How To Be A Lyft Driver
Driving for Lyft is a fun and rewarding experience that will entertain you, help you meet new people, and earn extra money. The best part? You can work whenever you want! In this article I will give you a brief overview of driving for Lyft, how to be a Lyft driver, and some brief experiences that I have had working for the company.
Signing up to be a Lyft driver is easy, and only takes a few minutes. Just follow the steps and you will be well on your way to turning your car into a cash machine!
How To Apply
Step 1 – Click this link to begin the application process.
Step 2 – Enter your information in the box, then click the “become a driver” button
Step 3 – Enter the verification code that Lyft will send to your phone
Step 4 – Once that is completed, just sit back and wait for Lyft to contact you. They will usually contact you one business day after applying.
Additional information to know before signing up
These are common questions people ask before signing up. If you are still on the fence, read my Lyft driver review, which details my experiences driving for Lyft! Still have questions? Leave them in the comments below and I will answer them right away!
What is Lyft?
Lyft is a smartphone app that matches drivers with passengers who request rides. The passengers pay directly through the app, which charges a credit card on file for that passenger. Lyft also provides drivers with additional insurance, including a one million dollar liability insurance policy which applies in addition to the driver’s personal vehicle insurance policy, and is active once a driver is matched with a passenger.
How do drivers get paid?
Drivers are paid an 80% commission on every rider fare, which gets paid out weekly via direct deposit transfer into a bank account. Riders have the option to tip the driver, which many do if they enjoyed the ride and felt safe and comfortable during it. This can add up to $50 a week, which is a nice addition to the already great money that you are making when driving.
What type of passengers will I be picking up?
Most of the Lyft passengers are really fun and nice. They are down to earth individuals who like technology and keep up with common trends. If you drive during the week you will likely pick up business people, working professionals, and people that are having car issues. If you drive on the weekends, you will likely pick up lots of drunk people. And I mean LOTS. Most of the people I have picked up are pretty funny and cool, and are just looking to have a good time. There is occasionally a bad egg, but this is to be expected once in a while. Just get them where you need to go and keep driving.
What are Lyft’s requirements?
Straight from the Lyft website: “You must be at least 21 and own an iPhone or Android phone. As part of our approval process, you’ll undergo a DMV check, plus a national and county background check. This will require a Social Security number, in addition to an in-state driver’s license that is at least a year old. Learn more about our background check standards on our Safety page, and our comprehensive driver requirements in the Help Center.
Your car needs to have four external door handles and at least five total seat belts. You must be a covered party on your car’s in-state insurance, and have in-state license plates. We’ll confirm all of this during your 19-point vehicle inspection. Cars have Lyft age requirements too, which can vary by state. See your state-specific requirements.”
Can I rate passengers?
Absolutely! Lyft does a great job of keeping drivers and passengers accountable through their rating system. At the end of each ride, drivers can rate their passengers anywhere from one to five stars. If you rate them below three stars, you will never be matched with them again. However, if you rate them high, you will most likely run into them again somewhere down the road!