How to Become an Uber Driver (with Pictures)

Driver Requirements

First, you’ll need to sign up to drive with Uber using their website. To sign up, you’ll need to provide certain information and documents. Here are the requirements:

·         You must be at least 21 years old and have had a valid U.S. driver’s license for a minimum of one year (three years if under 23).

·         You must have a valid driver’s license, car insurance, and car registration.

·         You must pass a background check, including a survey of your driving record.

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What are the vehicle requirements to drive for Uber?

To drive for Uber, your vehicle must meet the following requirements: 

  • Must have 4 doors and be able to hold at least 4 passengers (not including the driver) 
  • Cannot be older than 15 years. In some cities, vehicles must be newer than this. 
  • Rental vehicles are only allowed if they are from an approved Uber lender 
  • Must not have any cosmetic damage, missing parts, or commercial branding 
  • You must be listed as an insured driver on the vehicle’s insurance policy 

Uber Black car requirements include: 

  • They must have the model year of 2010 or newer 
  • They must be in excellent condition 
  • They must have a black exterior and interior 

How to Become an Uber Driver

Now that you have a basic idea of the requirements for driving with Uber, let’s get into some of the detailed steps for how to sign up.

Understanding these steps and having the right documents ready to go will make it as smooth as possible.

Documents You’ll Need

Uber will need proof that you meet the vehicle and personal requirements to become a driver.

So be sure to have these required documents scanned before starting the signup process:

  • Driver’s license
  • Your vehicle’s registration
  • Your vehicle’s insurance with your name on the policy
  • A passed background check (performed in the process with Checkr)
  • Profile photo
  • Licensing certificate (if your city/region requires it)

Be sure that you are uploading original documents and that they are visible and easy to read.

Rejected documents will only slow down the process.

The Application Process

If you meet the requirements for being an Uber driver, the signup process is pretty simple and takes just a few minutes.

The more comfortable you are with using your computer and smartphone—downloading apps, uploading documents, etc—the easier the process will be.

But the basic application process is as follows:

But the basic application process is as follows:

  • Create an account and give details about yourself and your car
  • Provide Uber with the required documents
  • Download the app and wait for your final approval

Some of those steps can take a long time, depending on your specific circumstances.

For example, having the wrong kind of offense pop up on your background check will disqualify you.

And having an expired document will also delay the process.

But generally speaking, the application process is that simple.

Uber Driver Requirements for your Vehicle

Uber also has a standard for the vehicles used for their clientele. However, the Uber Driver requirements may differ from one city and another. Uber’s website has a page that lists all their eligible vehicles for any zip code or vehicle make and model.

General Uber Driver Requirements for your vehicle are:

  • 10 years old or newer
  • Must have at least four doors
  • No salvage or restored title
  • License plates are valid and registered
  • Not a full-sized van
  • Not a taxi
  • Minimum of five total seat belts

Uber X Requirements

Uber offers different rideshare services based on the number of passengers and service speed. The type of car a driver has can also affect which service they are placed in. Uber X is pretty much the standard Uber service that services up to four riders. This would be the service for many mid-sized cars like the Toyota Prius, Honda Accord, or Civic.

These are the types of vehicles that are qualified for Uber X:

  • Car is 10 years or newer; some states may draw the limit at 15
  • At least five total seatbelts
  • Has four doors.

Uber XL Requirements

Uber XL is the service for larger groups of passengers looking for a ride. Rates are naturally higher because of this. Because of their storage space, XL Uber vehicles are often used for trips to the airport. This includes car models such as the GMC Acadia, Jeep Cherokee, and GMC Yukon XL, which can seat six people.

These cars must also satisfy the following Uber Driver requirements for vehicles:

  • Car is 10 or 15 years old or newer
  • At least seven total seatbelts
  • No vans or trucks

Uber Green Requirements

Uber Green is for cars that are electric or hybrid. If their carbon footprint is smaller than a standard car, then they will qualify as an Uber Green vehicle. This service is unique because passengers are given a surcharge of $1, which is split between the driver and Uber’s effort to reduce their own emissions. These cars are typically the same size as Uber X cars. Keep in mind that Uber Green may not be available everywhere.

Uber Green cars are typically:

  • Vehicle is a hybrid or electric model
  • At least five total seatbelts
  • Newer than 10 years old

Uber Black Requirements

Drivers with high-end, luxury vehicles are placed into the Uber Black service once their acceptance process is completed. This is the highest standard Uber sets for their cars and is applicable to both regular-sized cars and SUVs.

Uber Black and Uber Black SUVs usually include:

  • Black paint job
  • Leather seats and interior
  • Commercial car insurance and registration
  • Airport permits
  • Newer than 10 years

Uber Lux Requirements

Uber Lux is an exclusive service in New York and California. It features high-end car makes and models from brands like Porche, Mercedes, or Lexus.

They usually must be full-sized vehicles with the following features:

  • Four to six doors
  • Commercial car insurance
  • New than 10 years

Uber Eats Requirements

Uber Driver Requirements for food couriers are less stern than their other services since no passenger will be using them.

Virtually, any vehicle can be used for Uber Eats as long as it has:

  • Minimum of two doors
  • 20 years old or newer

FAQs About Driving for Uber

Q: Safety: How Does Uber Manage Safety Concerns for Both Drivers and Riders?

A: Due to the nature of Uber’s model, there can be some hesitation when it comes to using the platform, for both drivers and riders. Some of the safety features available for drivers include:

  • Easy access to emergency assistance through the app
  • “Follow My Ride” which allows you to share your whereabouts with your friends and family so they can track your trips in real-time.
  • GPS tracking of all your trips, making it easy to pull up information should anything happen while you’re on the road
  • Driver and rider ratings. If a rider displays unacceptable behavior that you feel you should warn fellow drivers about, you’re always able to report your experience through ratings and through Uber’s easy customer service functionalities.
  • Trusted insurance providers allow you to confidently insure your vehicle for your business uses.

Q: What are the best practices for picking up a rider?

A: Once you’ve accepted the trip, a rider’s specific location will be indicated with an arrow. If you anticipate that your rider will be difficult to find, you may want to contact your rider and request that they use the Spotlight feature, which allows you to easily see an illuminated color that is specific to your ride.

Other tips to ensure a great rider experience is to pick them up on the side of the road on which they are waiting, making it a seamless experience right from the start. Once the rider approaches your vehicle, it is best practice to greet them by name to confirm that they are the correct driver. Once inside your vehicle, allow them to get settled and buckled in before starting to drive. From there, start a friendly conversation and make the customer experience as good as possible!

Q: I can’t find my rider, what do I do?

A: The standard wait time for a rider to meet you at the indicated destination is 5 minutes (less for UberPOOL rides). If you are unable to find or communicate with your rider, you can cancel the trip. At this point, the rider will be charged a cancellation fee which is then paid out to you to accommodate for your time spent waiting.

Q: Can I bring someone else along with me while I’m online and accepting Uber trip requests?

A: As part of Uber’s commitment to rider and driver safety, drivers are not allowed to have other passengers in the vehicle besides the official Uber rider(s).

Q: I feel much safer when I have a video camera or dash camera installed. Is this allowed while driving for Uber?

A: As long as your city’s laws allow this, you are permitted to install and actively use a video recording device in your vehicle while online and driving with Uber.

Q: I’ve gotten in an accident while on a trip with a rider. What should I do?

A: There are three basic steps to follow if you’ve been in an accident while completing a trip with an Uber passenger:

  1. Check the safety and wellbeing of yourself and your passenger(s)
  2. If the situation calls for it, contact the police and ambulance.
  3. Notify Uber when an accident has occurred. You can do this through the Trip Issues tab in the Uber app.

Q: I’ve moved and want to drive in a different city. Is this possible?

A: Since your Uber driver application is approved based on the city that you indicated during your application, your new city means that you will have to make some adjustments and reapply under the new circumstances. Luckily, though, you don’t have to go through the entire process all over again. Instead, head to Uber here and request a change to your account and submit for review.

Frequently Asked Questions

With the details of the requirements and application process out of the way, let’s get into some of the most common questions people have when considering driving with Uber.

Can you become an Uber driver with a criminal reco

Can you become an Uber driver with a criminal record?

Besides a Motor Vehicle Report, the background check for Uber also checks you for a criminal record.

Most offenses will at least prevent you from driving for some time, and other offenses last your entire life.

Pretty much any serious criminal conviction—felonies, violent crimes, sexual offenses, etc—will disqualify you from becoming a driver no matter how long ago they happened.

Lesser offenses like speeding tickets can disqualify you for a while but will go away eventually, at which time you can reapply.

Will scratches on my car prevent me from using it to become an Uber driver?

Minor scratches on your car probably won’t prevent you from becoming an Uber driver, but it depends on the extent of the damage.

If the scratches are barely noticeable and not yet rusted, you will probably pass the inspection.

But Uber clearly states that vehicles cannot have missing pieces or cosmetic damage, so to be safe you should fix any visible damage.

Besides preventing you from driving, it might also cause riders to give you a lower rating.

Is it worth buying a car with the intention to become an Uber driver?

The answer to this question depends on a few details.

If you are only buying a car for Uber, then it is probably not the smartest decision.

Making $15 per hour probably won’t justify purchasing a new car that you don’t otherwise need.

But if you need a car anyways, then becoming an Uber driver can be a great strategy for offsetting some of your vehicle expenses, especially in the beginning.

You can continue working your normal job and drive for Uber whenever you have extra time.

It will help cover your new expenses such as insurance, finance payments, and car maintenance.

However, if you do need a car, check out our list of the best cars for Uber.

How Much Money Will You Make?

Depending on where in the country they drive, most drivers can make anywhere from $5 to $26 per hour before accounting for expenses such as gas, tax, and car maintenance. Uber sometimes offers cash bonuses for new drivers, too. For example, the company has been known to offer up to $500 to Lyft drivers to join.

There are other ways to maximize your earnings while driving for Uber, including:

  • Driving a hybrid vehicle, which should save you money on gas
  • Driving during a surge, which is when Uber charges riders peak pricing due to the lack of available drivers in a certain area at a certain time or for rides in a populated city
  • Making food deliveries with the Uber Eats app

“There’s plenty of earning opportunity as an Uber driver, but you can’t just flip on the app and expect to make a ton of money,” notes Harry Campbell, owner and founder of TheRideShareGuy.com. “You have to be willing to try new places, new times, and basically, go above and beyond what other drivers are doing.”

How Much Do Uber Drivers Give to Uber?

Uber charges drivers a service fee, which varies for each trip and is calculated by taking the difference between a rider’s payment and what the driver earns, excluding tips, tolls, surcharges, taxes, and various other fees, including the booking fee. According to Uber, the service fee is variable rather than fixed to make it fairer for drivers and will be lower if the trip takes longer than expected.

4. Submit an application

Once you have reviewed the requirements and determined that you meet them, it’s time to start the application. Before you apply, see if there’s a referral code. For instance, new drivers at Lyft can receive a bonus for completing a certain number of rides within a specific time frame using a code.

Create an Uber or Lyft account if you don’t already have one. Once you are logged in, select “drive with Uber” or “sign up to drive.” 

When applying to Uber, potential drivers can visit a local Uber Greenlight location to ask questions or discuss the application process.

For Lyft, applications may be held up because of background checks, which can take several weeks to process. You can check your application’s progress anytime at Candidate Checkr

What About Uber Eats?

Uber rideshare drivers also have the option to deliver orders through Uber Eats. This entails opting in, accepting delivery orders and then transporting food and beverages to customers.

Choosing to deliver food can boost an Uber driver’s pay, especially on days when rides are slow. Uber encourages its drivers to diversify their payment options, depending on demand.

Uber Eats pays drivers a delivery fare based on pick-up, drop-off and distance. There is also a similar surge pricing for food delivery known as “Boost” that will increase pay at certain times of the day.

How Much do Uber Drivers Make?

Because Uber drivers are independent contractors, their earnings, how they manage them, and expense are all their responsibility. That being said, on average, an Uber driver makes anywhere from $10 to $20 an hour. Drivers also utilize earnings tracking apps and work as their own accountants.

Examples of expenses that drivers will be responsible for are:

  • Gas
  • Car maintenance
  • Taxes
  • Car payments if leased

What Are Ways Uber Drivers Can Increase Their Earnings?

Another reason you’re reading this article is that you also want to know how to be a financially smart Uber driver.

Here are some tips on how to make more as a rideshare driver:

  • Use a hybrid vehicle – A hybrid vehicle won’t just put you in a unique Uber category but it also shaves a couple of hundred dollars off your monthly gas bill.
  • Drive during a passenger surge – Driving when rates are doubled due to high demand is a great way for Uber drivers to earn extra.
  • Ask about sign-on or referral bonuses – Some rideshare companies, including Uber, may offer bonuses for new hires or referring a friend. Ask about them when you start.
  • Side hustle with Uber Eats – If your car has been approved for rideshare services, it more than meets the Uber Driver requirements for an Uber Eats vehicle. When not moving people, you can always move their food for extra money.

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