In order to start driving, you should know Uber’s driver requirements to make sure you can be approved quickly and easily.
In order to make it easier for you, I gathered everything together and created one page for you.
Here are Uber’s driver requirements you’ll need to meet in order qualify to drive this year.
Uber’s Requirements To Become A Driver
In a nutshell, these are your basic requirements to become an Uber driver.
- You must be at least 21 years old
- You must have access to a 4-door car from 2003 (or newer) in most cities
- 2003 or newer: Los Angeles, San Francisco
- 2005 or newer: Tucson, Phoenix
- 2006 or newer: New Jersey
- 2009 or newer: New York
- You must have in-state auto insurance with your name on the policy
- Must have an in-state driver’s license, licensed in the US for at least one year
- In-state plates with current registration (commercial plates are acceptable as well)
- Pass a background check and a driving record check
While these basic requirements are pretty straightforward, let’s get a little more detailed below.
You MUST Be Able To Use A 4-Door Car Which Is 15 Years Old (2003) Or Newer (Newer Year In Some Cities)
For the most part, this requirement is pretty straightforward. I would never recommend buying a car which just barely meets this requirement.
For example, if you get say a 2002 manufactured vehicle, the next year you won’t meet the vehicle year requirements because then it will be 2018 and your car will now be 16 years old.
And yes, if your car doesn’t have 4 doors, your car won’t be approved! (Not even if it’s a really nice car.)
It does state this directly on the Uber website, and, as an ace-in-the-hole, my friend tried applying with his 2 door BMW–it wasn’t approved, even though it’s a $50,000 car.
Also, make sure your car can seat 4 passengers (excluding the driver) so there’s enough room to pick up a group of people.
The last thing to take note of related to “salvage” vehicles; they are simply not allowed.
Make sure you check your city to see what your local requirements are.
Your Car MUST Pass The Uber Car Inspection (NO Exceptions)
When you decide to become an Uber driver you, need to have your car inspected. Depending on where you live, you can get a free car inspection by one of Uber’s mechanic locations.
I even got a $100 bonus from Uber just for getting my car inspected by them. Of course, if you would rather have your own personal mechanic do the inspection, that’s fine too.
You just need to make sure he is approved by Uber.
The inspection should only take about 10 minutes. You will get checked for simple things like;
- Are your mirrors working?
- Do your seat belts work for all the seats?
- Do you have any headlights or taillights out?
- Is your windshield cracked?
Uber vehicle inspections are performed every 12 months. Make sure you are keeping your car maintained, even after you pass the first inspection, or you won’t get approved the second time around.
Uber Vehicle Registration Requirements
One of the main requirements to drive with Uber is providing a valid vehicle registration. Even if your name is not on the registration, you still need to upload the document to Uber.
It’s perfectly fine (and legal) to not have your name on the registration and still drive for Uber, providing you have your name on the insurance policy for that car.
Uber’s Insurance Requirements
Most states in the U.S. already require you to have some form of car insurance to legally drive, so this requirement should be pretty simple for you.
You just need to make sure your insurance meets the minimum state requirements to drive for Uber. This does mean if it’s only liability coverage, you should be fine.
However, we recommend you try to get full coverage, if possible, because you never know what could happen. You’ll be on the road a lot more which means your chances of a car accident increases substantially.
When you upload the insurance card to Uber, you need to make sure your name shows on the policy or it won’t be accepted even if you are covered by the policy.
Side note: Not all insurance companies will cover you if you tell them you are driving for Uber!
Your Driver’s License MUST Be In-State, And Licensed To Drive In The U.S. For At Least One Year
If your driver license is not from the same state you plan on driving in, you won’t be able to drive. Of course, if you are living in the state, you should have already changed your license.
Also, you need to make sure you have been driving in the U.S. for at least one year. It would be pretty scary getting in an Uber vehicle and the driver told you they just got their license 2 weeks ago!
Even if you have driven internationally for 30 years, if you haven’t driven a full year in the U.S. you won’t get approved! Every state (and every country) has different laws in regards to driving.
Obviously, it is best to know the state’s rules before you start so you don’t get pulled over and receive a fat ticket for something you weren’t aware of.
In-state License Plates With Current Registration Are Required
We’ve already talked about the registration a little, but just to add on one more thing, you need to make sure your registration is current and you have in-state license plates.
We would never be a big fan of getting in an Uber vehicle in San Francisco, if the license plate read North Dakota. It’s super sketchy, and we would feel the person is picking up rides in the wrong state.
You MUST Pass A Background Check (And Driving Record Check)
Not every person will feel safe getting picked up by someone who has had a DUI or a criminal charge on their record.
Because of this, Uber runs a thorough background check and driving record check. The check goes back seven years and will ask questions like:
- Have you had a DUI in the last seven years?
- Have you been caught for reckless driving?
- Have you been in any car accidents?
- Have you committed any crimes?
- If so, what kind of crimes have you committed?
If your driving record is clean and you haven’t had any issues with the law, there will be a good chance you pass with flying colors.
If, for some odd reason, you fail but feel as though you should have passed, send Uber an email to find out what disqualified you. Maybe it’s a mistake which can be rectified or something you can fix.
What If I Want To Drive For Uber Black? What Are The Uber Black driver Requirements?
Honestly, if you have never driven for Uber, we would recommend doing UberX first before attempting to move up to Uber Black. It’s a much higher commitment to using a more premium service.
On top of the requirements you already have, you will also need things like:
- Commercial car insurance
- Airport permit in some cities
- A TCP permit
- A Luxury style car
If you want to learn more about driving for Uber Black, be sure to check out our Uber Black Car requirements first.
Meet The Requirements and Wondering How You Apply To Become An Uber Driver?
Becoming an Uber driver is pretty straightforward. It only involves a few simple steps.
Below is a quick summary:
Step 1- Complete the Uber application.
Step 2- Get your vehicle inspected at one of Uber’s inspection locations or by an approved 3rd party mechanic.
Step 3- Wait for your background and drivers check to clear.
Step 4- Start Driving an earn money!
The simplest way to see if you qualify as an Uber driver is to sign up yourself and see if you pass. The process is fast and easy and you can be driving within the week if everything checks out.