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Lyft's Continuous Criminal Background Checks and Enhanced Identity Verification

Updated: Feb 12

Enhanced Identity Verification

Lyft is announcing today a new, enhanced identity verification process, combining driver's license verification and photographic identity verification to prevent identity fraud on our platform. Potentially fraudulent drivers will be required to provide evidence that they are carrying the approved driver’s license as well as a real-time photo of their face, which will be used to verify that the driver’s identity is authentic.

By expanding its screening solutions through two of the top background check companies in the country, Lyft is further enhancing its ability to detect criminal activity and providing an additional level of safety across the platform.


Enhanced Identity Verification

This enhanced identity verification process will layer onto the variety of security tools we already use to detect early signals of fraud, and such potentially fraudulent drivers will be required to complete this verification process in order to continue driving on our platform.


Together, these actions will layer on top of our already robust security features, which include:


All individuals applying to drive with Lyft must submit a valid driver's license, Social Security number, vehicle insurance, and more.

Certain serious convictions, including for violent crimes and sexual offenses, will result in disqualification from the Lyft platform. We do not allow drivers on our platform whose background check results include: violent crimes, sexual offenses, and other disqualifying felonies.


We have strict driving standards that prohibit drivers who have more than three minor violations in the past three years (like accidents or traffic light violations), a major violation in the past three years (such as driving on a suspended license or reckless driving), a DUI or other drug-related driving violation in the last seven years, or any driving-related convictions in the last seven years (such as hit-and-run or felonies involving a vehicle). These standards may vary slightly in certain regions based on local laws. Driving record checks are re-run at least annually, and any driver who does not pass these checks is deactivated from the platform.




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