This post is part of our Uber Driver Training Mini-Series, designed to help drivers get through the application process, and earn more once on the road. In this post, you’ll learn how to fill out an Uber driver application and learn more about what the signup process entails. For more, come explore our detailed guide outlining how to start driving for Uber.
Filling Out An Uber Application
If you are curious about driving for Uber or have decided to take the plunge to become an Uber driver, then this guide is for you.
The first step before you can start driving for Uber as an independent contractor is to fill out an Uber application, which is what this unit will cover.. This is a step-by-step guide will take you through the process of the Uber application, and show you what to expect at each stage, which documents you need to provide, and other information aimed to help you qualify to drive as soon as possible.
So, let’s begin.
One of the basic Uber driver requirements for your application to be even considered is that you should be at least 21 years old.
Here are the 3 documents you will need for this application.
- Your driver’s license
- Your vehicle insurance identification card (proof of insurance card)
- Your vehicle registration
It’s good to have these documents ready before moving forward because you will be expected to take a picture and upload it to your Uber partner account.
To make sure your documents don’t get rejected, and delays your qualification process, here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to taking pictures of the required documents.
1. The picture is clear and not dark or blurry
2. The document isn’t expired or going to expire soon
3. The picture clearly shows all 4 corners of the document
4. The correct document is getting uploaded.
The screenshots below are subjected to change as Uber updates their website, however, the Uber application process should remain similar as time goes on.
- Step 1 – Sign up to drive for Uber
- Step 2 – Provide your contact details
- Step 3 – Do you have a qualified vehicle
- Step 4 – Provide your social security number
- Step 5 – Approve the terms required for the background check
- Step 6 – Upload a photo of your driver’s license
- Step 7 – Have you had your driver’s license for 1 year?
- Step 8 – Provide proof of auto insurance
- Step 9 – Provide proof of vehicle registration
- Step 10 – Download the Uber Partner (Driver) App
- Step 11 – WAIT for your approval
The Uber application process can be completed in 30 minutes or less. You will then have to wait for Uber to review your documentation. As mentioned earlier the background check takes the most time. Your documents may be approved within 48 hours, but often times your background check won’t be completed for days (or even weeks!) As you move forward through this guide, make sure that all the details and documents you enter are accurate. This is to avoid any sort of delay in getting approved.
Step 1 – Sign up to drive for Uber
Enter in your email address to start the process.
By signing up using the link above, you will be eligible to receive cash bonuses, specifically a sign-up bonus, provided that you complete at least 30 trips within 90 days of signing up. The incentive amount and minimum trip requirement may change from city to city. Click here to learn more about the Uber Driver code.
Step 2 – Provide your contact details
You need to provide your contact information to Uber. It is important that you input your city to determine if Uber is available in your area. It is also important to provide your mobile/cell number so that Uber can contact you.
Step 3 – Do you have a qualified vehicle?
For a vehicle to qualify for Uber, it needs to mostly meet these 7 criteria-
1. Must be a 4 door vehicle
2. Must be able to carry at least 4 passengers, excluding the driver.
3. Must have working seatbelts.
4. The vehicle shouldn’t be rebuilt or salvaged.
5. Must not be more than 15 model years old
6. Must not be a rental vehicle like a taxi
7. Should not have any branding or commercial business wrapping; shouldn’t have missing pieces or cosmetic damage.
Those are the minimum requirements for a vehicle to be qualified. Other than those, there are a couple of other specific car requirements based on the type of Uber service you want to provide. UberX is the most common one, but there are also other options like UberXL, UberSelect, UberSUV, UberBLACK and more. You can read all the specific Uber vehicle requirements right here.
If you do not have a car that qualifies for Uber you can still apply to become a driver. You might want to do this if you are currently looking to purchase/lease a car.
You may also choose to lease a car through Uber although we do NOT recommend this.
Update: Uber has shut down its Xchange Leasing program due to losing up to $9000 per car. If you do drive a vehicle that’s not personally owned by you, make sure that that your name is present in that vehicle’s insurance policy.
Also, note that all Uber drivers are required to undergo a comprehensive vehicle inspection before they can go online and make their first trip. This is a standard practice and every ridesharing company has their own version of this. This inspection ensures that your vehicle meets all the safety requirements and is in good condition to be driven. Vehicle inspection can be done at one of their activation centers, or at a pre-approved auto repair station.
Step 4 – Provide your social security number
In order to continue your Uber application, you need to enter your social security number. This is so that Uber can perform their background check to see if you personally qualify to drive for Uber. This needs to be your personal social security number. If you are a business, you will use that tax id number later. At this point, Uber is performing the check to see if you have traffic violations or felonies that might prevent you from driving.
Step 5 – Approve the terms required for the background check
Approve the terms for Uber to complete the background check. Uber will not perform a credit check. They simply want to check your driving and criminal history to see if you are qualified to drive for Uber.
In general, here is what they are looking for in drivers:
1. Should have had their license for at least a year, or at least 3 years if younger than 23 years old.
2. Motor vehicle record should not show any major violations like DUI or reckless driving charges, accidents, traffic law violations for last 7 years.
3. Motor vehicle record shouldn’t have more than 3 violations in the last 3 years.
3. The criminal record shouldn’t show convictions for violent, sexual crimes, drug-related offenses or other felonies within last 7 years. In addition to that, the driver should not be on the national sex offender list.
If you’d like to learn more, we have a comprehensive guide to Uber background check right here.
You can also have Uber send a copy of the background check to you once it’s complete. This is also useful so that you know when the process is finished. Since most application processing delays occur due to failed background checks, knowing that you’ve passed this stage is helpful. If you have a clean driving record and no criminal history, you will easily pass your background check.
Step 6 – Upload a photo of your driver’s license
For Uber to verify your identity, they require a copy of your driver’s license. You can take a photo from your computer, tablet, or cell phone of your driver’s license. Just make sure the image is clear, and Uber can read all the writing on your license. They will also use this to check your driving record.
Although you are not required to resubmit your license photo once it gets approved (unless it’s expiring or is expired), the app might randomly sometimes have you take a picture of yourself before you accept a ride request. This is a precautionary measure to ensure that you aren’t let anyone else drive for you.
Step 7 – Have you had your driver’s license for 1 year or more?
One of Uber’s driver requirements is that you have had your driver’s license for at least 1 year. If you are under 23 years old, you need to have had your driving license for at least 3 years.This requirement is there to ensure that you have enough driving experience and it also provides an adequate length of driving history to Uber to confirm whether or not you are a good driver.
Step 8 – Provide proof of automobile insurance
Provide proof of insurance for your vehicle. When you take a photo of your proof of insurance card, your name must be shown on the car insurance policy. Uber won’t approve you to drive if your name isn’t present.
You are not currently required to have additional coverages for your vehicle nationwide, however, we HIGHLY SUGGEST you get a rideshare insurance policy so that you stay covered in case of an accident. Some locations may require additional insurance coverage or commercial insurance coverage for your vehicle. Check out our full list of rideshare insurance companies currently providing rideshare insurance.
Step 9 – Provide proof of vehicle registration
You will need to provide proof of registration for your vehicle. Simply take a photo with your smartphone or tablet and upload it to your account. Make sure the text is clear, easy to read, and that no parts of the documentation are covered up. Uber accepts official and temporary car registration, and the vehicle doesn’t need to be registered under your name for you to qualify as a driver.
Step 10 – Download the Uber Partner (Driver) App
Your Uber application is completed. You can now download the Uber driver app. This app is NOT available in the app store.
Note that Uber has a different app for passengers than for drivers. Uber refers to their drivers as partners so you will want to remember this. The app is called the Uber Partner app, and the website to check the status of your Uber application is the Uber Partner website.
Step 11 – WAIT for your approval
This is the most tedious part- waiting to be approved. If you log into the Uber partner website you can check the status of your application.
Your Uber application documents are usually approved within 48 hours. If there are any problems, Uber should send you a text message and you can re-upload the document.
The background check takes the longest. It usually takes several days and sometimes even weeks. The delay can be due to many reasons. It could simply be due to large volumes of applications, or because you have moved a lot and they have a hard time retrieving your details, or because there is an error. (Did you enter your correct social security number?)
Once you clear this step, you can watch a video from Uber on how to use the Uber Partner App. But to help you understand all the features of the app, we have an in-depth article for you right here.