Uber Deactivation: Why Drivers Get Deactivated [+Reactivation Help]

The last thing an Uber drivers wants to deal with before a trip is opening their driver account only to learn that an Uber deactivation has happened to them.

Uber sometimes sends out an email before they disable a driver account, but more often than not, the driver tries to log in with no luck, only to find out they’ve been disabled by support.

We’ve gotten quite a few questions about Uber drivers being deactivated recently, and after finding out about Uber’s deactivation rampage in New York recently, we figured we would put together a guide about what to do if it happens to you.

This guide will cover:

  1. What the deactivation process looks like
  2. How to tell if you’ve been deactivated
  3. Why drivers get deactivated
  4. How to reactivate your account
  5. Tips to ensure you DON’T get deactivated

Let’s dive right in.

Uber Deactivation: Can’t Log In

My Uber account has been cancelled a few times in the past three years, and I can tell you, it’s a frustrating process. Whether you’re trying to go online, or just taking a ride, it’s never fun.

The Uber partner deactivation process is pretty straightforward: either a support representative will reach out and let you know your account has been disabled, or you just won’t be able to log into the Uber Partner driver portal. Either way, you can’t get online.

According to a popular ridesharing site, common error messages displayed in the Uber Partner app if you’ve been deactivated will include:

  • “Your driver account has not been activated”
  • “The partner account you drive under has been disabled”
  • “You are waitlisted”
  • “Your account has been placed on hold”
  • Your profile status gets stuck as onboarding or waitlisted

If you see a message like this displayed in your Partner app, that is NOT a good sign, and means you’ve probably done something wrong that Uber didn’t like.

If you get deactivated, don’t freak out. There are plenty of things that an Uber driver can do to get deactivated, but luckily many of these are simple problems to solve and if you go about contacting Uber correctly, a resolution can be reached that hopefully will lead to a resolution.

Reasons for Uber Driver Deactivation

Before we dive into Uber driver reactivations, it’s good to be aware of the different reasons a driver can be deactivated.

  • Ratings: if a driver’s rating falls below a certain point, they can be deactivated. UberX drivers must have a rating above 4.6, UberSELECT above a 4.7, and UberBLACK above 4.8. If your ratings fall below for your Uber type, you risk deactivation.
  • Unsafe Driving: Driving in a manner that endangers passengers is a way one ticket to deactivation. Obey traffic laws at all times.
  • Inactive Status: Drivers are encouraged to take at least one ride every 90 days. If you can’t make that quota, reach out to support to ensure good account standing.
  • Serious Complaints: Serious complaints like sexual harassment and driving under the influence are not tolerated by Uber, who has a zero tolerance policy for these issues.
  • Post-ride Contact: There are a surprising number of drivers who contact riders after a ride. Stalking a rider post-trip is creepy and can get you banned quick.
  • Expired Documents: Letting important documents such as vehicle registration or proof of insurance expire makes your vehicle not street legal, which is a very common reason for Uber Partner deactivation.
  • Terms of Service Violations: Violations of Uber’s Terms of Service is a very easy way to get banned from driving. Whether it’s riding with an extra companion, advertising another rideshare service during a trip, trip fraud, or something similar.

Most of these reasons for deactivation are pretty obvious, but as a driver, you may very well be doing some of these things without realizing them. Little things that you don’t think are a big deal are sometimes a big deal to Uber, so keeping these items at the front of your mind can help keep you active.

How to Tell if You’ve Been Deactivated

It’s pretty obvious when a driver account is deactivated. You’ll either receive an email or text from support, see one of the messages from above displayed in the Partner app, or simply not be able to log into your account and go online.

If you suspect you were deactivated by Uber, the easiest way to confirm this suspicion is to contact Uber driver support teams and ask.

Keep in mind it could take a little bit to get back to you about the issue. Support staff must identify the issue, see what happened, and then reach back out. Stay patient with them and be as helpful as possible without giving into emotions like anger and frustration.

Tips for contacting Uber support:

  • Outline your problem in as much detail as possible. This helps support reps to narrow down your issue in a timely manner.
  • Do NOT lash out at the person helping you. The last thing you want to do is anger the only person between your account and a reactivation.

Reactivate Uber account

For most issues, getting Uber to reactivate your driver account is fairly easy.

In my case, the three times my account fell victim to Uber deactivation was either due to a technical glitch or some type of problem in the system. I outlined the problem in as much detail as possible in my initial email then was as helpful as possible, which resulted in a timely and friendly reactivation all three times.

Sometimes the cause of your deactivation can be easily fixed. In these cases, reactivating your Uber account is simple.

  • Documents: upload necessary documents
  • Low ratings: email Uber and ask if you can take a claass to be reactivated
  • Inactivity: email support and let them know you’d like to drive again
  • Other reason: ask Uber to reactivate you. Sometimes this works

However, there are a couple instances where an Uber account reactivation may NOT be feasible.

Uber takes a very hard stance against sexual harassment and driving under the influence, among other issues. If you’ve been deactivated for an issue related to either of these, your future driving with Uber is incredibly bleak.

These include:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Stalking a passenger
  • Outright trip or referral fraud
  • other serious passenger complaints

 

My Uber Rating

If you aren’t deactivated yet, it’s important to stay that way. All drivers should periodically check their ratings to ensure good standing.

Checking an Uber rating is pretty simple with the new update to the app.

Open the Uber partner app, then look at the bottom menu bar, then look for the tab titled “Ratings”.

Clicking on that tab will pull up a bunch of information related to your rating, including the overall driver rating, acceptance rate, and cancellation rate. This section also includes other feedback such as rider compliments, rider feedback, and tips for best practices on how to improve your rating.

My Take

I may get roasted for saying this, but overall I think it’s pretty simple to maintain a good account standing and avoid Uber deactivation on your driver account. A lot of the most common reasons for getting deactivated are common sense, and with a little foresight drivers can avoid most problems.

If you do find yourself on the wrong side of the spectrum, however, it’s important to remain calm and reach out to Uber for clarification. After all, support is here to help and will do everything they can do get you reactivated and back on the road.


Have you been deactivated by Uber? What are your thoughts on Uber deactivation tips? What did you do to successfully reactivate your account? 

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