If you have some free time on your hands, are looking to supplement your income at a job where you make your own hours, and like driving and meeting new people, then why not join Lyft's fleet? If you have a car, proper vehicle licensing and insurance, and an Android or Apple smart phone, then it's likely that you can become a Lyft driver. Our article below will describe the requirements to become a Lyft driver, what you’ll need to do to start the process, and how much you can make driving for Lyft.
On average, Lyft drivers earn around $20 per hour, and some earn up to $35 per hour. Lyft drivers are paid based on each ride that they fulfill, pocketing about 75-80% of each fare (Lyft gets the other 20-25%, depending on when the driver joined Lyft). Lyft drivers also keep 100% of all tips they make.
There are some additional components of the Lyft pay scale, including Lyft “Prime Time” pricing. As we explained in our article on how much Lyft costs, "Prime Time" pricing is a temporary percentage-based price increase for Lyft fares when there is high demand for Lyft rides in an area, but not many Lyft drivers available there. Since the amount of money that Lyft drivers earn is largely based on the cost of fares, "Prime Time" pricing encourages them to get out on the road and fulfill ride requests while fares are costlier, which in turn earns them more money.
Lyft also offers a “Power Driver Bonus” for frequent drivers with an acceptance rate of 90% or greater, which increases their earnings by up to 20%. In New York, Lyft collects an additional 11.4% administrative charge off of each fare, so Lyft drivers there pocket about 64-69% of their fares.
You can also use Lyft’s free online tool to determine how much money you can make driving for Lyft, depending on which city you will be driving in.
Go to www.lyft.com in your web browser, and click the Drive with Lyft button on the purple banner. You can also simply visit www.lyft.com/drive-with-lyft.
From here, click in each of the highlighted boxes here and type in:
Make sure that you click the check box to agree to Lyft’s terms of service, and then click the purple Become a Driver button.
From this screen, you can also check on the status of your application in progress. Just click Check the Status of Your Application Here below the Become a Driver button.
(HINT: For the next step, make sure that you have the Lyft app already on your phone.)
Lyft will send an SMS text message to your mobile phone in order to verify the information that you entered. When you get the message, click the box labelled "Enter Code Here" and type in the code that you were sent. Then tap Verify. You must have a working Android or Apple smart phone for this to work.
The next step requires you to fill out your vehicle information, all of which can be selected from the drop-down menus provided. Select the year, make, model, number of doors, and color of your vehicle, and click Continue.
On the next page, enter your personal information so that Lyft can verify your identity. Your name, Social Security Number, and date of birth are required, as are your driver’s license number, state of issue, and expiration date. You must then click a check box to verify you have had your driver’s license for more than one year. Finally, enter your residential address, and then click Continue.
The next step is to complete two background checks -- one with the DMV which Lyft will do based on the information that you have provided. This usually takes a few days, and you will be notified by Lyft whether you pass or fail.
You will likely fail the DMV background check if you have had more than three minor traffic violations (e.g. accidents or traffic light violations) or any major traffic violations (e.g. having a suspended license or reckless driving) within the past three years. You also cannot have had any DUIs, drug-related violations, or felonies within the past seven years.
You will likely fail the criminal background check if you have ever been convicted of a felony, violent crime, theft, sexual offence, drug-related offence, or property damage incident.
The final step is a “Mentor Session,” which requires you to meet with an experienced Lyft driver. During this session, you will need to pass a 19-point vehicle inspection and take a practice ride with your mentor. You will also be able to ask any questions that you may have about working for Lyft. Your mentor will report back to Lyft, and if this session goes well (and you have passed all previous requirements), you will likely be hired by Lyft.
You can check on the status of your application -- or continue working on it -- at any time by following these steps up to the point that you have currently completed. Feel free to contact Lyft support if you have questions about the process, or if your background check takes more than ten days. Go to www.help.lyft.com to find FAQs, or press the Contact Support button to email a question.
When driving for Lyft, you get to be your own boss, make your own hours, and drive as much as you want. You also get to keep any tips that you make, so if you have a good attitude and love meeting new people, you could earn a lot of money driving for Lyft. Visit www.lyft.com if you think that you can be a Lyft driver!
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