If you’re thinking about driving for Uber, you might find that it’s not easy to get detailed information about the driver requirements. Uber’s website only offers brief, unclear descriptions of requirements that aren’t always easy to understand.
Do you qualify to drive? This guide gives you all of the necessary details about the Uber driver requirements, so you can be more confident that Uber will accept you as a driver.
- Uber Driver Requirements
- Uber Vehicle Requirements
- The Vehicle Inspection
- Registration and Insurance Requirements
- Age and License Requirements
- Background Check and Driving Record Check
Uber Driver Requirements
- You must be at least 21 years old
- Licensed to drive in the US for at least one year, or three years if you’re under age 23
- Have access to a 4-door vehicle with at least 5 seatbelts
- Model year requirement varies: 10 – 15 years old
- Find for your city’s model year requirement at help.uber.com. Search for ‘vehicle requirements’
- Auto insurance with your name on the policy
- Valid driver’s license
- License plates with current registration
- Pass a background check and a driving record check
- Must provide social security number (SSN)
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More about the Uber Vehicle Requirements
Uber generally accepts vehicles that are 10 years old or newer, but many cities have different model year requirements. The vehicle must have 4 doors and 5 seatbelts. 2-door vehicles are not accepted. Vehicles older than the model year requirement are never accepted even if the vehicle is in great condition.
Uber does not accept vehicles with a salvage title or ‘restored’ title.
Full vehicle details here: Uber vehicle requirements: Does your car qualify?
How to find the exact model year requirement for your city
Go to help.uber.com and input your city in the upper right corner. Search for ‘vehicle requirements’ to find an article that lists the requirements for the city you entered.
You can also try a Google search that limits the results the results to official uber.com pages. Try something like “Los angeles vehicle requirements site:uber.com.”
How to apply without a car: If you don’t currently have access to a vehicle that qualifies for Uber, you can apply to drive first and get access to a car later. To apply without a car, visit the Uber driver application and select the “I need a car” option. That way, you can go through the background screening process, and if you’re approved to drive you can figure out how to access a car.
- How to Rent a Car for Uber
- Try HyreCar, a peer-to-peer vehicle rental service. We may receive a commission for referring you
More about the Uber Vehicle Inspection
To ensure that your vehicle is safe for passengers, your vehicle will have to undergo an inspection at an Uber activation center or at a state-licensed auto repair facility. The inspection may be free or low cost at an Uber activation center, or around $30 if you have it done at an auto repair shop. The inspection looks at mechanical and safety features of your car, such as the condition of your tires, brakes, lights, and seat belts.
- How to pass the Uber vehicle inspection, and how to find an Uber activation center
- The Uber inspection form (PDF) – See what the inspection covers
- RideShare Mechanic offers Uber & Lyft inspections via video chat. We may receive a commission for referring you.
Note: Not every city requires a vehicle inspection before you start driving. Some cities have a grace period (around 30 days) before you need to have your vehicle inspected. Follow instructions from Uber closely during the application process to find out when you need to have your vehicle inspected.
Vehicle Registration and Insurance Requirements
You must provide photos of your vehicle’s license plate, and your auto insurance card. The vehicle you use to drive for Uber does not need to be registered in your name, but your name must be on the insurance card or insurance policy declaration.
- You must provide a photo of the vehicle’s license plates showing up to date registration tags
- Your name must be listed on the vehicle’s insurance card or insurance declaration page
Can you use temporary registration documents? Yes, but not always. Many drivers report that Uber accepts temporary registration documents, but other drivers report having issues getting temporary documents accepted by Uber. You may need to visit an Uber hub if you aren’t able to use your temporary documents.
How much insurance coverage does Uber require? Your personal insurance coverage must meet the state minimum. Most personal auto insurance carriers don’t cover rideshare activity, so you should look for a rideshare-friendly policy to make sure you have no gaps in your coverage. Do a Google search for ‘rideshare insurance’ to find a carrier that covers rideshare. You may find that rideshare policies are available as add-ons for a reasonable extra charge of around $25 per month.
What kind of insurance coverage does Uber provide? Uber provides insurance for drivers, but the coverage varies depending on different driving scenarios. When the app is turned off, Uber provides no insurance. When the app is on and you aren’t matched with a passenger, they provide limited liability insurance. When you are matched with a passenger and all the way up until you drop them off, Uber offers a $1 million liability policy and collision coverage with a $1,000 deductible.
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More about Driver Age and License Requirements
Uber requires all drivers to be 21 years old or or older. Drivers must be licensed to drive in the US for at least one full year. Drivers under age 23 must have three years of licensing history. The one year of driving experience does not have to be from the state you currently live in.
Uber does not count international driving experience. Even if you’ve driven internationally for many years, Uber still requires that you have a US license for at least one full year.
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You may need to submit proof of licensing history if your license was recently issued. Uber may ask you to send additional documents if they need more info about your licensing history. You can submit a previous driver’s license, previous driver’s liencse number, or a motor vehicle report (MVR) issued by the DMV.
More about the Background Check and Driving Record Check
Covid-19 Update: Many applicants and drivers are experiencing long background check wait times because courthouses and DMVs are experiencing closures due to Covid-19.
Uber contracts with a company called Checkr to run a thorough background and driving record check. The background check generally looks back around 7 years into your history, but the number of years they look back may vary due to state and local regulations.
Generally, Uber is looking for no major driving violations (driving with a suspended license, DUI), and no more than 3 minor violations (speeding tickets, minor moving violations) in the past several years. Uber also screens for criminal activity, so if you have any criminal issues on your record, there’s a chance you’ll be rejected.
- Will You Pass the Uber Background Check? – Read the full criteria
- Rejected By Uber: Can You Reapply?
Does Uber drug test drivers? No, Uber does not require drivers to take a drug test.
Does Uber do a credit history check? No, Uber does not perform a credit check.
Uber’s Terms of Service and Other Policies
Uber will send you a terms of service and other documents that you need to read and agree to before you can be activated as a driver. The documents you have to sign may be different depending on the state you’re in, so keep an eye on your driver app to see if there are any documents you need to sign.
Other Local Requirements
Some cities require Uber drivers to comply with special regulations and requirements. Local requirements could be a business license, a special placard, or a different vehicle inspection process. Uber will let you know about special local requirements during the application process, or you can visit help.uber.com for more info.
Steps to Become an Uber Driver: The Process from Beginning to End
- Complete the online driver application
- Use partners.uber.com or the Uber Driver app to upload vehicle details: Insurance, registration
- Consent to background screening and wait for Uber’s decision – Takes up to 10 days
- Once activated, you will be able to enable driver mode in the Uber Driver app
- Contact Uber if you get stuck or have questions
To check the status of your application, sign into the driver app or partners.uber.com and check for an account status. If more than 10 days have gone by since you began the background screening process, contact Uber to ask for an update.
How to send documents to Uber
The best way to send documents to Uber is to take a picture of the document with your smartphone and upload it using the Uber app or partners.uber.com. Make sure the image is clear, with strong lighting and all text in focus. You can also upload a PDF version of the document, which may be useful if you have a PDF copy of your insurance card or registration.
Applying at an in-person Hub
In many cities, Uber has in-person offices and support hubs where drivers can apply to drive, or get help with issues. If you’re having trouble applying online or if you’d prefer to apply in-person, learn how to find an in-person Uber office.
How do you start giving rides?
Once your Uber account is active, you’ll be able to log into the Uber Driver app and turn on driver mode. Ride requests will appear on the screen and you’ll have the option to accept or reject them. After you accept a request, navigate to your passenger’s location. Pick them up, then follow the navigation to their drop off location.
Uber offers some in-app training that will show you how to accept a ride request, how to navigate to the passenger, and how to correctly perform a ride. There are other details about the Uber driver app you may want to know, so I recommend reading the article linked below.