Of all the questions I get from people who want to become Uber drivers, the most common one is, “Does my car qualify? Can I drive for Uber with my car?” If you want to try driving for Uber with the vehicle you already own, the first step is to find out if your current car meets the requirements of any of the Uber services.
If it looks like your car qualifies, the best next step is to apply to become a driver with my referral link.
The guide below covers the most current Uber vehicle requirements and provides example cars to give you a sense for the kind of car that qualifies for the service. Each Uber market might yreave slightly different requirements that are subject to change, and Uber ultimately holds the right to determine whether you can drive or not.
Use this post as a general guide, and if you think your car qualifies, the next step is to apply to drive. It doesn’t take very long to find out if your car will be accepted.
General Uber vehicle requirements
All Uber services share these requirements:
- Must be 10 years old or newer (model year 2007) – See exceptions below
- Must be a four-door car, truck, or minivan. Manual (standard) transmission is OK
- Must pass a vehicle inspection
- Driver’s full name must be on the insurance for the vehicle
- Driver’s name does NOT have to be on vehicle registration
- Driver must pass a background check (See it here)
Restrictions: Vehicles that don’t qualify for any Uber service
- No full-size vans (Ford Transit, Ford E-Series, GMC Savana)
- No taxis or other marked vehicles. No commercial markings or advertisements
- No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles (salvage title)
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UberX vehicle requirements
UberX is the lowest-cost Uber service that almost any vehicle year 2007 or newer will qualify for. The majority of ride requests in most markets are for UberX rides.
- 10 years old or newer (model year 2007) in most cities
- 2002 (15 years old) is OK in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, and other cities
- Check ubermovement.com for the model year requirement in your city
- Must seat four passengers and contain 4 seat belts
- Four full doors – No center-opening doors like the ones found in Honda Element, Mazda Rx-8,
Example UberX cars: Toyota Prius, Honda Accord, Mazda3 and Mazda6, Toyota Camry and Corolla, Ford Focus, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Ford F-150, Toyota Tacoma, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Cruz, Chevrolet Cobalt, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Passat, Chrysler 300 and 200.
UberXL vehicle requirements
UberXL is the service for larger groups of 5–6 passengers. Fare rates for XL are much higher than X, so you’ll make more money per ride if you drive an XL vehicle.
- Must seat six passengers and contain six seatbelts, not including driver
- 2007 or newer (Or 2002 in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and other cities that are 2002 or newer)
Example UberXL cars: GMC Acadia, Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Ford Explorer, Ford Expedition, Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango, Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Suburban, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Quest, Chevy Traverse
UberSelect vehicle requirements
This service gives riders the option to get a ride in an entry-level luxury vehicle with a leather interior. Formerly known as UberPlus
- Entry-level luxury sedans
- 2009 or newer
- Model year varies. Check ubermovement.com.
- Must seat four passengers, not including driver
- Leather or vinyl interior – no cloth
- Not available in all Uber markets
Example UberSelect cars: Audi A3 and up, BMW 3 Series and up, all Lincolns, Mercedes C-Class and up, Volvo S60, Acura, Cadillac, Hyundai Genesis, all Infinitis.
UberBLACK and UberSUV vehicle requirements
The high-end, high-cost Uber service that has the highest vehicle and driver standards.
- Black on Black in excellent condition: Black paint, black leather interior
- 2012 for SUV and 2013 for Black
- Commercial registration and insurance
- Must have city-specific airport permits (when required)
Example UberBLACK cars: Audi A6 A7 A8, BMW 5 & 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class, Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model S, Jaguar XF and XJ, Cadillac XTS
Example UberSUV cars: Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban, Lincoln Navigator, GMC Yukon XL, Infiniti QX80, Mercedes GL-Class, Lexus LX
- Learn more about Uber Black driver requirements
UberLUX vehicle requirements
A luxury car service that only accepts the top models from luxury brands.
- Full-size luxury vehicle
- 2012 or newer
- Only available in Los Angeles
Example UberLUX cars: Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model S, Range Rover
UberEATS vehicle requirements
UberEATS is an on-demand food delivery service that has lower vehicle requirements. The main difference is that UberEATS cars can have 2 doors, and the model year requirement is much lower. Read more about UberEATS here.
If your car qualifies for more than one service, you’ll get ride requests for each
If you’re signed up with an UberXL vehicle, by default you’ll get requests from both UberX and XL riders unless you ask Uber to only send you XL requests. XL rates are higher than X, but rider demand is usually lower, so most XL drivers choose to receive both X and XL rides.
The same goes for Select: You’ll receive UberX requests unless you ask not to.
Your car can become too old for Uber, even if you’re already driving
Uber updates their model year requirements once each year, so it’s possible for your car to age out of Uber’s system. If that happens, you’ll need to get a new car. Uber calls is ‘vehicle transitioning,’ a fancy way of saying your car is now too old for Uber. Read more about what happens when your car becomes too old for Uber.
Does your car qualify for Uber?
Ultimately, the only way to find out if your particular car qualifies is to apply to become a driver. After you let Uber know what kind of car you have and provide basic personal information, you’ll be told if you should move forward to complete the $20 vehicle inspection. If you pass the vehicle inspection and the background check, you’ll be cleared to drive.
What to do if you need a car to drive for Uber
If you don’t currently have access to a car that qualifies for Uber, there are several options that many other Uber drivers use to get access to qualifying cars. I wrote a detailed guide about buying, renting, and leasing cars for Uber, but in summary these are your options:
- Buy a car, preferably an affordable used car
- Lease a car through Uber Xchange
- Rent a car through Hyrecar. This is the best option if you want to try Uber without committing to buying a car
- Rent a car through Uber’s partnerships with Hertz and Enterprise
If you want to buy a car for Uber, start by looking here:
- 1-800 Auto Yes - One-step application process
- Automotive.com - Shop for cars and loans
- myAutoloan.com - A fast way to see which types of auto loans you qualify for