Now that you’ve decided to become an Lyft driver for Atlanta, you will now need to make sure that your vehicle meets Lyft’s car requirements. Your selective vehicle will determine whether you can become an Atlanta Lyft driver. Regardless, you are one step closer to using your personal vehicle to make money as a simple driver. All you have to do is meet a few standard Lyft car requirements.

What kind of vehicles will Lyft allow you to use?

If you’ve been directed to take your vehicle to a mechanic, head to your Dashboard for further instructions. If there is no inspection form provided on the page, please use this form.

Lyft Car Requirements 2017 (Atlanta)

Unlike Uber, Lyft has only one category for all of its drivers as of now. Below are the basic needs in order for you to be approved as an official Lyft Driver.

4 doors

  • Lyft vehicles must have four doors.
  • All four doors need to be able to open and close from the interior and the exterior.
  • Passengers need to be able to unlock and lock their own doors.

Update as of 09/05/2017 Lyft Now Offers the following:

  • Line – Lyft Line is a shared ride. It matches you with others going the same way, so you can split the cost. Price is fixed upfront and always less than a standard Lyft.
  • Lyft – Lyft is your personal ride. Whether you’re traveling solo or with up to three friends, this sedan is yours to fill.
  • Plus – Lyft Plus is a supersized ride with six seats for when you need more space or just want to roll with the entire squad.
  • Premier – Lyft Premier is your high-end ride. From business trips to a night on the town, it’s the perfect way to add a little luxury and arrive in style.
  • Lux – Lyft Lux is the ultimate luxury ride. Arrive in a black car piloted by a top driver.
  • Lux SUV – Lyft Lux SUV is our most spacious luxury ride. Piloted by a top driver, this black car comfortably seats six passengers.

Vehicle age

Lyft vehicles must be model age 2005 or newer, unless listed below:

Lyft market or state Oldest vehicle year
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) 2007
Ohio: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo 2002
Oregon: Portland 2007
Rhode Island: Providence 2004
Tennessee: Nashville 2004
Texas: Austin & Dallas 2004
Virginia: Virginia Beach 2002
Virginia (all other cities) 2007
Washington: Seattle 2007

Other Needs


  • Engine, suspension, steering, and brakes must be fully functional and safe.
  • If you were asked to fix these, please visit a mechanic and have them perform the appropriate inspection or repair based on the issue with your car. (See our inspection form.) If you’re unsure of the issue that the Mentor or mechanic found with your vehicle, tap ‘Contact Support’ below and we’ll let you know.

Seat belts

  • All seat belts equipped in the vehicle must be functional.
  • There must be at least 5 seat belts, including the driver’s.


All lights need to function:

  • Headlights (Both, high beam and low beam)
  • Turn signals (Both sides, front and rear)
  • Brake lights
  • Reverse lights (Both lights)


Car needs to be free of body damage and dents. Taxis and stretch limousines aren’t allowed on the Lyft platform.


All tires need sufficient tread. If you need to show us your tires are in good condition, please perform a penny test and take a picture of each tire. Tap ‘Contact Support’ below to send the photos as attachments so our team can sign off.


  • Windshield needs to be free of large cracks or any cracks in the driver’s field of vision.
  • Windows need to be functional (roll up and down) and free of cracks.
  • Mirrors need to be free of cracks.


Wipers need to be in good condition and functional.


Horn must function.

Seat adjustment controls

Front seats need to move forward and backward.


Exhaust system needs to be within state standards, lacking modification and excessive wear.

A/C and heat

Air conditioning and heat need to be fully functional.

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