How to become a Bolt driver in Nigeria?

January 10, 2019

No schedule, no boss, good pay. Are you in it to earn extra money besides your 9-5 or make money driving just a few hours on a weekly basis? Or maybe you want to become a full-time Bolt driver earning approximately N100,000 a week? Read this to know all you need to hit the streets in only a few days.

Becoming a driver in just a few days

For starters, every Bolt driver in Nigeria must meet a minimum age requirement and possess some valid documents. Necessities  include:

  • A valid driver’s license (more info here)
  • Insurance (Bolt cover, more info here)
  • A smartphone with GPS (more info here)
  • A vehicle: not older than 13 years, 4 doors, fully functional AC
  • Clean criminal record

If these are covered, then all it takes to join is signing up. After registering your details (which you can do in under 5 minutes), you will receive an email with all the necessary information about upcoming trainings and information about getting your documents inspected.

Once the vehicle has been inspected and certified by any of our registered inspection centers, you move on to the training stage. Trainings are held in the Bolt office. Alternatively, if you’re in Lagos, you can go through the training from the comfort of your own home – you would need to take the training remotely and subsequently pass a quick 10 minute test. Don’t worry, you’ll get all the answers from the video training.

Following your training, It usually takes between 1-3 days to get your account ready, so you can hit the streets in no time!

Download Bolt Driver app and pick up your first passenger

First, you will need to download the Taxify Driver app on your smart device (Android, iOS). To start using the app, log in with your chosen username and password. You will receive your login details directly to your email after your driver application has been approved.

Using the app is easy:


  • Swipe right to go online and set your driving radius
  • When you get a ride request, you will instantly see the pickup address, the distance to the passenger and the estimated time of arrival
  • Swipe right to accept the request – you have 20 seconds to do so
  • When you have reached the pickup point, swipe right to notify the passenger that you have arrived

If your rider is not with you 4-5 minutes after reaching their pickup point, call them. You can find the option to call the passenger when you click on the three stripes in the upper right corner. If they don’t pick up, you can cancel the ride after 5 minutes. While this scenario of a rider not showing up is more the exception than the rule, your activity score won’t be affected if you mark “client did not show” as the reason for cancellation.

When you reach the set destination, swipe right to end the ride and wish your passenger a good day. Politeness is key in keeping your riders happy and ratings high. You can read more about improving your ratings here.

Getting paid

Customers pay for Taxify services in two ways – in cash or via card. Cash payments go directly to the driver while card payments reflect in your ending balance and are remitted at the start of each week.

If you are eligible to receive a payout, we will send the funds out during the first half of the week. Depending on your bank’s processing time, the funds should take between 1-2 business days to reflect in your account.

On average, Taxify drivers in Nigeria earn around N200,000 each month.

Any extra costs?

No monthly or hidden fees – Taxify only takes 15% commission on each trip, meaning that you get to keep 85% on every trip. If you want to get more detailed information, please contact us at

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