TCP Driver Registration
There are changes for Lyft drivers who do airport pickups at SFO. This change primarily impacts livery drivers who hold a TCP license.
Regulations have been changing for curbside pickups at SFO. Only airport-approved drivers with a TCP license will be able to pick up riders curbside at SFO airport. All non-TCP certified drivers will pick-up riders at designated lots. This does not impact passenger drop-offs at the airport.
What is TCP/livery? What does TCP stand for?
TCP stands for Transportation Charter Party (TCP) and a TCP certificate is needed for charter vehicles to operate legally in the state of California. You will sometimes hear TCP eligible drivers called “Livery drivers” or “Professional drivers.” TCPs are issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Learn more here.
How do I know if I’m eligible for curbside pickups?
First, drivers must meet the driver rating and vehicle requirements for Lux Black & Lux Black XL.
If you are already Lux Black or Lux Black XL eligible, you will then need to provide proof of commercial licensing and registration (TCP) for at least one vehicle on Lyft’s platform. Additionally, to provide TCP services at SFO, you will need a non-exclusive license agreement with the airport. Click here for more information.
At this time, only TCP owners meeting all of these requirements will be eligible for curbside pickups.
I’m a Lux Black or Lux Black XL driver but not TCP certified, so can I still do curbside airport pickups?
If you do not have a TCP license but are eligible to give Lux Black and/or Lux Black XL rides, your eligibility to give these rides will remain the same outside of airport pickups.
You will only be eligible to give Lux rides and other ride types you are eligible for (e.g. Lyft XL, Classic, Shared) but will not be able to give Lux Black or Lux Black XL rides at the airport. All non-TCP certified drivers will be directed to the appropriate pickup location.
If you want to get airport rides, be sure that you have selected ‘All eligible ride types’ or ‘Premium rides only’ in your driver app in the ‘Vehicles’ tab.
What is the difference between TCP owner vs. operator?
A TCP owner owns and drives their own commercially registered vehicle. A TCP operator maintains a fleet of commercially registered vehicles that they can rent out to TCP certified drivers.
Lyft can currently only confirm eligibility of TCP owners. We are unable to add commercial fleet operators to the Lyft platform at this time.
How do I apply for a TCP license?
To apply for a TCP number, you need to follow the steps outlined by the California Public Utilities Commission. This includes a number of requirements and fees. Learn more here.
Prior to filling out an application packet with the CPUC, you will need to complete additional paperwork with the California Secretary of State's office, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
Additionally, to provide TCP services at SFO, you will also need a permit issued by the airport. Click here for more information.
What if I’m currently not a Lyft driver, but I have a TCP license and want to apply?
- Apply to drive with Lyft
- Once you’ve started your application, fill out the form below and we will be in touch to confirm your TCP eligibility
I’m an approved driver with Lyft, how do I confirm my TCP eligibility?
- Fill out the form below
- A member of the Lyft team will be in touch to confirm your TCP eligibility