucrative Lyft rides.

2. Chicago

The Windy City is also the third-largest in the United States, known for its stunning architecture, world-class food, and spirited sports fans. With its large population and status as an important center of business, you can rest assured you’ll have a steady mix of business travelers, tourists, and fun-loving locals to keep you busy driving.

The harsh winter weather also ensures earnings for drivers willing to brave the snowy conditions, as many people who would ordinarily walk will choose to take Lyft when the weather is bad.

3. Dallas

A major population city of Texas, Dallas is famous for its cowboy culture and a classic soap opera of the same name. The modern city, however, is so much more than those two things (although you will still see plenty of cowboy hats). While it has public transit, car remains the best way to get around most of Dallas. This means you’ll get plenty of Lyft rides from both visitors and locals.

4. Denver

The Mile High City sits tucked at the base of the Rocky Mountains, a popular destination for both winter sports and summer adventures. But Denver itself also has lots to offer, attracting a steady stream of new residents (100,000 new people in just seven years!) who move to the city because of the burgeoning tech industry. The presence of legal recreational marijuana doesn’t hurt, either.

Denver doesn’t sprawl as much as some of the other cities on this list, but you’ll still get plenty of Lyft requests from locals headed out on the town (or maybe even up to the slopes), plus tourists who’ve come to take in all the city has to offer.

5. Las Vegas

A city where people from all over the world go to gamble, eat, drink, and generally have a good time, Vegas is an excellent city to be a Lyft driver. Tourists are common users of Lyft, especially if they’re headed to (or from) the Strip to party.

And with many visitors to Vegas already in the mood to spend big, you can expect to earn some generous tips (especially if you can give passengers advice on the best restaurants, casinos, or whatever else interests them).

6. Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the city of Hollywood, glamor, and sunshine, but it’s also the city of massive urban sprawl and gridlock. Car is the way to get around LA without question, even as the city attempts to expand its public transit.

You can count on plenty of locals and tourists who need Lyft rides, as it’s almost impossible to get anywhere in LA without driving. But hey, you’ll always have a gorgeous view, and you may even pick up someone famous.

7. New York City

A world capital of finance, fashion, and culture, New York City is an excellent place to drive for Lyft. You’ll meet lots of tourists from all over the world, but the sheer diversity of the local population also means each ride will feel like a short trip to a different land. And given that it’s a city of high earners and wealthy tourists, you can also expect to receive some sizeable tips.

8. Phoenix

NYC, Chicago, and LA get all the attention for being the largest U.S. cities, but did you know that Phoenix is the fifth most populous city in the United States? It’s true, and all these people get around mostly by driving.

Just take a look at a map of Phoenix, and you can see that the car is king. Sure, it may not be as big as LA, but driving is the best way to get places. Take advantage of this as a Lyft driver (just be sure to keep the A/C cranked up, because Phoenix is hot).

Best Times to Drive for Lyft

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A common question new drivers have is, “When is the best time to drive for Lyft?” While this will vary somewhat based on your city, we can offer a few general guidelines.

To start, the best times to drive for Lyft are the busiest times. If lots of people are requesting Lyft rides, then it’s a good time to be on the road. Not only will you have a steady stream of business, but you’ll also have the chance to make really good money due to the increases in fares that come during times of high demand.

A common belief is that the best time to drive for Lyft is during the late night hours. While driving on Friday and Saturday night does offer the chance to get lots of passengers who are headed out to bars (or home from them), late evenings aren’t automatically the best time to drive.

You have to make sure you’re in the right area. If you’re in a dense district with lots of bars during the peak of the night, then you may get stuck with lots of short rides of just a few blocks. It’s better to be out either earlier in the evening (when people head out) or around when the bars close (as this will get you longer rides out to the suburbs or wherever people are heading).

If you’d rather not shuttle around drunk people, there are still other times you can drive to maximize your earnings. For instance, you can station yourself in wealthy suburbs during the early morning. This can help you get rides from wealthy executives or other business travelers who are headed to the airport.

If airport runs aren’t your thing, you can also check to see what sorts of events are going on your city. Any time there’s a major concert or sporting event, there will be people who need Lyft rides. But again, be sure you’re nearby when the event ends (getting there in the middle of it won’t help you).

Finally, rush hour can be a good time to give rides. You’ll be able to get people commuting either into or out of the city. If you time things correctly, you can even give some rides while you’re commuting home from your day job. Lyft even has a feature called “Destination Mode” that makes this easier for you as a driver. You can learn more about it at Lyft.com.

Drive With Lyft FAQ

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this guide, and we want to conclude it with a roundup of answers to some common questions about driving for Lyft.

1. Can you drive for Lyft with a DUI?

Generally, no. If it was more than seven years ago, then you’ll probably be okay, but it definitely won’t help your application.

2. Can I accept cash payments for Lyft rides?

No, you cannot. You are welcome to accept cash tips, but all riders must pay for rides using the debit or credit card on file with their Lyft account. All this happens within the Lyft app, meaning you never have to handle any money or cards while driving. This makes things easier for everyone, as well as preventing fraud or theft.

3. Can I refer passengers to Lyft?

Sure. In addition to your link to refer drivers, all Lyft drivers have a passenger referral code. This can be a great way to earn some money if you’re giving a ride to multiple people and one of them doesn’t have Lyft yet. New passengers can get a free ride when they sign up with your link or code. Learn more here.

4. Can I drive for Lyft with a rental car?

Sort of. You can’t use just any rental car, but you can rent or lease a car to drive through Lyft’s Express Drive program. This allows drivers to give rides if they don’t have a car or don’t want to use their personal vehicle. You can learn more about the program here.

5. Can you drive for Lyft with a salvage title?

Generally speaking, no. It’s too much of a safety liability. The rules regarding this vary from state to state, so check your state’s information page to be sure.

6. Can you drive Lyft with temporary tags?

Yes, this is generally allowed. Just enter the info when you fill out your application, and you’ll find out.

7. Is it possible to drive with Lyft without a car?

You will need to have access to a car (that’s the whole premise of Lyft), but it doesn’t have to be a car you own. Through the Express Drive program, Lyft can help you rent or lease a car to use for their platform. You can learn more about it in this guide.

8. Can I drive with Lyft in another state?

This depends on what you mean. You can only operate in one state at a time, and some states will require you to have an in-state license to drive in them. That is, if you move to a new city, you may have to update your driver’s license to the new state before you can give Lyft rides (though this can create problems in some states because it will make your driving history appear too short, as we discussed above).

In terms of crossing state lines during a ride, Lyft generally allows this. This is especially true in regions where people regularly cross state lines for work or recreation (such as the D.C. or NYC metro area). You cannot give Lyft rides across international borders.

9. What do I do if I have a problem with a Lyft passenger?

The Lyft community is built on respect. If a passenger does something to disrespect you, make you feel unsafe, or otherwise create a bad driver experience, you should make note of it when you leave a passenger review. If a passenger does something to threaten you, you can also call the Lyft safety team for immediate help (always call 911 in emergencies).

Of course, most Lyft riders are friendly people who won’t cause any problems. But it’s best to know how to get help when you do need it.

10. When will I receive my Lyft earnings?

Lyft pays drivers weekly. The company sends payments on Tuesday at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time. It will usually take two to three business days for the payment to be available in your account, though this can vary based on your bank.

If you need your earnings sooner, you can cash them out using a feature called Express Pay. This will allow an (almost) instant deposit to your checking account. You can learn more here.

11. How do I view my Lyft driver earnings?

To see your Lyft driver earnings, you have a couple options. The first is to check the Lyft Driver Dashboard online. To do this, visit this page and sign in with your Lyft driver login information. You’ll then be able to see a summary of your earnings for the year.

The other option you have is via the Driver Console in the Lyft driver app. This shows you key Lyft account data, such as your earnings after any applicable fees. You can see this information at the bottom of the page when you open the Lyft driver app. Lyft is always adding new features like this to the app, so be sure to keep your app updated to have access to the latest tools.

12. Can I drive for Uber and Lyft at the same time?

Yes, you can, and we recommend doing so to maximize your earnings. Sure, you may earn slightly more on average when driving for Lyft, but not driving for Uber means you’re missing out on opportunities to earn some money as opposed to no money. It’s better to be earning money driving for Uber than to be sitting around waiting for a Lyft ride. Check out our guide to driving for both Uber and Lyft.

Drive With Lyft to Earn Extra Cash

We hope this guide has given you everything you need to know to get started driving with Lyft. While there is a lot to know, the most important thing is to just apply to Lyft and start driving. Going through the application process will answer most of your questions, and Lyft support staff are on hand to answer any others.

Want to drive for Uber as well? Check out our complete guide to becoming an Uber driver.