If you’re thinking about applying to drive for Uber, you might find that it’s not easy to get detailed information about the driver requirements.
This guide provides all of the necessary details about the Uber driver requirements, so you can be confident that you are eligible to get started as a driver.
Summary: To qualify for Uber, you must be 21 or older, pass a background screening, and have access to a 4-door vehicle
- Uber Driver Requirements
- Vehicle Requirements
- Vehicle Inspection
- Insurance & Registration Requirements
- Age and Driver’s 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
- Vehicle age: 15 years old (10 or less in some cities)
- Visit this page to see eligible vehicles in your city
- 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)
- Sign up to drive here!
See if your vehicle qualifies for Uber
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More about Uber vehicle requirements
Uber generally accepts vehicles that are 15 years old or newer, but local regulations in some cities may require a newer vehicle.
The vehicle must have 4 doors and at least 5 seatbelts. You can use a 2-door for Uber Eats deliveries, but you need a 4-door to drive passengers.
Use this vehicle search tool to see which vehicles are eligible in your city.
Uber never accepts vehicles that are older than the model year requirement even if the vehicle is in great condition.
Uber will not accept vehicles with a salvage title or ‘restored’ title.
Full vehicle details here: Uber vehicle requirements: Does your car qualify?
Use Uber’s vehicle search tool to see vehicle requirements in your city
The vehicle search tool at Uber.com will show you which vehicles are eligible in your city.
You can see a full list of vehicles, the oldest model year allowed, and all of the Uber services that each vehicle qualifies for.
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
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.
After you apply, Uber will link you to any Uber inspection facilities in your area or give you further instructions on how to get an inspection from an independent shop.
The inspection may be free or low cost at an Uber inspection location, or around $30 if you have it done at an auto repair shop.
The inspection looks at the 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
- Get an inspection via video chat with RideShare Mechanic:
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 during the application process to find out when you need to have your vehicle inspected.
Vehicle insurance & registration requirements
You must upload photos or PDF copies of your auto insurance card and the vehicle’s license plate or registration card.
The vehicle you use to drive for Uber does not need to be registered in your name, but you must be a named driver on the insurance card or insurance policy declaration.
- Insurance: Your name must be listed on the vehicle’s insurance card or insurance declaration page
- Registration: You must provide a photo of the vehicle’s license plates or registration card. Your name does not need to be on the registration card
Can you use temporary registration (paper plates)?
Uber accepts temporary registration documents in most cities, but you may run into problems getting it approved by Uber support.
You may need to visit an Uber hub if you aren’t able to use your temporary documents.
Personal auto insurance coverage requirements
When you apply to drive, you will have to upload proof of personal auto insurance coverage that meets your state minimum requirements.
Uber does not require that you have a rideshare-friendly auto insurance policy, but many personal policies won’t cover you if they find out that you are driving for Uber.
To protect yourself from any gaps in your coverage, you should shop for a rideshare-friendly policy.
You may find that rideshare policies are available as add-ons for an extra charge of only $25 per month or so.
Uber provides auto insurance coverage for drivers
Uber provides auto insurance for drivers, but the coverage varies depending on different driving scenarios.
- App is turned off: Uber provides no insurance. Your personal policy covers you
- App is on and you aren’t matched with a passenger: Uber provides limited liability insurance
- Matched with a passenger and up until drop off: Uber offers a $1 million liability policy and contingent collision coverage
What is the collision insurance deductible for Uber?
Uber provides contingent collision coverage with a deductible of $2,500.
Continent coverage means that you only receive collision coverage if you also maintain collision coverage on your personal policy.
Contingent collision coverage is offered at the moment you are matched with a passenger, all the way until you drop them off.
More about driver’s license requirements and age requirements
You must be 21 years old or older to qualify for Uber, and you must have at least one full year of license history in the US.
Drivers under age 23 must have three years of licensing history. Your driving experience does not have to be from the state you are trying to drive 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 might 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 license number, or a motor vehicle report (MVR) issued by the DMV.
More about the background check and driving record check
Uber contracts with a company called Checkr to run a thorough background and driving record check on each applicant.
Uber screens for criminal activity. To qualify, you must have no serious criminal convictions or pending cases.
Uber mentions felony convictions, violent crimes, and sexual offenses as examples of criminal background issues that will disqualify you from driving.
For your driving record, 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.
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 for your car, or a different vehicle inspection process.
Uber will let you know about special local requirements during the application process.
Steps to become an Uber driver: The process from beginning to end
- Complete the driver application in the Uber driver app or at uber.com
- Upload all requested vehicle documents
- 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
You can check the status of your application by signing into the Uber driver app.
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 share documents with Uber is to take a picture of the document with your smartphone and upload it using the Uber driver app. 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.
How to apply 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.
In some cities, the ride request will tell you upfront how much the ride pays and your passenger’s destination.
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.
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Can you use a Chevy volt hybrid 2014 but only 2 seat belts in the back.
No. You’ll need to be able to seat 4 passengers, not including yourself. So that model of Volt doesn’t qualify.
How many years experienced are required for uber?
You need one year of drivers license history. You do not need any relevant work experience.
my car has really small cosmetic damage: the front left running light got pulled off by a truck bumper in a parking lot and the rubber bump guards on two of the doors have come off. Does that disqualify the car? No other dents or damage and the interior is still in great condition.
I think the missing running light might catch the inspector’s eye. Try to find a free inspection center, so it won’t cost you anything if you don’t pass.
Thinking about applying but I have an accident on my record but i was not at fault. Will that hinder being able to drive for uber?
One accident won’t necessarily disqualify you, so you should give it a try.
I passed my driving test 2 weeks ago but I had my learner’s permit more than a year. Would I qualify or not? Thanks
No, only the full license experience counts
New York State Human Rights Law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of criminal history. How are Uber and Lyft able to use this as a basis for employment in NY?
I’m not sure.
I have one ticket for making a left turn. That wasnt permitted..do i still qualify as a uber driver? i went to court for that already
If it was in the last few years you may be disqualified. The only way to find out for sure is to apply.