Driving for Uber is a popular way to earn money while having the flexibility to make your own work schedule. In most instances, you’ll need at least a car, a driver’s license, and car insurance. But figuring out other requirements to drive for Uber’s various services can be confusing and time-consuming. Here, we lay out the details for you so you know whether you—and your vehicle—are eligible.
Uber’s Driving Requirements
There’s no one list of Uber driving requirements, because each Uber rideshare driving tier has slightly different rules. That said, no matter what type of Uber driver you want to be, you’ll need:
- An eligible four-door vehicle
- Auto insurance if you’ll drive your own car
- A valid driver’s license
- One year of driving experience
- Cleared criminal background check
- Proof of residency
You’re allowed to use a scooter or bicycle to deliver for Uber Eats, but you’ll still need a license and insurance for a scooter, and you’ll need state identification no matter how you plan to get around.
Age and License Requirements
You’ll have to check the rules for your city in the U.S. to see exact requirements, but in general, Uber drivers must have a valid U.S. driver’s license and meet their city’s minimum driving age requirement. In addition, drivers need at least one year of licensed driving experience or three years if they’re under 23 years of age.
Uber Eats drivers must also meet the minimum driving age requirements in their city, have a valid driver’s license for the class of vehicle they drive, and have at least one year of driving experience if doing car deliveries. Bike riders must typically be 18 years old and may be able to use a U.S.-issued state ID instead of a driver’s license.
The type of vehicle allowed depends on your choice of Uber service, driving tier, and location. Uber Eats and Uber rideshare drivers should check the rules for their city for exact vehicle requirements. Uber drivers can also review Uber’s list of eligible vehicles for their city to see which services their vehicles is approved for. Some municipalities may also require a vehicle inspection.
In general, here’s what you can expect for different services:
- Two- or four-door cars qualify, with no restrictions on the vehicle’s make and model
- No specifications listed for bikes
- Motorized scooters or mopeds must be under 50cc
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) must match VIN on insurance documents
Typical minimum requirements for all vehicles and tiers:
- Four doors and room for at least four passengers
- Be less than 15 years old
- Title cannot be salvaged, reconstructed, or rebuilt
- No cosmetic damage, commercial branding, taxi paint jobs, or missing pieces
- Rentals must be from an Uber-approved lender
- Appears on the list of models eligible for the Uber tier you want to drive for
Below are some additional vehicle requirements for specific tiers, which may vary by city.
- At least five factory-installed seat belts and seats
- Cannot be a van, box truck, or similar vehicle
- No aftermarket seating modifications
- Same as UberX, but must have seven factory-installed seat belts and seats
- More legroom than the compact cars eligible for UberX
- Be less than 5 years old
- Black exterior
- Black or vegan leather interior
- Working windows
- Working A/C
- No visible stains
Uber Black SUV
- All Uber Black requirements
- Room for at least six passengers
All Uber drivers must maintain car insurance that meets or exceeds their state’s minimum level of financial responsibility. Also, if you’re driving a vehicle you don’t own, you must be named on the car’s insurance policy as an insured driver.
Uber doesn’t provide much guidance beyond these guidelines, but rideshare and delivery drivers must notify their insurers that they’re working with Uber. That’s because rideshare and delivery driving often violate the terms and conditions listed on most personal auto policies. If you don’t let your insurer know, they may cancel your policy if they find out.
Uber does provide drivers with limited insurance when you’re logged into the app but waiting for a match, and more comprehensive coverage from the time you accept a ride or delivery until you end it. But your insurer may still require you to purchase additional coverage through a rideshare policy add-on or commercial insurance.
Some municipalities, like New York City, require all rideshare drivers to carry commercial insurance, and not every insurer offers rideshare policies in every state.
All Uber drivers must pass a criminal background check and a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) review. Most background checks take three to five days, but they can sometimes take longer. In certain cities, your car may need to pass a vehicle inspection.
Higher Uber service tiers may have additional requirements. Uber Black drivers, for instance, may need at least 100 trips on UberX, UberPool, or UberXL to be eligible. They may also need to maintain a 4.85 rating or better from their most recent 500 rides, as will Uber Black SUV and Comfort drivers.
Uber Black and Black SUV drivers must have commercial insurance and may need to provide additional documentation.
Finally, remember that not all your earnings will stay in your pocket—you’ll need to pay taxes on your rideshare income.