Lyft launches in 8 Iowa cities, but one report outlines an obstacle

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Lyft has come to Iowa, bringing its ride-hailing service to eight Iowa cities.

Even with the launch, The Des Moines Register reported the company may have hit an obstacle.

In order to legally operate in Iowa, Lyft needs to register with the Iowa Department of Transportation, a DOT spokeswoman told the Register.

“(Lyft officials) would have to submit a registration that we could review and, assuming everything is in line, give them conditional approval to operate,” the spokeswoman told the Register. “Since they haven’t submitted a registration, we cannot begin that process.”

The company said Thursday it is expanding into 54 new cities.

It’s website now lists it’s service is available in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Ames, Iowa City, Davenport, Dubuque, Sioux City and Waterloo.