Uber Eats is a food delivery service created as an offshoot of the popular Uber rideshare platform. Recognizing that it already had a fleet of potential delivery drivers to drop off food orders, Uber launched the Uber Eats delivery service in cities across the globe.
While it hasn’t been around as long as competitors such as Grubhub, Uber Eats is gaining traction, especially since Uber has promoted it to customers who already use the Uber app. If you’re looking for a way to make some extra cash, then delivering Uber Eats orders could be an option worth considering.
Driving for the service is simple. You get notifications of Uber Eats orders on your phone, retrieve them at the pickup location, and deliver them to the customer’s location. You get paid for each delivery you make, as well as any tips that customers choose to leave you (which they can do within the Uber Eats app).
However, there are some requirements you need to meet first. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the Uber Eats driver requirements, including the minimum age and background check process.
- Why Deliver for Uber Eats?
- What Are the Uber Eats Driver Requirements?
- Uber Eats Driver Requirements FAQ
Why would you want to make deliveries for Uber Eats? This is something to consider before you even worry about the requirements to become a driver.
To start, Uber Eats offers the ability to set your own schedule. You only work when you want to, as few or as many hours as you want (though there are limits to how long you can work at a time). If you have the capacity to work full-time hours, you can do that. On the other hand, if you only have a couple hours per day after work, Uber Eats will still be happy to have you.
Furthermore, Uber Eats offers flexible payment options, including Instant Pay. With this tool, you can instantly withdraw your earnings without waiting for the weekly payday. This is great for times in life when your bills or other financial obligations don’t line up with when you’re scheduled to get paid.
Another perk of driving for Uber Eats is that you get to be your own boss. Uber Eats drivers are independent contractors. This not only means that you get to choose when and where you work, but it also means you’re in control of your income in a way that an employee isn’t. If you want to make more money, you can choose to work more hours. If you need time off, then you can work less (though keep in mind that, as an independent contractor, you don’t get any paid leave or other employee benefits).
Finally, Uber Eats is a way to learn more about the local restaurants in your city. Sure, sometimes you’ll just be making deliveries of fast food to broke college students, but you’ll also get the chance to make deliveries from interesting restaurants you might never have heard of otherwise.
Are all the benefits of being an Uber Eats driver getting you excited about the job? Then read on to find out what requirements you need to meet before you start making deliveries.
To become an Uber Eats delivery partner, you must meet the following basic requirements:
- Meet the minimum age to drive for your city. For deliveries via car or scooter, this is usually 19, though you should check when you apply to be sure. For deliveries via bike, the minimum age is 18 (bike delivery is only available in select cities).
- Have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. This is necessary for cars and scooters. If you’re delivering on a bike, you just need to have a valid government-issued ID.
- Have at least one year of driving experience. This is necessary for anyone delivering with a car.
These are the basic requirements for drivers. As you can see, they’re not that difficult. However, there are some additional requirements you need to meet beyond these. To start, you’ll need to pass a criminal background check (regardless of what method you’re going to use for delivery). Drivers making deliveries using a car or scooter will also have to pass a driving record check.
To learn more about the details of this background check, consult our guide to the Uber background check (it’s the same background check as for Uber Eats).
The final set of requirements you must meet are a set of vehicle requirements. These vary based on the type of vehicle you want to use. Here are the requirements for each type of vehicle:
- Cars — Must be a 2-door or 4-door vehicle made after 1998. You’ll notice that this is a much less strict requirement than the vehicle requirements for Uber drivers. Because you’re not transporting passengers, issues of comfort and safety that apply to Uber drivers aren’t relevant to Uber Eats.
- Scooters — You can use any make or model of 2-wheel scooter. To be eligible for scooter deliveries, the scooter must have a motor of 50cc or less that travels no faster than 30 mph.
- Bicycles — No specific requirements, though be sure to choose “Biking” as your transportation method when signing up. We’d recommend picking something light and fast that also has space to carry cargo, but the details are up to you.
If you meet all the requirements above, then you’ll be on your way to making money and delivering Uber Eats orders in no time. To learn how to get started, check out our guide to becoming an Uber Eats driver.
To close this article, here are some answers to common questions about the Uber Eats driver requirements.
1. Do the driver requirements vary based on my city?
The requirements can vary based on your city, but they don’t tend to vary a lot. The most common variation is in the type of delivery vehicle allowed. Somewhere like New York City or San Francisco, for instance, will allow delivery by bike. A car-dependent city like Nashville, on the other hand, won’t allow bike delivery because it simply isn’t practical or safe.
2. Can I deliver for Uber Eats and drive for Uber?
Yes, you can. In fact, Uber encourages eligible drivers to do this. You can make both types of deliveries using the Uber driver app (though customers have to use a separate Uber Eats app to place orders).
You can even opt to receive both passenger and Uber Eats delivery requests during the same shift. This could mean that right after you drop off a passenger, you head to pick up an Uber Eats food order. You do have the option to disable this feature if you prefer just to deliver food or transport passengers, but we recommend having both enabled to maximize your potential earnings.
Of course, you won’t be able to transport passengers if you’re not old enough or if your car doesn’t meet the minimum requirements. Still, it’s very common to find UberX drivers who have the right age and vehicle to make both Uber Eats deliveries and passenger transport requests.
3. Are there any ways around the Uber Eats delivery driver requirements?
It’s tempting to think that you can get out of the requirements that Uber Eats has in place and fulfill Uber delivery orders anyway, but you’re unlikely to succeed with this method. Uber Eats uses identity verification technology to check the authenticity of your photo ID (which you have to upload as part of your application).
The background check will also reveal your age (since it requires your Social Security number). Attempting to deceive Uber in this way is not just against their policies, but it’s also illegal. If you’re too young to drive for the platform, then you can just wait a year or so; in the meantime, there are plenty of other delivery jobs you can do as an 18 year old.
Start Delivering for Uber Eats
We hope this guide has shown you the Uber Eats requirements you’ll need to meet to start making deliveries. The requirements aren’t that difficult, especially compared to those for rideshare platforms like Uber and Lyft, or other jobs you could do.