Vehicle requirements for Lyft

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Vehicle requirements for Lyft

The requirements applicable to Lyft vehicles are very high, as the safety of the passengers and the driver is our top priority. The vehicle must meet certain criteria that insignificantly vary depending on the state and the city.

The following essential criteria should be discussed separately (in more detail):

Age of the vehicle;

Four-door arrangement of the car;

Engine/ Suspension/ Brakes;

Seat belts;


Exterior of the vehicle;





Seat adjustment regulators;

Exhaust system;

Air conditioning and heating system.

The age of the vehicle

Lyft specifies the vehicle to be of 2005 manufacture year or newer, unless otherwise indicated below:

Alabama: Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile - 2007

California (all cities) - 2004

Colorado (all cities) - 2004

Washington, D.C. - 2007

Hawaii (all cities) - 2002

Illinois: Bloomington - 2007

Illinois: Chicago - 2004

Louisiana: New Orleans - 2009

Maryland (all cities) - 2007

Massachusetts (all cities) - 2004

Minnesota: Duluth - 2007

Minnesota: Minneapolis-St. Paul - 2004

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

North Carolina: Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham - 2002

Pennsylvania (all cities) - 2004

Ohio: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo - 2002

Oregon: Portland - 2007

Rhode Island: Providenc - 2004

Tennessee: Nashville - 2004

Texas: Austin, Dallas, & Houston - 2004

Virginia: Virginia Beach - 2002

Washington: Seattle - 2007

Four-door arrangement of the car

Lyft vehicle must have four doors able to be opened and closed from both inside and outside.The passengers must be provided an opportunity to lock and to unlock the doors.

Engine/ Suspension/ Brakes

The crucial criterion is the proper and secure functioning of the engine, suspension and brakes. In case a problem with the car is detected during testing, you should contact the spannerman to have it fixed.

Seat belts

The vehicle must be equipped with at least five seat belts in working condition.


Head and reversing lights as well as stop and turn signals must be fully operational. 

Exterior of the vehicle

Lyft cars must not have any external damage or dents. In case of car body defects, the vehicle may not be allowed for driving.


All tires must be properly checked if any problems arise. To demonstrate the good condition of the tires, send a photo of the coin between the tread ribs, so that the depth of each tread could be determined.


Windows must not have any cracks or shatters, and also should be able to roll up and down.


Wipers must be fully functioning and in good condition.


Motorhorn must be operational.

Seat adjustment regulators

Front seats of the vehicle must be able of moving back and forth.

Exhaust system

Exhaust system must conform to the state standards, otherwise the vehicle won’t be allowed for driving with Lyft.

Air conditioning and heating system

Air conditioning and heating system in the vehicle must be fully operational. The air conditioning must be filled up and be able of cooling sufficiently.

The requirements set for Lyft cars might seem challenging at first. However, it is possible to drive with Lyft almost each vehicle that complies with these small number of rules above.

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