If you’re thinking about driving for Uber, you might be wondering what the requirements are and whether you’ll get hired if you apply. Uber doesn’t give you too much information about the requirements before you apply, so might feel like you don’t have enough information to move forward with your application to become a driver. In this post you’ll learn the Uber driver requirements so you can find out right now if you can apply and qualify.
This post covers the Uber driver requirements for the non-commercial Uber services like X, XL, and Select. Learn the differences between the Uber services. Those services allow drivers without a commercial license or commercial insurance to use personal vehicles to give rides. Drivers for Uber Black and Uber SUV have a different set of qualifications that you can read in this post about UberBlack driver requirements.
Most of the requirements are straightforward, but some aren’t. Other than the self-explanatory age requirement, there are a few extra details you need to know about each of the driver requirements.
Uber Driver Requirements
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- You must be at least 21 years old
- Have access to a 4-door car that is model year 2007 or newer in most cities
- 2002 or newer: Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco
- 2011 or newer: New York
- Check help.uber.com for your city’s model year requirement, or type in uber.com/drive/*yourcity*
- In-state auto insurance with your name on the policy
- In-state driver license
- Licensed in the US for at least one year, or three years if you’re under 23
- You must have a social security number
- In-state plates with current registration (commercial plates are acceptable as well)
- Pass a background check and a driving record check
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More about the Uber vehicle requirements
In general, Uber accepts vehicles 2007 or newer, but many cities have a different requirement. To find the exact model year info for your city, go to “uber.com/drive/*thenameofyourcity*” For example, uber.com/drive/los-angeles leads to an LA-specific page that lists the vehicle requirements for that city. If that doesn’t work, try googling “drive for uber in *your city*” and look for the best result from Uber.com.
Your car must have 4 doors. 2-door vehicles are never accepted. Uber won’t make an exception even if you have a cool sports car.
Salvage title and ‘restored’ vehicles are not accepted.
If you don’t currently have access to a vehicle that’s Uber approved, you can apply to drive first and get access to the car later by clicking “I need a car” on the uber driver application. You’ll go through the background and driving record check, and once you’re approved to drive you can buy, rent, or a lease a car.
Hyrecar, a peer-to-peer rental service, is a good way to see if Uber will work for you without having to buy a car or commit to a long-term lease.
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Your car must pass an Uber vehicle inspection
Before you start driving for Uber you’ll need to have your car inspected either at an Uber-approved auto shop or at an Uber activation center in your area. The inspection is free if you get your inspection done at an activation center, and around $20 if you do it at an auto repair shop. The inspection covers basic mechanical and safety features of your car like the status of your tires, brakes, lights, and seat belts.
Uber vehicle registration and insurance requirements
- You must provide a photo of the vehicle’s registration even if the car isn’t registered in your name
- Your name must be listed on the vehicle’s insurance card or insurance declaration page
- Your insurance must be in-state. There are some exceptions for markets near the border of two states
It’s very common and legal to drive a car that is not registered in your name as long as you’re insured to drive that car. You can drive for Uber even if the vehicle you’re using isn’t registered in your name — just make sure your name is on the insurance policy declaration.
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You must have an in-state driver license, licensed to drive in the US for at least one year
Uber requires you to be licensed to drive in the US for at least one consecutive year, past or present. Your one year of driving experience does not have to be in the state you currently live in. If you are under 23, you need three years of driving experience.
For example, if you drove in Florida for five years and moved to California six months ago, you meet the driving experience requirement as long as you carry a California license.
Another example: You drove for many years, but you chose not to renew your license several years ago. You’ve decided to renew your license and drive for Uber. Do you qualify? Yes, if you reactivate your license. Uber will see that your motor vehicle record shows many years of driving experience, so as long as you reactivate your license and get insurance, you qualify.
Uber doesn’t count international driving experience, so even if you’ve driven internationally for many years, you still need to have a US license for at least one year.
In-state license plates with current registration
You need to have up-to-date registration tags for the state you plan to drive in, along with in-state license plates. There are some exceptions for cities in markets that lie on the border with another state.
Pass a background check and driving record check
Uber contracts with a company called Checkr to run a thorough background and driving record check that looks back around 7 years into your history. Have a few speeding tickets over the years? You’ll probably be fine as long as you don’t have a major accident or serious moving violations. DUI, DWI, or a criminal history? You’ll likely be rejected.
Does Uber drug test drivers? No, Uber does not require drivers to take a drug test.
Other documents Uber sends to you
Uber may send other documents for you to read and sign. The documents are different in other states, so keep an eye on your emails and your Partner dashboard to see if there are any documents you need to sign.
What is the process to become an Uber driver? What are the steps?
The first thing you need to do to drive for Uber is complete the driver application and create an Uber account. Then, you consent to background screening. Next you’ll need to upload a picture of your driver’s license, and if already you have a vehicle, you upload
- Complete the driver application
- Consent to background screening and wait for results
- Upload vehicle insurance and registration details
- Contact Uber if you get stuck or have questions
Most applicants start to get confused or impatient during the background screening step because it can take up to 10 days. If it hasn’t been 10 days yet, sit tight and wait for an answer from Uber. Sign into your account and check your status each day.
How much do Uber drivers make?
After accounting for vehicle expenses, you can expect to make around $10 – $20/hour. Income can vary quite a bit based on your location, the day of the week, and the time of day. Most drivers maximize their income by driving on different days and times and seeing what works best.