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How The Lyft Minor Policy Works [For Riders & Drivers]

Learn how the Lyft minor policy works for riders and drivers. We'll give actionable advice for both, to help you ensure a smooth ride.

Key Takeaways

  • Lyft allows minors to ride with an accompanying adult aged 18 or over.
  • Lyft drivers can request proof of age if they suspect a rider is a minor.
  • Lyft’s policy prohibits minors from creating their own accounts or riding alone.
  • HopSkipDrive is a safe rideshare alternative specifically designed for unaccompanied minors.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Ride with Lyft?

To ride with Lyft independently, riders must be at least 18 years old. Minors under 18 can still use Lyft if they are accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age.

Riders with children requiring car seats must provide their own, as Lyft drivers do not supply these. In certain cities, the Lyft Car Seat service is also available, which provide rides equipped with car seats.

This policy is a way for Lyft to ensure safety and legal compliance and a way to reduce the risks of potential legal implications for themselves as well as drivers.

Additionally, Lyft drivers have the right to ask for proof of age to prevent minors from riding alone.

Brett’s Take: Thoughts From an Expert

If you’re a parent, don’t try to send your underage kids in a Lyft ride. I have this happen far more often that I’d like while driving, and it is very frustrating.

Having to be put in a situation in which I have to decline a ride is uncomfortable to say the least.

I first have to explain to the kids that I can’t take them and then explain to the person who called the ride why I can’t take the kids. Usually, this involves some heated back and forth.

Then, I have to cancel the ride and spend time contacting customer service so that I’m able to explain the situation and not have it go against my ratings.

Typically, these parents know that they are breaking policy, but they’re bending the rules because many drivers will just take the kids regardless.

However, I highly suggest against drivers doing this.

There’s all sorts of issues and liabilities that can occur – from accidents and injuries, to other incidents involving minors without adult supervision.

My Suggestion: Riders, just don’t do it. Instead, use an “Uber for kids” service that specializes in the transportation of children.

Drivers, also don’t do it. If you’re put in this situation, report the rider who requested the ride.

This is why the rating system is put in place, as a way of community enforcement for those breaking the rules.

Also be aware of pickup locations like schools or other locations where the likelihood of picking up a minor is high. When in doubt, contact the rider and ask.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Drive for Lyft?

To drive for Lyft, the minimum age requirement varies by location, generally falling between 21 to 25 years old.

For instance, in most states, such as Florida and Hawaii, you must be at least 25 years old to drive for Lyft. However, New York allows individuals as young as 19 to become Lyft drivers.

It’s important to note that, aside from meeting the age requirement, drivers in some states must also have at least one year of driving experience.

This policy ensures drivers have sufficient experience behind the wheel to provide safe and reliable rides.

Alternative to Lyft: HopSkipDrive

For busy parents unable to manage all their children’s after-school activities, HopSkipDrive offers a safe transportation solution for those under 18.

Launched in 2015, this rideshare service specializes in safely ferrying kids to school and various activities, adhering to stringent safety protocols cherished by parents.

Through HopSkipDrive, parents or guardians can easily arrange either one-time or recurring trips for their children, connecting with a network of thoroughly vetted drivers—most of whom are parents themselves.

Once a ride is scheduled, a designated driver from the area will be assigned to pick up the child, with the parents receiving detailed information about the driver for added peace of mind.

Ensuring the safety of minors, HopSkipDrive emphasizes rigorous background checks for all drivers and offers parents the ability to communicate with the driver throughout the trip.

Additionally, the app provides real-time notifications at each stop, ensuring parents are always informed of their child’s whereabouts.

Designed with the safety of unaccompanied minors in mind, HopSkipDrive aims to be a reliable alternative for transporting kids when parents are not available.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re a parent who has a complicated work schedule or a lot going on at once, utilizing a rideshare service to get your underage kids to and from school and other activities can be beneficial.

Unfortunately, Lyft and other major companies don’t drive minors without an adult present.  The good news is that there’s an alternative that can assist.

HopSkipDrive is the perfect and safe alternative to get your young ones to their destination safely without you having to change your schedule.

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