How Does Uber Eats Work for Drivers? Everything You Need To Know

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.

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.

Sound like something you might like to hop on board with? This Uber Eats driver guide will touch on everything you need to know to get started.

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Get paid every time you drop off an order to a customer. Payments are processed through the delivery app, so you don’t have to carry cash or worry about taking payment directly.
How to Get Started
  • Sign up using the link below and complete the sign up process.
  • Download the Uber Eats app and activate your account.
  • Once complete, you will be able to accept deliveries.

How Does Uber Eats Work?

Uber Eats is similar to the Uber ride-hailing app in the sense that it pairs users with nearby drivers. However, rather than receiving rides from these drivers, customers receive food at their specified location.

Once you log into the app, you can select different food items from the menus of your favorite local restaurants. After placing your order, the selected restaurant will accept the order and begin preparing your food. An Uber Eats delivery partner will then be dispatched to pick up the order and deliver it to your location.

It’s a simple yet highly efficient process that has thousands of customers paying Uber Eats’ service and delivery fees in exchange for convenience — which translates to thousands of earning opportunities for drivers.

How Does Uber Eats Work for Delivery Partners?

Earning as an Uber delivery partner is extremely easy. To do so, follow this simple three-step process:

1. Sign Up

There are two primary ways to sign up to be an Uber Eats driver.

If you have never driven for any Uber service before, visit this page to begin the sign-up process in minutes. During this process, you’ll be asked to create your account, submit required documents (including your driver’s license and proof of insurance), and other basic information.

Also as a part of this process, you’ll also be asked to provide a social security number for a basic background check. Once your background check is complete — usually within a couple days — and you’re cleared, you’ll receive an email to help you get started on your application. From here, you’ll be able to download the app, log in, and start accepting deliveries.

Screenshot of sign up form to become an uber eats driver

The second way to sign up to be an Uber Eats driver is reserved for anyone who is already earning as an Uber rideshare driver. All you need to do is open your Uber Driver app and do one of the following:

  • Scroll down to the message that reads, “Get More Requests by Upgrading to Delivery” and select “Yes! I want to do delivery!”
  • Open your app menu and select “Account” then select “Vehicle Options.”

In both cases, you’ll receive prompts to accept delivery terms and opt in to delivery requests. If you’re not seeing either of these sign-up options on the Uber Driver app, you can also opt in within the delivery section of when you log in.

2. Receive and Complete a Delivery Request

Once you have opted in to Uber Eats, you’ll start receiving delivery requests.

When you’re online, you’ll receive delivery opportunities through your Uber Driver app when local users place nearby food orders. 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.

3. Earn Money

Money on a marble countertop

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 Delivery Driver Requirements

Women Driving Car

To be eligible to drive for Uber Eats, you must:

  • Be at least 19 years of age (18, if bike delivery is available in your area)
  • Have a driver’s license, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration
  • Have at least one year of driving experience
  • Be able to pass a background check
  • Be able to lift at least 30 pounds

Drivers also must have a vehicle that fits the Uber Eats vehicle requirements, which tend to be more relaxed than Uber vehicle requirements. Your vehicle must be less than 15 years old, insured and registered in your state, and in good condition. The only way to bypass these requirements is if bike or scooter delivery is available in your city.

You also must be located in a market where Uber Eats delivery is available. Uber Eats is currently in hundreds of cities across the world, including Los Angeles and New York City. Check out the full list of cities where Uber Eats is available.

Again, if you are already an existing Uber driver partner, and Uber Eats delivery is available in your area, you’ll be able to apply to deliver with Uber Eats within your app or driver portal. In this case, you’ll only need to opt in without going through this sign-up process again.

Uber Eats Order Types

Uber Eats Driver on a Bike

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.

Uber Eats Delivery: A Solid Income Supplement

As you can see, adding Uber Eats delivery to your portfolio has the ability to diversify your income streams and provide you with more ways of making money on your own schedule. It’s especially convenient if you’re already an Uber driver — you can seamlessly mix both types of driving within the same app and earn extra cash during slow times for the Uber rideshare app.

But don’t just take our word for it. Sign up today using the link below to start delivering.

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