[UPDATE: please note that Uber and Lyft are now allowed to cross the Stateline freely and you can use the services from either CA or NV. Check out our updated post here: Getting Around South Lake Tahoe]
Uber finally worked its way up to South Lake Tahoe and crept over the state line to Nevada. Not a small feat considering the many (namely taxi drivers) who opposed Uber’s presence. If you’re an avid Uber user and plan to use the service while visiting South Lake Tahoe, there is one major tip you should know. While the ridesharing companies, Lyft and Uber have been approved and operating in Nevada since September of 2015, it’s just not as easy going between California and Nevada in South Lake Tahoe.
In order to operate as an Uber or Lyft driver, you must have a driver’s license registered to the state in which you drive. Sounds reasonable right? Well, if you’re staying in California and planning a night at the casinos just over the state line, you’ll need to plan your trip accordingly, as your California Driver can only take you to the state line. Likewise, your Nevada driver can only take you to the Nevada state border and you’re on your own from there. Taxi’s on the other hand, will be able to get you from point A to point B regardless of state lines.
So for your next trip to South Lake, remember to have your rides planned out and if you’re traveling between California and Nevada, pink your ride accordingly.