Uber Driver Requirements 101

So, you want to become an Uber driver.

It’s a good move. Your ride has great earning potential. Why waste it by letting it sit there?

While driving for Uber won’t get you rich quickly, it’s a great alternative or additional source of income. Plus, it has some great additional perks: Martin over at Studenomics drove for Uber and loved learning more about his city and hearing great stories from his passengers. Besides, Uber offers more flexible hours than any desk job you might find.

Driving for Uber is different from a desk job in another regard, too: no traditional interview to qualify you for the job.

This is a great thing — no daunting, awkward, blind-date-like encounter to show up to.

But do you qualify, then? What steps do you need to take to make your ambition a reality?

It can be hard to find out the exact requirements from Uber’s landing page, which lists only three vague qualifications:

uber driver requirements

Plus, some of Uber’s requirements vary by market and location. Luckily, we’ve broken down Uber’s driver requirements for you step by step, so you can get on the road and start earning.

Let’s start with what Uber requires of you, personally:

Driver Requirements

Age 21 or over

First things first: if you’re not 21 yet, you’re not qualified to drive for Uber. Sorry

  • Clean background check

You’ll also need to be able to pass a background check.

Going back 7 years, the background check looks at the following to ascertain your eligibility:

  • County courthouse records for every county of residence
  • Federal courthouse records
  • The multi-state criminal database
  • Motor Vehicle Records
  • Social Security Trace
  • National Sex Offender Registry  

In order to pass, your background check will need to be clear of:

  • DUIs or drug-related offenses (this extends back for ten years if you’re in California)
  • Fatal vehicular accidents
  • Reckless driving
  • Incidents of driving without a license or insurance
  • Other criminal history – felonies or misdemeanors involving theft or violence
  • Speeding violations of 20 mph or greater over the speed limit in the last three years
  • Any other motor vehicle incidents in excess of the three allowed over the last three years (these include speeding tickets)

Uber does not perform a credit check.

In short, in order to drive for Uber, you need to not have a criminal record and have minimal traffic incidents. You need to be a good, safe, sober driver — the kind of person you’d want to pick you up.

  • In-State U.S. Driver’s License, Registration, and Insurance

Uber makes sure you’re not a brand new driver by requiring that you’ve had your U.S. driver’s license for a minimum of one year. If you’re under 23, that bumps up to three required years of licensing history.

Sorry, out-of-state college students: your license must be in the state you want to work in. If you meet the minimum drive-time requirement but haven’t had your license in the same state the whole time, you may need to verify your licensing history. Keep your old out-of-state licenses – you may need them for proof!

Although Uber offers extended insurance coverage while you’re on the job, you need personal auto insurance in your name in order to qualify.

Your car also needs to be registered with the state, although it doesn’t have to be in your name.

Sound good so far? Good! What else do you need to get started driving for Uber?

Well, you need a car. We’ll go over this in more depth in another post, but you should know a few things to make sure your ride fits the bill.

Car Requirements

For the purposes of this post, we’ll be discussing the requirements to drive for UberX, the most accessible of Uber’s rideshare programs. If you have a large or luxury car, you could look into driving for UberXL or UberPlus/Select, a luxury rideshare opportunity available in some cities. (If you don’t have a car you can rent one from us)

First of all, if your car is older than a 2000 model, it will not meet Uber’s qualifications. In some markets, that year moves up to 2005 — and in some, all the way up to 2011.

Your car must also have in-state plates and four doors. It needs to be able to seat four potential passengers, not including you, the driver.

Of course, it also needs to be safe — it can’t be salvaged, and it can’t be marked or a taxi. Uber will require photos of your car to ensure that it is presentable, and you will also have to get a safety inspection at an approved vendor.

It’s easy: you print out Uber’s inspection form and take it to an approved local vendor. The inspection is in-depth, though, covering 19 different parts of your vehicle from the brake lights to the bumpers. Make sure your car is ready to go!

You’ll be paying for this inspection out-of-pocket, so it’s worthwhile to shop around. 

Note: We recommend checking out our friends at  Rideshare Mechanic. This service conducts a video vehicle inspection, which eliminates the inconvenient process of going to a Jiffy Lube or local mechanic. No more getting stuck in traffic, wasting money on gas, or dealing with a mechanic who wants to upsell you on other parts. Their cost is comparable to your local mechanic, and you don’t pay unless your car passes the inspection.

Click HERE to sign up with Rideshare Mechanic and get your vehicles inspected quickly and efficiently.

Once you register with Uber, you’ll be able to see the requirements for your specific market. Some markets require that you use a decal or tag to identify your car as an Uber car, but it depends on your location.

One more thing – and maybe this goes without saying, but: you need an internet-capacitative mobile device (i.e., a SmartPhone). Uber might try to rent you one, but click here to find out why you should use your own.

Okay, ready to get started?

According to Cincinnati driver Brian Cole, the process is pretty painless and doesn’t take too long — most drivers are up and running within a week!

To start your own Uber earning journey, head on over to Uber’s website, and fill out the easy form on their landing page:

Once you do, you’ll be able to start the background check process and upload necessary forms, as well as get the app and watch a welcome video.

The amount of time it takes for your background check to go through depends on the amount of new driver traffic Uber is experiencing.

If your background check is taking longer than expected (more than seven to ten days), or if your uploaded documents are not being processed, you are able to e-mail Uber support through the portal. Brian mentions that partner support is attentive even over the weekends, often responding within the hour.

Then, upload your license, registration, car and inspection photos. Congratulations! You just started earning money with your own car (and on your own terms!) with Uber.

What was it like for you to become an Uber driver? What tips do you have on going through the process? Let us know in the comments!

By | 2020-08-07T15:19:59-07:00 January 14th, 2020|32 Comments


  1. Tad Vogl June 22, 2016 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Uber just told me that they will only allow one moving violation in the past year.

    • James R July 4, 2016 at 7:00 am - Reply

      Hi Tad, thanks for the info, what Uber says, goes (on their platform)

  2. Nycole Jackson July 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Uber goes back more than 7 years on background checks.. Fact!

  3. James R October 27, 2016 at 5:35 am - Reply

    Hi Miriam,

    I would contact Uber support and ask them to see if you still qualify.

  4. eddie October 31, 2016 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Drive for LYFT……. They actually work with you there!! Plus you can talk to a live person and you make a ton more money!!

  5. James R November 7, 2016 at 6:05 am - Reply

    Hi Charity,

    I would message Uber directly

  6. David March 8, 2017 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Does a 0 point impeding traffic count as a moving violation or just looked at as an expensive parking ticket?

  7. David March 8, 2017 at 1:25 am - Reply

    Also, if you have a ticket on your record, but it was later expunged off your record. Will uber ever reconsider hiring or rehiring you if a ticket was expunged as you were able to plead your case in court and reverse the decision? Will they run an additional check for you if you were denied because a few moving violations that were later expunged through the judicial process and found innocent of the traffic violation? In simple terms, the ticket was on your record initially with the DMV checkr test, but a month later it’s off after appealed? Will uber than reconsider there decision?

    • Nate Ryan April 26, 2017 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      All of this will appear on your background check, but it’s up to our verification team to decide. If you fail the check, you will be refunded anyways, so go for it! Thanks for asking!

  8. Sargit July 14, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Does Toyota Camry
    2014 has 49 thousand and salvage title and great condition for uber

    • HyreCar July 19, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Unfortunately we do not accept vehicles with salvaged titles.

  9. Mitchell July 25, 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    I moved here from England five years ago. I have a permanent resident card allowing me to live and work here. Will the 7 year background check be an issue?

  10. Mitchell July 25, 2017 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Can you start the background check prior to buying your car?

  11. Kevin August 3, 2017 at 1:50 am - Reply

    I have 1 point for Red Stop, Must stop at limit line and 2 minor accident! Do I qualify as Uber Driver? Thanks

  12. Jaton August 10, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    I had a ticket for driving with a permit 3 years ago but it should not have shown on my record…will that effect me working for uber?

    • HyreCar August 11, 2017 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      HyreCar is not in charge of Uber verification, but it should not affect your work.

  13. Traves Atherton August 22, 2017 at 1:29 am - Reply

    I was driving on a suspended license 7 months ago and had no Idea payed my insurance for the year and it was cancelled and registration was suspended do to my license. How can I be a driver? Is there a time frame I can wait to be a driver with the info I gave?

    • HyreCar August 23, 2017 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Hey Traves, if you are clear to drive with Uber, there should be no problem in becoming a HyreCar driver (passing our background check). In the case that you don’t pass, the amount you pay is fully refundable ($29.99).

  14. Shannon Dohr- Andersen August 27, 2017 at 1:13 am - Reply

    I have an SR22 because several years ago, I was pulled over for expired registration and a suspended license. Although my insurance has lapsed once in the past 3 years (an error on Geico’s part), I wasn’t driving and rectified that immediately. I’ve been an insured driver on the company fleet vehicle where I work. Does the lapsed insurance disqualify me?

    • HyreCar August 29, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      The easiest way to find out is to sign up Uber (it is free), if no issues arise, you are good to go.

  15. Nat March 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    In 2015 the DMV suspended my license for no insurance even though I had insurance – they admitted to me they messed up, but nothing in writing of course. I got it all straightened out and was good to go, but now it shows on my background check that I was driving with a suspended license! I have nothing else on my record. Do you know if I will be accepted, or need to provide some type of documentation?

    • Aidan McKevitt March 23, 2018 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      Hey Nat, I would say your best would be to talk with DMV directly about the mark on your background check and ask them to expunge it. Then redo the background check

  16. LANDRY April 6, 2018 at 12:12 am - Reply


    • Aidan McKevitt April 6, 2018 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      Hi Landry, Uber may or may not disqualify you depending on the terms of the probation and for what the probation is in response to. We would suggest completing the background check with Uber or talking directly with a representative to explain your situation. Good luck!

  17. Michael June 23, 2018 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    2015 Prius acceptable car 30,000 miles like new condition

  18. Omar August 24, 2018 at 11:50 am - Reply

    I have a speeding ticket from December 2015 for speeding over 100 mph will that disqualify me for 7 years?

    • Aidan McKevitt August 27, 2018 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      Hi Omar! For our background check, you may still be eligible. We do require a one-time background check for first-time drivers, which is normally $29.99 and only takes a few hours. However, use code FREEBGC for a free background check!

  19. MARLA FIMBRES October 11, 2018 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I have a quick question. When Uber receives The Applicants Driving Record and there’s a issue date and a Conviction date on an infraction , which date does Uber consider?
    Thank You So much

    • Manny B. October 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Hello Marla,

      Please ask Uber’s Support Team as they would be best in answering that question. Thank you for reading our blog!

  20. Demetrio Rubio December 4, 2018 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    I’m on probation, can I drive Uber?

  21. Charles November 4, 2020 at 7:44 am - Reply

    I have a out of state license at the moment and my appointment i was given for the IN state license is in 5 month. can i still work with you guys in a state with a out of state license? Is there exceptions in place at the moment due to covid-19?

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