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All the Uber Requirements You Need To Meet To Earn on the Road

By: // Updated: September 17, 2020

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Driving is something we’re all used to doing from week to week, so when you’re in need of cash, turning it into a career is an easy next step. Just by signing up to drive for Uber and completing trips, you can turn your navigation skills into a part-time or full-time job — as long as you meet some basic Uber requirements.

Like many on-demand driver apps, Uber is known for being incredibly simple to get started with. In fact, most drivers can qualify to drive for the top ridesharing brand.

Still, understanding exactly what Uber eligibility entails can help you figure out what services you qualify for and maximize your earnings when you drive.

In this article, we’ll guide you through all the Uber requirements you should be aware of.


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Uber Driver Requirements for 2020

The first thing to do before applying to become a driver is to see if you meet the Uber driver requirements that the company has put in place.

As a result of some low-quality drivers slipping through the cracks and causing incidents for riders, Uber has tightened the reins on who can actually drive passengers around town. These are not super tough, but establish simple minimum criteria for drivers on the road.

There are three parts to Uber driver requirements:

Here’s a video overview that outlines some of what we’ll cover below:


Minimum Requirements

Uber requirements set a baseline that every driver must meet before they can even apply. Every driver must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have at least one year of driving experience
  • Have a valid driver’s license issued by the U.S.
  • You must drive a 4-door car, truck, or minivan with a clean title, and that is at least 2006 or newer (year varies by city)

If you want to drive for higher-earning Uber services, you may need to meet additional driver requirements, like minimum ratings. We’ll dive into these further when we discuss higher-tier vehicle options.

If you meet the minimum requirements, then you need to have the following paperwork:

Paperwork

During the Uber application process, there are a few documents you should have ready. These include:

These are pretty standard documents, and if you have a vehicle and drive it, you should already have all these in place.

Uber Background Check

Once you’ve signed up to drive, you’ll also need to submit an application for a background check. This check reviews your driving record and criminal history, which is a vital step in keeping passengers safe.

Each Uber background check varies by state, but in general, drivers need to pass a few things in their background checks.

According to Uber.com, the requirements include:

  • At least one year U.S. licensing history (if under 23 years old, must have at least three years licensing history)
  • A valid driver’s license and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) that shows:
    • No major moving violations, such as DUIs or reckless driving, within the last seven years
    • No more than three minor moving violations in the past three years, such as speeding tickets or failure to obey traffic laws
  • A criminal record that does not include a conviction for a felony, violent crime, or sexual offense within the last seven years, among other things such as a registration on the U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public website

Uber background checks are initiated by Checkr, Inc., a third-party source of background checks that is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners. The check is safe and secure, and it doesn’t cost potential drivers a dime.

Unfortunately, it is possible to not make it past the background check. If you’ve been on the wrong side of the law, there are a few things that could disqualify you from being an Uber driver.

Uber re-runs the background check and driving record check at least once every year, so you need to maintain your good standing as long as you want to remain an Uber driver.

If you any of the following apply to you, you will be immediately disqualified from the driver application and not be able to drive.

You will face disqualification if within the past seven years you have had:

  • A DUI or drug-related driving conviction
  • Fraud
  • Reckless driving
  • Hit and runs
  • Violent crimes (assault, battery, homicide)
  • Acts of terror
  • Sexual offenses
  • Crimes involving property damage
  • A felony or misdemeanor for theft (burglary, stealing, robbery, or anything similar)
  • Fatal accidents
  • Resisting or evading arrest
  • Any other felony

You will face disqualification if within the past three years you have had:

  • Driving on a suspended, revoked, or invalid license
  • Driving with suspended, revoked, or invalid insurance

You will face disqualification if within the past three years you have had a total of three minor violations or incidents including:

  • Accidents
  • Normal speeding tickets
  • Miscellaneous driving violations (traffic violations)

You will face disqualification for UberBLACK if within the past five years you have had a total of five minor violations or incidents including:

  • Accidents
  • Normal speeding tickets
  • Miscellaneous driving violations (traffic violations)
  • You MUST have a smartphone. Your phone should be an iPhone 4s or newer or an Android 2013 or newer. This is important to being a driver as you need to have a phone that can run the Uber app flawlessly or you will miss ride requests. Uber also offers a service to help you get a smartphone if you don’t have one.
  • If you are driving in the U.S., you need to a use a U.S. cell phone number so you can communicate with your passengers. (Believe it or not, I’ve seen people from the UK asking about driving in Texas with their UK mobile number. That won’t work, because your passengers can’t get in touch with you.)

This list might seem long, but if you have a relatively clean driving record, with no criminal history, you should be good to go.

Now, let’s move on to the actual types of Uber vehicles available to riders and drivers.


Uber Car Requirements for 2020

The second part of the Uber requirements is a little more detailed, and it really just depends on which service you’re looking to drive for.

Types of Uber Cars

Uber offers several different services for their passengers to choose from.

The service allows passengers to choose what type of vehicle and what caliber of service they want. Not all services are available in all cities.

But like passengers, drivers can also select their preference from the list of Uber vehicle types:

  • UberX is the basic Uber service. Any 4-door car, mini-van, or truck can qualify for UberX (as long as it meets the minimum age and safety requirements, which we discuss below).
  • UberXL is for larger vehicles such as minivans and SUVs that can fit more passengers.
  • UberSELECT is for introductory luxury vehicles with a leather interior.
  • UberBLACK is for those wishing for a luxury sedan experience. These are black on black premium cars and require professional drivers. They also require mid-size or full-size cars.
  • UberSUV is for luxury SUVs. It’s the high-capacity version of UberBLACK, with vehicles seating up to six passengers.
  • UberLUX is for only the highest-end luxury vehicles and drivers.
  • UberPOOL is a basic UberX experience that offers more affordable rates. UberPOOL passengers may end up carpooling with other UberPOOL riders.
  • UberT or UberTAXI is Uber’s taxi service.

It is important to note that because the Uber vehicle types are so different, the Uber car requirements for each type of vehicle will also be different.

After selecting the type of service they’d like to drive for, hopeful drivers and their vehicle of choice must meet some basic Uber car requirements when applying to drive.

This is another step that the company takes to keep riders safe. After all, who wants to ride around in a vehicle with broken brakes or a cracked windshield? Not me.

So what exactly makes your vehicle qualify for Uber? In addition to being registered and covered by car insurance, your vehicle must:

  • Be a four-door car
  • Have at least five seats and five seat belts, including the driver’s
  • Meet local model year requirements (usually by being no more than 10-15 years old)
  • Be in good condition with no cosmetic damage, branding, or modifications
  • Pass an annual Uber vehicle inspection

The vehicle inspection will look over 19 critical parts of your vehicle for functionality and safety, including your headlights, steering wheel, exhaust system, and doors. This is free to complete at your local Uber Greenlight Hub and usually takes about an hour.

If you meet all the basic driver and vehicle requirements, you are already qualified to drive for the company’s most basic economy services. These include UberX, the most popular rideshare option, and UberPool, which allows you to pick up and drop off multiple groups of riders along the same route. Pretty much any standard sedan like the Toyota Camry or Toyota Prius should fit the bill.

Before we break these down individually, Uber has put some vehicle restrictions in place. I’m not sure why all of these exist, but I would assume it’s to better the passenger experience.

  • You are not able to drive for Uber with a full-size van (Ford Transit, Ford E-Series, GMC Savana)
  • Taxis and other marked vehicles are not accepted (with the exception of UberTAXI).
  • The use of Crown Victoria is prohibited.
  • Uber does not allow the use of salvaged vehicles.

If your vehicle passes these restrictions, continue reading.


UberX Requirements

UberX, the most basic and inexpensive type of service, seats up to four passengers. These types of vehicles are regular sedans or possibly pickup trucks, and they’re nothing to write home about. They’re reliable and will get you where you need to go.

Of all the vehicle requirements that Uber mandates, drivers will have the easiest time getting approved for UberX since the vehicles are the most common types available, opening the door to extra income for many drivers around the world.

UberX vehicle requirements:

Example UberX vehicles:

  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Prius
  • Honda Civic
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Honda Accord
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Ford Focus
  • Chrysler 200

UberXL Requirements

UberXL vehicles must have seating for up to six passengers, and they are usually minivans and SUVs. Drivers for this service level make significantly more than UberX when driving for an UberXL fare. This is to justify the extra cost of the vehicle itself and the fact that, more often than not, these larger vehicles will consume more gas than smaller cars.

Please keep in mind, however, that you will also get UberX requests which do not pay the higher rate. Uber requires you to drive both UberX and UberXL, so don’t get frustrated when this occurs. It’s just part of the deal.

Full-time UberXL drivers can really benefit from working the early morning hours around hotels. This is when a lot of requests for airport rides come in.

Some of the drivers I know work the 10:00 p.m.–3:00 a.m. drunk shift, then eat breakfast and take a short break before the 4:30 a.m. tourist airport runs begin. They often sleep during the day when part-time drivers are working their day job.

Let’s say, for example, that in a given week you drove 500 miles at UberX rate of $1.10 per mile. That’s $550 in earnings. If you drove UberXL for just 100 additional miles, that would add $250. You can see how the UberXL fares can really add up!

UberXL vehicle requirements:

  • Must have 4 doors and be able to carry 6 passengers
  • Year varies by city – some require 2004 or newer, some require 2009 or newer
  • In-state car insurance, registration, and plates
  • Vehicle must pass an Uber inspection

Example UberXL vehicles:

  • Dodge Caravan
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Ford Explorer
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Honda Pilot
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Ford Expedition
  • Chrysler Town and Country
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Hyundai Santa Fe

UberSELECT Requirements

UberSELECT is an entry-level way to get into the luxury market without paying luxury car pricing. UberSELECT vehicles must seat up to four passengers and are typically a sedan that’s a step up from an UberX. All in all, both of these service levels are very similar to drive for.

UberSELECT vehicle requirements:

  • Must have 4 doors and comfortably fit 4 riders
  • Must be higher-end or luxury; this means at least a leather interior
  • Year varies by city — many require 2009 or newer
  • In-state car insurance, registration, and plates
  • Vehicle must pass an Uber inspection

Example UberSELECT vehicles:

  • Acura RDX
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Land Rover Discovery
  • Acura MDX
  • Chrysler 300
  • Lexus GS
  • BMW X3 and X5
  • Buick Enclave
  • Lexus LX

UberBLACK Requirements

UberBLACK is Uber’s luxury vehicle service type. Drivers must have commercial livery insurance and be commercially registered. This is one of the most expensive services for riders (which means it can really pay off for you as a driver if you can meet the requirements).

UberBLACK vehicles will be a step up from UberSELECT. For example, a BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, or Mercedes-Benz C Series may be OK for UberSELECT, but you will need at least a BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, or Mercedes-Benz E Class for UberBLACK. Additionally, the minimum model year jumps from 2009 to 2014.

UberBLACK vehicle requirements:

  • The vehicle must be a full-size SUV, crossover SUV, or sedan
  • Must be in near-immaculate condition
  • Must have a black exterior and interior
  • Must have 4 doors and comfortably fit 4 riders or more
  • Year varies by city — many require 2014 and newer
  • In-state car insurance, registration, and plates
  • Vehicle must pass an Uber inspection

Example UberBLACK vehicles:

  • Audi A6, A7, A8
  • Lexus LX
  • Porsche Panamera
  • BMW 5 Series
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Tesla Model S
  • BMW 7 Series
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • GMC Yukon XL

UberSUV Requirements

UberSUV is a service that combines luxury and size. Like UberBLACK, UberSUV is also a high-end luxury car offering.

With this service, drivers make the most money since the fares are highest both per mile and per minute.

These types of drivers usually drive for limo companies as well, making it a great part-time gig when they aren’t picking up other clients.

Usually, drivers must be commercially registered, maintain a commercial insurance policy, and have an airport permit.

UberSUV vehicle requirements:

  • The vehicle must be a full-size SUV with 4 doors and comfortably seat 6 passengers
  • Must be in near-immaculate condition
  • Must have a black exterior and interior
  • Year varies by city — many require 2014 and newer
  • In-state car insurance, registration, and plates
  • Vehicle must pass an Uber inspection

Example UberSUV vehicles:

  • Audi Q7
  • Lexus LX and GX
  • Nissan Armada
  • Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • GMC Denali
  • Ford Expedition Platinum
  • Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • Chevrolet Tahoe

UberLUX Requirements

If you want to really level up your earnings game, UberLUX is where you need to be. If you can afford an expensive car, then this service is for you.

There are multiple reports of UberLUX drivers earning almost six figures with these types of vehicles, if not even more. And it makes sense: People will pay more to get picked up in a nicer vehicle.

These are also the types of passengers that tip well, so add that to the mix, and you’re looking at some serious income.

The most luxurious and expensive service that is currently offered, UberLUX is the cream of the crop when it comes to rideshare vehicles.

This vehicle type is exclusive to exotic cars, meaning you’ll be picked up by a super cool car and driven around by top-rated drivers.

UberLUX vehicle requirements:

  • The vehicle must be a full-size SUV, crossover SUV, or sedan
  • Must be in near-immaculate condition
  • Must have a black exterior and interior
  • Year varies by city — many require 2013 and newer
  • In-state car insurance, registration, and plates
  • Vehicle must pass an Uber inspection

Example UberLUX vehicles:

  • Audi A8
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Jaguar XJ
  • BMW 7 Series
  • Tesla Model S
  • Infiniti XF
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Range Rover
  • Lexus GX

Frequently Asked Questions

Driving for Uber is a great gig for anyone who wants a flexible opportunity with a low barrier to entry. Read our answers to these common questions to learn more about what it takes to be eligible to earn:

1. How do Uber Eats requirements compare to Uber requirements?

Uber Eats driver requirements are significantly more relaxed than Uber requirements — 19-year-olds can drive and vehicle inspections aren’t required — so all approved Uber drivers are automatically eligible to deliver food, too. You won’t have to worry about meeting any additional requirements or filling in a second application.

Once you get approved as a rideshare driver, all you need to do to drive for Uber Eats is go into the “Driver Preferences” section of your Uber Driver app and turn on delivery requests.

2. How do Lyft requirements compare to Uber requirements?

Lyft driver requirements are pretty much identical to Uber requirements, and the company even uses the same third-party service to run its background checks. If you meet minimum requirements for Uber, you’ll likely be able to drive for at least one Lyft service in your area too.

3. Is the Uber driver gig available in all of the company’s markets?

Uber does not actively accept drivers in every single market. If driver supply is consistently high when compared to demand, Uber won’t take on any new drivers. Luckily, most markets do have at least one Uber driver gig available. It’s more common that Uber will close applications for specific services, usually luxury services that tend to see lower demand.


Begin Your Route to a Flexible Gig

There may not be any way around Uber requirements, but getting a full understanding of them can help you navigate the application process and get approved on your first try. The rideshare app is always looking for eligible applicants like you — whether you’re an everyday driver or a commercially licensed professional — to get on the road and start making money in as little as a few days.

As long as you love being behind the wheel and chatting with new people each day, ridesharing can be an enjoyable way to earn on your own schedule. Plus, if Uber doesn’t provide the driving experience you’re looking for, there are plenty of alternate rideshare platforms you can apply to instead.

15 thoughts on “All the Uber Requirements You Need To Meet To Earn on the Road”

  1. It seems that the car requirements vary depending on your location. I have a 2005 Toyota Camry. I live in Fall River MA. Does my car qualify?

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  2. It seems that the car requirements vary depending on your location. I have a 2005 Toyota Camry. I live in Fall River MA. Does my car qualify?

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  3. I own a 2013 RAM 1500 LARAMIE this is a luxury pick up truck 6000lbs 5.7 HEMI what would this vehicle be qualified as ..LX etc ?

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  4. Uber needs to truly get with the times when it comes to their app design. First of all, add a passenger number to the app so that all makes and models are allowed to drive for your company and also where client is going to give driver a heads up. Some of the smaller four door three passenger seated cares are much safer than same of these other cars!!!!!

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  5. Uber needs to truly get with the times when it comes to their app design. First of all, add a passenger number to the app so that all makes and models are allowed to drive for your company and also where client is going to give driver a heads up. Some of the smaller four door three passenger seated cares are much safer than same of these other cars!!!!!

    Reply
  6. I know I would love this Job. However I would need a car. If I Drive for you I would like an expensive car.
    Dress nice I have a excellent additude very positive
    Work well with others. Would work fulltime and I know Tac. and Sea. very well. My vehicle will always be top
    Notch and look forward to working each day. I love to drive. Went to Superior Training for Truck Driving in 80’s

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  7. I know I would love this Job. However I would need a car. If I Drive for you I would like an expensive car.
    Dress nice I have a excellent additude very positive
    Work well with others. Would work fulltime and I know Tac. and Sea. very well. My vehicle will always be top
    Notch and look forward to working each day. I love to drive. Went to Superior Training for Truck Driving in 80’s

    Reply

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