I’ve spoken to a lot of younger people in this dilemma: You have a car, insurance, and years of driving experience, but you’re just too young to drive for Uber. You want the flexibility and the pay of an on-demand driving job like Uber or Lyft, but you’re not 21 years old. You may have even tried applying even though you were too young, only to find out that Uber and Lyft won’t bend their rules for you. What can you do if you want to start working now?
There are other on-demand driving jobs very similar to Uber and Lyft that you can do when you’re too young for Uber and Lyft: DoorDash, Postmates, and UberEATS.
The problem: Uber and Lyft require you to be 21 years or older
Both the Uber and Lyft driver requirements state that you must be 21 years or older to be eligible to drive, along with one full year of US licensing history. The minimum age requirement disqualifies a lot of people who are willing and able to work for Uber and Lyft.
And to add to the problem, you may not have enough driving experience if you’re 21
Even if you’re 21, you may not have enough driving experience to qualify for Uber. If you’re 23, you need at least 3 years of driving experience to qualify. Here’s more detail about driver requirements:
Is there a way around the age requirement? Will Uber or Lyft bend the rules for you?
No. I’ve heard from several readers who are under 21 and asked Uber and Lyft to make an exception to the age requirement. It never works. Neither company will bend the rules for you, so it’s best to move on and try another job because going back and forth with Uber support can take weeks.
If you’re too young for Uber, these services are similar and hire 18 and 19-year-olds
If you’re 18 or 19 and have a car, insurance, and one full year of clean licensing history, there’s good news: These three services hire 18- and 19-year-olds, and they are very flexible, on-demand work.
- DoorDash — Hires drivers 18 years and older. Any working car qualifies. Read more about driving for DoorDash
- Postmates — Hires drivers 18 years and older. Any working car qualifies. Read more about driving for Postmates
- UberEATS — Hires drivers 19 years and older. May be a vehicle year requirement of 1996 or newer. Read more about driving for UberEATS
- Deliv — Hires 18 and older with one year of driving experience. Read more about Deliv
- Pizza delivery — Hires even younger than 18 years in some cases. Check out my post comparing driving jobs
What if you’re not old enough AND you don’t have a car or licensing history?
Some of you out there might want to work for delivery apps, but you don’t have a car or you haven’t had your license for one full year. If that’s the case, try looking into bicycle delivery for the apps listed above. Typically these companies only run bike deliveries in dense urban areas like San Francisco, Boston, or NYC, so you’ll need to email each company’s support to see if you can do delivery on a bike in your city.