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:
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:
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)
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.
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!
Uber just told me that they will only allow one moving violation in the past year.
Hi Tad, thanks for the info, what Uber says, goes (on their platform)
Uber goes back more than 7 years on background checks.. Fact!
I would contact Uber support and ask them to see if you still qualify.
Drive for LYFT……. They actually work with you there!! Plus you can talk to a live person and you make a ton more money!!
I would message Uber directly
Does a 0 point impeding traffic count as a moving violation or just looked at as an expensive parking ticket?
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?
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!
Does Toyota Camry
2014 has 49 thousand and salvage title and great condition for uber
Unfortunately we do not accept vehicles with salvaged titles.
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?
Can you start the background check prior to buying your car?
I have 1 point for Red Stop, Must stop at limit line and 2 minor accident! Do I qualify as Uber Driver? Thanks
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 is not in charge of Uber verification, but it should not affect your work.
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?
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).
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?
The easiest way to find out is to sign up Uber (it is free), if no issues arise, you are good to go.
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?
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
CAN I APPLY FOR UBER WITH ONE YEAR COURT PROBATION?
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!
2015 Prius acceptable car 30,000 miles like new condition
I have a speeding ticket from December 2015 for speeding over 100 mph will that disqualify me for 7 years?
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!
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
Please ask Uber’s Support Team as they would be best in answering that question. Thank you for reading our blog!
I’m on probation, can I drive Uber?
Hello Demetrio, you can try to contact Uber and ask about your specific case. Check out this link for different ways to get help from Uber https://www.uber.com/info/5-ways-to-contact-Uber-for-help/. Hope this helps!
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?
I live in Nevada do you know if I need a Nevada DL to work for Uber? I confused because the websites says all you need is a valid DL which I have from FL. But, I visited the Uber office here in Nevada and they said I had to have an in state DL even though I have lived here 5 yrs. on there website it only talk about CA being the only state you need to have both DL and Registration.
Uber’s requirements are always changing. Stick with the final advice from your local Uber office.