Of all the questions I get from people who want to become Uber drivers, the most common one is, “Can I drive for Uber with my car? Does my car qualify? ” 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 to get best new-driver bonus available in your area. I may receive a commission for referring you.
This page covers the most current Uber vehicle requirements and provides example cars to give you a sense for the kind of cars that qualify for each of the various Uber services. It’s important to note that each Uber market might have slightly different requirements that are subject to change, and Uber ultimately holds the right to determine whether you can drive or not.
Uber vehicle requirements
- Vehicle must be 10 years old or newer (model year 2007) – Varies city to city. See how to find the exactly model year in your city
- Must be a four-door car, truck, or minivan. Manual (standard) transmission is OK
- Vehicle must have seating and seatbelts for 4 passengers, not including the driver
- Must pass a mechanical 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 and driving record 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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This post is a general guide to introduce you to Uber’s vehicle requirements. 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.
Related reading for Uber applicants
- What’s the difference between UberX, XL, Select, and Black?
- Uber driver requirements: Do you qualify to drive?
- How much do Uber drivers make? My income survey
UberX vehicle requirements
UberX is the lowest-cost Uber service. Almost any 4-door vehicle that is model year 2007 or newer will qualify as long as it is in good mechanical and cosmetic condition. The majority of ride requests are for UberX rides.
UberX vehicles must meet these requirements:
- 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 uber.com/drive/*your-city* for the model year requirement in your city
- Must have seats and seat belts for four passengers, not including the driver
- Four full doors – No center-opening rear doors like the ones found in Honda Element and 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.
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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, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Ford Flex, Dodge Durango, Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Yukon XL, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Quest, Chevy Traverse, Hyundai Santa Fe
UberSelect vehicle requirements
UberSelect gives riders the option to get a ride in an entry-level luxury vehicle with a leather interior. Select costs more than UberX and XL.
- Entry-level luxury sedans
- 2009 or newer
- Model year varies city to city
- 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, Acura RLX, Acura TL & TLX, BMW 3 Series and up, all Lincolns, Mercedes C-Class and up, Volvo S60, Acura, most Cadillacs, Hyundai Genesis, all Infinitis, Hyundai Genesis & Equus, Infinitis, Tesla Model S, Volvo S60 & S80,
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)
- Full Uber black requirements and how to qualify for Black service
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
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, Jaguar XK, Lexus LS, Bentley, Maybach, Rolls Royce
UberEATS vehicle requirements
UberEATS is an on-demand food delivery service that has more lenient vehicle requirements. The main difference is that UberEATS cars can have 2 doors, and the vehicle can be model year 1998 or newer. Read more about driving for UberEATS here.
What does the Uber vehicle inspection cover?
Before you can begin accepting ride requests, you’ll have to have your vehicle inspected. You can have your vehicle inspected at a local Uber vehicle activation center, or at a state-certified mechanic in your area. Inspections at Uber activation centers are free, and mechanics typically charge around $20 – $30 for an inspection.
The inspection covers the basic mechanical condition of your car: Brakes, tires, lights, windows, and safety features are inspected. See the Uber inspection form for the full checklist.
To find a free inspection center, visit uber.com/drive/*your-city* (example: uber.com/drive/los-angeles/). From there, you’ll find inspection locations in the Vehicle Inspections area or Local Resources area.
How to find the exact vehicle model year requirement for Uber in your city
Uber doesn’t make it easy to find the exact model year requirement in your city. Uber only displays very general requirements on the Uber driver application. And when you google search for the requirements in your city, you might find confusing, unclear results.
To find the exact model year requirement for Uber in your city:
- Go to uber.com/drive/*your-city*/vehicle-requirements/
- For example: uber.com/drive/los-angeles/vehicle-requirements/
For now, that’s the best way to go directly to the model year requirement in a specific city. You may need to go to uber.com/cities to see how your city is displayed in a URL.
If your car qualifies for more than one service, you’ll get ride requests for each
If you’re signed up with an UberXL or Select vehicle, by default you’ll get requests from both UberX and XL/Select riders. You can select which types of trip requests you want to receive by visiting the Trip Preferences area in the Uber app, so it’s possible to only get XL or Select requests during your shift. Find Trip Preferences by tapping the icon in the upper right corner of the home screen.
The volume of UberXL and Select ride requests is typically much lower than the volume of UberX rides, so most drivers accept both UberX and higher end service requests.
What happens if your car can becomes too old for Uber?
Uber updates their model year requirements once each year, so it’s possible for your car to age out of Uber’s system. You won’t be able to go online with that vehicle when it becomes too old for Uber. Uber calls the process ‘vehicle transitioning,’ a nice way of saying your car no longer qualifies. Read more about what happens when your car becomes too old for Uber.
Does your car qualify for Uber?
The best way to find out if your car is new enough to drive for Uber is to to go Uber.com/drive/*your-city* (EX: uber.com/drive/los-angeles/). From there, visit the Vehicle Requirements page to see the current model year requirement for your city.
Ultimately, the only way to find out if your particular car qualifies is to go through the application process. 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 background check and vehicle inspection. If you pass those, 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 how to buy, rent, and lease cars for Uber, but in summary these are your options:
- Buy a car, preferably an affordable used car
- 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 rental car companies
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