Of all the questions we get from people who want to become an Uber driver, the most common one is, “Can I drive for Uber with my car? Does my car qualify?” This article will help you find out if your vehicle meets the requirements of any of the Uber services.
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 your car qualifies or not.
Covid-19 Update: Uber has not changed vehicle requirements during the Covid-19 pandemic, but rental options have been affected. Some vehicle rental offices are closed.
- Uber Vehicle Requirements
- The Uber Vehicle Inspection
- How to Rent a Car for Uber
Uber Vehicle Requirements
- Vehicle must be 10 – 15 years old or newer – Varies city to city. How to find the year required in your city
- Must be a four-door car, truck, or minivan. Manual (standard) transmission is OK
- Vehicle must have 5 factory-installed seatbelts
- Must pass a mechanical vehicle inspection
- Driver’s 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 background check details here)
Restrictions: Vehicles that don’t qualify for any Uber service
- No full-size vans (Ford Transit, Ford E-Series, GMC Savana, etc)
- No taxis or taxi-style paint
- No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles (salvage title)
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Uber X Vehicle Requirements
Uber X is the lowest-cost Uber service. Almost any 4-door vehicle that is 10 years old or newer will qualify as long as it is in good mechanical and cosmetic condition. The majority of ride requests that Uber drivers receive are for Uber X rides.
Uber X vehicles must meet these requirements:
- 10 years old or newer in most cities
- 15 years old is OK in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, and other cities
- Check uber.com/us/en/drive/*your-city*/vehicle-requirements/ 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
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.
Some Subcompact Vehicles Aren’t Eligible for All Driver Promotions
Certain subcompact vehicles qualify for UberX, but are not eligible for all driver promotions. If you drive with an ineligible subcompact, you can still receive a signup bonus and referral rewards, but you may not be eligible for other ongoing promotions such as the Quest bonus.
Subcompact models that are ineligible for some promotions include: Chevrolet Spark, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa and Versa Note, Toyota Prius C, Toyota Yaris. Find out more at help.uber.com.
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- What’s the difference between UberX, XL, Select, and Black?
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UberXL Vehicle Requirements
UberXL is a service intended for groups of 5–6 passengers. Prices for XL are higher than X, so you’ll make more money per ride if you drive an XL vehicle. Uber XL is a commonly requested ride type for airport passengers.
- Must seat six passengers (7 factory-installed seatbelts)
- Typically same model year requirement as Uber X, but can vary
- No full-size vans or box trucks
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
Uber Select Vehicle Requirements
Uber Select gives riders the option to get a ride in an entry-level luxury vehicle with a leather interior. Uber Select costs more than Uber X and XL.
- Entry-level luxury sedans
- Newer model year required
- EX 2009 or newer in LA. Model year varies city to city
- 5 factory-installed seatbelts
- Leather or vinyl interior – no cloth
- Not available in all Uber markets
Example Uber Select 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.
Uber Comfort Vehicle Requirements
Uber Comfort offers larger vehicles with more legroom at a lower price than UberXL and Black. Uber Comfort is a popular option for airport trips and for riders who don’t want to ride in a compact car.
- Drivers must have at least 250 rides and a rating of 4.85 or higher
- Vehicle must have more legroom than smaller cars
- Vehicle typically must be newer than the UberX requirement
Example Uber Comfort vehicles: Larger sedans, minivans, and SUVs. Visit the vehicle requirements page for your city to see a list of eligible models.
Uber Black and Black SUV Vehicle Requirements
Uber Black and Black SUV are the high-end, high-cost Uber service that has the highest vehicle standards.
- Black paint, black leather interior
- Newer model year required (typically 5 years old, varies city to city)
- 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
Uber LUX Vehicle Requirements
A luxury car service that only accepts the top models from luxury brands. Not available in all Uber markets.
- Full-size luxury vehicle
- 2012 or newer
- Commercial insurance required
- Not available in all cities
Example Uber LUX 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
Uber Eats Vehicle Requirements
Uber Eats is an on-demand food delivery service that has more lenient vehicle requirements. The main difference is that Uber Eats accepts vehicles with 2 doors, and the vehicle can be 20 years old or newer. Read more about driving for Uber Eats here.
How to Find The Model Year Requirement For Uber in Your City
Uber doesn’t make it easy to find the exact model year requirement for each city. Uber only displays very general requirements on the Uber driver signup page, and you might find conflicting results when you search online.
Method 1: Find the model year requirement for your city at help.uber.com
Head to help.uber.com and select your city in the top right corner. Next, search for “Vehicle Requirements” in the search bar. You should find an article called “Vehicle Requirements” that will have the model year requirement for the selected city.
Method 2: Use Google to find the model year requirement for your city
Another way to find the exact model year requirement in your city is with a Google search that limits your results to Uber.com. Search for “Los Angeles vehicle requirements site:uber.com.” The ‘site:uber.com’ will limit your results to official Uber.com pages.
The correct Google result will have a title that says something like ‘Vehicle Requirements | Uber Los Angeles’
Secret method: Directly input the URL for your city
Each city has its own vehicle requirements page, but Uber makes them hard to find. The URL follows this structure: uber.com/us/en/drive/*your-city*/vehicle-requirements/
Replace *your-city* with your own city and you might be taken directly to the vehicle requirements page. For example, uber.com/us/en/drive/*los-angeles*/vehicle-requirements/. It’s a tricky method because it’s not always obvious how Uber displays your city name in URL form.
What Does the Uber Vehicle Inspection Cover?
Many cities require that you have your vehicle inspected before you can begin accepting ride requests. You can have your vehicle inspected at a local Uber vehicle activation center, or at a state-certified mechanic in your area.
Cost: Inspections at Uber activation centers may be free, but Uber is starting to charge for inspections in some states. Independent mechanics typically charge around $30 for an inspection.
The inspection covers the basic mechanical condition of your car: Brakes, tires, lights, windows, and safety features are inspected.
If your car qualifies for more than one service, you’ll get ride requests for each
If you drive for Uber with a vehicle that is eligible for UberXL, Select, or other Uber services, by default you’ll get requests for all of the services that your vehicle is eligible for. For example, if you drive an SUV that qualifies for XL, you will receive UberX and XL requests.
How to enable or disable ride requests from other Uber services
You can select which types of trip requests you receive by visiting the Driving Preferences menu in the Uber app. Tap the bottom area of the home screen to open your Trip Planner. Then tap the icon in the bottom right to open Driving Preferences and tap on a service to enable or disable requests from that service.
The volume of UberXL and Select ride requests is typically much lower than the volume of UberX rides, so most drivers accept ride request from all Uber services to stay busy.
What Happens if Your Car 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 is too old and no longer qualifies.
Find Out: Does Your Car Qualify for Uber?
The best way to find out if your car is new enough to drive for Uber is to go Uber.com/us/en/drive/*your-city*/vehicle-requirements/ (EX: uber.com/us/en/drive/los-angeles/vehicle-requirements/). 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.
Need a Car For Uber? Here Are The Options
Covid-19 update: Rental options may be limited in some markets due to Covid-19. Some rental lots are closed. Rental prices are lower in markets where rentals are still available.
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. We 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, a peer-to-peer rental network
- Rent a car through Uber’s partnerships with rental car companies