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How to Drive in Different Cities

Posted by: RideGuru Team 5 months, 1 week ago


If you are a driver in the U.S. looking for employment, chances are Uber and Lyft are available in your area. One of the advantages of large scale companies such as Uber and Lyft is that they are widely available. Lyft is available in over 300 U.S. cities, and Uber is available across the world, operating in over 700 cities worldwide. For a full list of cities where Uber and Lyft operate check out the Uber and Lyft cities pages.


As a driver for Uber and Lyft, it is also possible to drive in a city different from where you were originally registered to drive in. Here’s how!




In order to drive for Uber in a different city, you need to first view the local driving requirements for your desired city. You can do so by following these instructions, listed on the Uber Help Page:

1. Sign into help.uber.com and navigate to the partner Signing Up help section 
2. In the top right corner of the page, select the city you'd like to drive in. 
3. Navigate to the "Requirements" section in the help menu to review driving requirements for the city you'd like to drive in

After reviewing these requirements, Uber will look over your account and tell you the exact steps you need to take in order to start driving in a new city.

Uber does state that they do not support temporary changes in city, so the change must be semi-permanent.




According to Lyft instructions, when you sign up to be a Lyft driver, you will select a driving region that you will primarily operate. However, you can freely drive across different states in the US without much hassle (given it’s a temporary move).

As an existing Lyft driver, you can view the state license, insurance, and registration requirements through the State & City Driver Information page. As a new Lyft driver, you can view the Driver application requirements for your city that explains the specifics.

If you're making a permanent switch, you will need to send the following information to Lyft Support to initiate the switching process:

  1. Your name, phone number, and email address associated with your Lyft account
  2. The city you currently drive in
  3. The city you'd like to switch to
  4. Your new address
  5. Confirmation that you're ready to drive in your new city. Heads up: You won't be able to drive in your previous city after you switch.



Felicia is a Ride Guru at RideGuru. She recently graduated from Bentley University with a B.S. in Marketing and minor in Computer Information Systems. She is an avid rideshare user who enjoys both domestic and international travel.

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