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How Does Uber Eats Work for Drivers? Apply for Uber Eats: Driver Tutorial

Apply for Uber Eats in 9 steps with this simple tutorial. We’ll share requirements for this app so you can jump in the driver’s seat as soon as possible.

Just as Uber has revolutionized the on-demand transportation industry, the company is also looking to make waves in the popular and convenient food delivery space with their Uber Eats driver network.

Spoiler alert: It’s now more popular than ever and growing at an incredibly rapid pace.

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Uber Eats is an app that allows users to order food with the press of a button. It’s convenient, inexpensive, and giving full-on delivery services like Postmates and DoorDash a run for their money.

Making money from the comfort of your vehicle doesn’t require you to share your car with strangers. With Uber Eats, you bypass a handful of the restrictions that come with ridesharing and get to earning faster — in some cases, even without a car.

If Uber isn’t for you, but you still want your car to pay for itself, you can apply for Uber Eats and turn food delivery into your next great gig.

Sound like something you might like to hop on board with? This comprehensive tutorial will guide you through exactly what it takes to apply for Uber Eats.


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Apply to Deliver with Uber Eats
  • Visit the Ridester Marketplace
  • Navigate to the Uber Eats listing
  • Click the application link
  • Fill out the required information
  • Once approved, start delivering!

Before you apply for Uber Eats, you’ll want to make sure that you qualify for the gig in the first place.

We’ll briefly cover the Uber Eats requirements below, but for more information on which requirements you need to meet, please check out this post for full details.

While it’s fairly easy to be eligible for Uber Eats deliveries, going through these requirements ahead of time can spare you the effort of applying in case you don’t qualify.

To become an Uber Eats driver, you must:

  • Meet minimum age requirements in your city (usually 19 years old)
  • Have at least a year of driving experience
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have proof of car insurance and up-to-date vehicle registration
  • Pass a background check
  • Be able to carry 30 pounds or more
  • Have a smartphone that can run the Uber Driver app (iOS 11.0, Android 5.0, or later)

If your city offers bike delivery services, you can sign up to deliver with even more relaxed requirements. When applying to deliver on bike, your age requirement drops to 18 years old and you get the option of uploading a state ID instead of a driver’s license — no vehicle registration or insurance necessary.


Uber Eats Vehicle Requirements

Once you know that you’re a qualified Uber Eats delivery person, you’ll want to make sure that your mode of transportation is eligible, too. In order to start earning, you must have one of the following:

  • A car: Two-door or four-door vehicle that’s no more than 20 years old.
  • A motorized scooter: A scooter under 50cc that’s no more than 20 years old.
  • A bike: A standard, unmotorized bicycle.

Vehicle age requirements may vary based on your location. Uber expects delivery drivers to have vehicles with no major damages, dents, or missing parts, though cosmetic requirements are much more lax than those set for rideshare drivers.

I wrote a very detailed post about both the driver and vehicle requirements that Uber Eats drivers must fulfill. We touched on the basics above, but I’d suggest checking out my article for all the stuff we didn’t cover above.  You can that post here.


How to Apply for Uber Eats

If you’re confident that you’ll qualify to drive or bike Uber Eats, or just want to give it a go, you can follow the painless process below to sign up as a delivery partner from your computer. If you’re an active rideshare driver with Uber, move on to the next section of this article for an even simpler three-step process.

Apply to Deliver with Uber Eats
  • Visit the Ridester Marketplace
  • Navigate to the Uber Eats listing
  • Click the application link
  • Fill out the required information
  • Once approved, start delivering!

1. Go to this sign-up page on Ridester Marketplace and fill in the form with your email, first name, last name, phone number, preferred password, and location. Then, tap “Next.”

2. Select your mode of transportation and tap “Continue.”

3. Tap “Background Check” on the next page. Then, tap “Agree” to authorize a background check. You can check the box to receive a complimentary copy of your results.

4. Type in your Social Security number, read the disclosure, and check the box next to “I agree and acknowledge.” Then, tap “Submit” and move on to the next step.

5. The next step should be the “Driver’s License” section (or “Photo ID” section, if you selected bike delivery). Here, you can select “Take Photo With My Phone” and get instructions for uploading your driver’s license sent to your phone number. Alternatively, you can select “Upload Photo” to upload a file from your computer. Once successful, you can tap “Go to Next Step.”

6. If you selected bike delivery, move on to step 9 in this tutorial. If you selected car or scooter delivery, your next step will be uploading your proof of vehicle insurance, which must include your name, vehicle identification number (VIN), insurance company, and the expiration date of your plan. You can again select “Take Photo With My Phone” or choose “Upload Photo.” Once successful, tap “Go to Next Step.”

7. You’ll then be asked to take or upload a picture of your vehicle registration. This picture must include your car or scooter’s make, model, year, VIN, and license plate number, as well as the expiration date of the registration. Select “Take Photo With My Phone” or choose “Upload Photo,” then move on to the next step once successful.

8. The final step is uploading your profile photo. This should be a well-lit headshot of you with no hat or sunglasses. Again, select “Take Photo With My Phone” or choose to “Upload Photo” from your computer.

Once you’ve completed all of these steps, all that’s left to do is wait for your documents to be approved and for your background check to come back clean. This usually only takes a week or less, though this may vary depending on the volume of applications at any given time.

When you are fully accepted, you’re all set to jump online on your Uber Driver app for iPhone or Android to receive Uber delivery requests.

Apply For Additional Delivery Services and Earn Even More!
Uber Eats is great, but there are more services you can apply for. Due to high demand, many are quickly onboarding drivers.
We recommend also applying for:

Uber Eats Driver Requirements

Uber Eats Driver Promotions

If you want to boost your earnings straight away, we recommend taking advantage of an Uber Eats driver invite code to get a real cash bonus.

Here are currently active promo codes that will get you a bonus worth up to $1,100 when you complete a designated amount of requests in your city:

  • eleonorap248ue
  • vincentc12656ue
  • eats-uber94und
  • arielg5360ue

If you want to help out an Uber driver you know, you can ask them for their invite code instead, so you can both earn some extra cash. Your selected invite code can be applied on the sign-up form (see step 2 of the “How to Apply for Uber Eats” section) before you tap “Submit.”

Promotions for Uber Eats drivers are an entire beast of their own, so I won’t go into too much detail about those here. We broke them down in detail in separate posts:


How Does Uber Eats Work for Delivery Partners?

Delivering for Uber Eats is very simple. With a little time, you’ll easily learn.

If you’re currently an Uber driver and want to add Uber Eats requests to your work days, you can do so in three simple steps. Anyone and any vehicle eligible for Uber is already more than qualified for Uber Eats.

Follow these directions to get extra cash by picking up and delivering food from local restaurants in between your typical rideshare requests:

    • On the bottom right hand corner of your map screen, tap on the status bar.
    • Tap on the settings cog icon to get to your “Driver Preferences” section.
    • Select “Deliveries” and opt into Uber Eats deliveries. You’ll need to accept the terms that come with delivery to start getting requests.

The “Driver Preferences” section is also where you can go to turn off UberX or other rideshare service requests, if you want to solely focus on food delivery.

It’s worth noting that regardless of which services you’re providing, you’ll only ever need the Uber Driver app. The Uber Eats app and the Uber app are both customer-facing and will not send you requests.

How to Get Uber Eats Requests as an Uber Driver

Once you have opted in to Uber Eats, you’ll start receiving delivery requests once your account is approved for Uber Eats deliveries. When I opted in through my driver app, it took about 3 days for my approval to go through.

When you’re online, you’ll receive delivery opportunities through your Uber Driver app when local users place nearby food orders. As a note, Uber Eats drivers cannot deliver alcohol unlike some other companies. If you’d like to do that, you’ll have to check out this list of alcohol delivery apps.

If you accept the delivery, grab your car, bike, or scooter (depending on which “vehicle” option you signed up with) and head to the restaurant to pick up the delivery order. Once the order is picked up, navigate to the customer’s location to drop off the food.

In some cases, you may be given a multi-restaurant trip. This just means that you’ll receive a second request while picking up an order, if you’re close to a restaurant that another user is requesting from. In these cases, you’ll simply pick up both orders and deliver them to the customers.

Earn Money

Since transactions and credit card payments are handled directly through the Uber Eats app, the delivery process is very simple for delivery partners. As soon as your delivery is complete, you’ll see how much you made from the order added to the “Total Earnings” section on your Earnings tab. Tips from customers may be applied later if they don’t tip immediately.

Driver pay is based on the total cost of the order, which can vary based on a few factors, similar to the cost of an Uber ride. These include the app’s pick-up fee, drop-off fee, delivery fee, and mileage fee. Surge pricing can also apply if demand for delivery in a particular location is high, and small cart fees can apply if users order less than a minimum amount.

In most cases, you should receive a direct deposit in your bank account by the following Tuesday, and the funds will be available for use by the next day. However, Uber Eats delivery partners who register their debit card with Instant Pay can cash out up to five times per day.


Uber Eats Order Types

When picking up a customer’s food for a delivery order, there are two types of delivery options that you can expect: curbside deliveries and walk-in deliveries.

Different cities have their own delivery terms that determine which type of order delivery partners can expect. To find yours, check out your city on the Uber Eats website, then find your city on the list. You’ll be able to see which of the two types below are available.

1. Curbside Deliveries

When you pull up to a customer’s location for this type of Uber Eats delivery, they’ll be notified and instructed via the Uber Eats app to meet you outside. You are able to remain in your vehicle and hand them their order without having to get out. This type of delivery is much more convenient for you as a driver, since it doesn’t require you to exit your vehicle, search for parking, and get on foot to find the customer’s residence or office.

2. Walk-In Drop-Off Deliveries

This type of delivery falls in line with most other typical food deliveries. After arriving at a customer’s location, you’ll walk into the office, lobby, or up to the door and meet them to hand them their food. It’s always best to let the customer know as you’re arriving, so they don’t have to endure any long waits for their food. This is a small customer service detail that can help boost your tips.


Frequently Asked Questions

Once you apply for Uber Eats and are approved to drive, your work schedule is completely up to you. Here are our answers to three common questions to help you learn more about this flexible gig:

1. How much do Uber Eats drivers make?

According to Glassdoor, the average Uber Eats driver makes $11 per hour, which is slightly below average Uber driver earnings. However, this isn’t to say that you can’t make significantly more.

By taking advantage of busy area fees (which is similar to surge pricing) and promotions, as well as providing exemplary service to land greater tips, you can be making even more than an Uber driver without the cost of keeping your car in pristine condition.

Related: How Much Do Uber Drivers Make? Ridester’s 2020 Earnings Study

2. Can I drive for multiple food delivery apps at once?

Just as you can drive for Uber and Lyft at the same time, it is possible to drive (or even bike) for multiple food delivery apps — such as Uber Eats, Postmates, and Grubhub — all at once.

This can help you maximize your earnings and get back-to-back delivery requests. Just make sure to go offline your other apps once you accept a food order on one, as you don’t want constant notifications when you’re already busy with a pick-up or drop-off.

3. Do I need to pass a 19-point vehicle inspection to start delivering with Uber Eats?

Uber Eats drivers typically aren’t required to complete the annual Uber vehicle inspection, since you won’t be transporting any riders, though local regulations may differ. If you are asked to complete an inspection, you can contact Uber support to make sure the request is accurate before you waste any time.

Uber Eats Delivery: Start Earning With Food Delivery

If you’re looking for a flexible gig outside of the ridesharing world, delivering meals to hungry customers may be the perfect opportunity for you to earn. Uber Eats is one of the leading platforms for on-demand food delivery in the United States, which means you can earn plenty of cash just by driving, biking, or riding your motorized scooter throughout your city. Whether you want to make money part-time or full-time, you can use our guide to apply for Uber Eats and get the earnings you need.

Once you’ve given Uber Eats a try, you may want to consider your alternatives or add a second delivery app to your list of gigs. To help you get started, here’s everything you need to know about DoorDash, the current leading platform in the industry.


Brett Helling

Brett Helling is the owner of Ridester.com. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber, Lyft, and Postmates. In 2014 he acquired Ridester.com to share his experiences with other drivers. His insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche. Read more about Brett here.

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