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    Toronto and Greater Toronto Driver Information

    This page provides information about vehicle, driver, and document requirements, state regulations, insurance coverage, and city-specific requirements needed to drive with Lyft in the city of Toronto.
    To apply to drive in Toronto, submit an application online or in the Lyft Driver app –– download it from the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play store. To be approved to drive, applicants must meet these requirements.
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    What you need to drive with Lyft in Toronto

    To be approved to drive, applicants must meet the below requirements, as well as maintain valid and current documents to prove eligibility. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.
    You can use the Driver Dashboard in your Lyft Driver app to upload your documents.
    Vehicle requirements
    • 7 years or newer
    • 4 doors
    • 5–8 seats, including the driver's
    • Winter tires (recognizable from the three-peak mountain snowflake on the tire itself)
    • Required from December 1 through April 30th. Failure to have winter tires during this time may result in a fine.
    • Not a taxi or stretch limousine
    • Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification
    • Rental vehicles aren't permitted
    For more information about winter tires and driving safety in winter, see Ontario Ministry of Transport's winter driving website.
    Have a Luxury car? See if your car qualifies for Lyft Lux or Lyft Lux Black to earn more on each ride.
    Driver requirements
    • Valid Ontario driver’s licence
      • Driver’s licence must be Class G or higher and issued in Ontario
      • Temporary licences are acceptable, but be sure to upload your permanent copy when you receive it
    • You must be 25 years or older
    • 3 years of driving history in Toronto
    • Pass a driver screening, which reviews your driving history and criminal background check. Learn more about driver screenings.
    • Any smartphone that can download and run the Lyft Driver app. See phone software recommendations.
    • Cameras: If you choose to equip your vehicle with a dashcam or other recording device, you are required to inform passengers that they may be recorded
    • Phone mounting: Drivers in Toronto are required to use a hands-free, mounted device at all times when available to give rides on the Lyft platform
    • Bikes and scooters stickers: you are required to affix two "LOOK FOR bikes & scooters" stickers on both rear windows. You can print out a temporary sticker here.
    Document requirements
    Vehicle inspection
    To drive with Lyft in Toronto, your vehicle must pass an annual inspection and receive a Safety Standards Certificate (SSC). To obtain the SSC, visit a mechanic licensed by the Ministry of Transportation. Click here for more info.
    You must upload a photo of your SSC matching your vehicle information to your Driver Dashboard within 36 days of the inspection. If you already have an SSC, you can submit it as long as the inspection was completed within the past 36 days. Keep your SSC in your vehicle while driving with Lyft.
    Emblem requirements
    Drivers are required to display two Lyft emblems while in driver mode. The Lyft emblem is Lyft’s official trade dress. It helps passengers and law enforcement identify your vehicle.
    Example of front and rear windshields for purpose of illustrating emblem placement.
    Refer to the image above for placement of your Lyft emblems. If you drive in the City of Toronto, be sure to display your Lyft emblem on your passenger side rear window, as required by local regulations. Make sure to remove the emblem when you aren't in driver mode.
    Image of the Lyft emblem.
    If you’ve just been approved to drive, you should receive your Lyft emblems shortly. If you didn't get one or need a new one, contact us. In the mean time, you can print a temporary emblem here.

    Toronto driver regulations

    Be sure to follow these rules when giving rides in Toronto, and keep an eye on your email for important updates from Lyft.
    Hourly driver mode limits
    In Toronto, Lyft’s standard time limit for driver mode applies.
    Best practices
    Items to keep in your vehicle
    • Valid SSC inspection form
    • PTC driver's licence number

    Know your insurance

    Review Lyft's insurance policy here.

    Moving to or from Toronto

    If you're already a driver elsewhere and you're moving to Toronto, contact us with the following info:
    Moving from Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area to a different Lyft region? Find your new region here to see what steps you'll need to take.

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