Lyft is another popular rideshare company. Lyft is Uber’s primary comparable competition but distinct differences exist between their requirements. In what ways are these two companies similar? How are they different? One similarity between the two companies involves the need for you to research how to be a Lyft driver in your city or state before submitting your application. Minimum age requirements vary around the country for Lyft as they do with Uber. Contact the nearest Lyft office directly or consult the Lyft website at www.lyft.com/driver/cities for more detailed information.
Lyft has similar policies to Uber pursuant to its minimum requirements. Lyft requires proof of age, residency and a criminal background check. The Lyft age requirement policy differs from Uber, however, Lyft requires applicants to be at least twenty-one through twenty-five years old.
The actual minimum age is subject to local age-related ordinances and laws. Several states also have varied minimum driving experience requirements. For example, if you are going to apply for Lyft driver positions in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont or Washington you must have at least one year of driving experience for your application to be processed. Your driving experience must also have been acquired while driving with a valid state-issued driver’s license.
Lyft further requires all its drivers to complete a Community Safety Education program. The program includes behavioral training and guidelines and was designed by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) organization.
If you plan to apply with Lyft you will need to submit certain documentation. Lyft requires proof of a valid U.S. state driver’s license, automobile insurance and vehicle registration. Depending on the city where you apply you might also be required to get your vehicle inspected before Lyft will hire you. A profile picture is also required. Your Lyft profile picture must be focused, centered, well-lit, reveal your entire face and include only you in the image.
The vehicle requirements for Lyft and Uber are alike in some ways and different in others. Both companies require the vehicle you drive (while on the clock) to have four safe and working doors. Uber demands its drivers operate vehicles that are a maximum of twelve years old. Lyft car requirements are varied depending on the city and state where you work. The Lyft automobile requirements are also stricter than those enforced by Uber in certain ways. In Baltimore, Maryland Lyft drivers are required to operate vehicles from 2009 or newer.
In San Francisco, California the requirements are less restrictive. For example, San Francisco Lyft drivers must operate a vehicle from 2001 or newer. Auto insurance is a priority for both Uber and Lyft. Lyft vehicle requirements include the need for drivers to be listed on the insurance policies for the cars they drive. Uber also requires this, whether you are the vehicle owner or not.