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    Most drivers are able to sign up and pass Uber’s background check just fine, but not everyone knows about Uber’s car requirements. UberX, UberXL and UberSelect all allow you to use your personal vehicle to drive with Uber.

    However, UberBlack, UberSUV and UberLUX all require commercial insurance and a TCP license or livery license.  Typically, these higher levels of service only make sense if you’re looking to be a full-time driver since the associated costs are much higher.

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    Quick links:

    • Click here to sign up to drive for Uber (and get a sign up bonus)
    • If you don’t have an eligible vehicle for Uber, but would like to rent a car to drive for Uber, head over to our Uber Vehicle Marketplace to compare the different options
    Uber car requirements - how to pass the Uber vehicle inspection or how to rent a car to drive for Uber

    Uber car requirements – how to pass the Uber vehicle inspection or how to rent a car to drive for Uber

    Uber Car Requirements

    Uber has multiple service levels like UberX and UberBlack, but the requirements for its drivers are the same no matter what.

    In order to drive with Uber on any level of service:

    • You must be 21 years of age or older with 3 years of driving experience.
    • Or you must be 23 years of age or older with 1 year of driving experience.
    • You must have an in-state driver’s license.
    • You must have a clean driving record.
    • You must pass a background check.

    Uber car requirements are below.

    UberX car requirements:

    • 4 door sedan or mid-sized car, must seat 4 passengers in addition to the driver.
    • Year 2002 or newer for most cities
    • Some cities have newer age year requirements – you can check your city here.
    • No cosmetic damage on the vehicle but minor dings and scratches are okay
    • No large passenger vans or commercial/Heavy Duty trucks (regular 4 door trucks are okay though)
    • No commercial branding or taxi color paint jobs
    • No salvaged vehicles and/or rebuilt vehicles
    • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state
    • Vehicle must pass the Uber Vehicle Inspection

    If you don’t have an eligible vehicle, there are numerous rideshare leasing and rental programs to choose from. Head over to our Uber Vehicle Marketplace to compare the options in your area.

    Related article: Learn how Uber drivers are making hundreds of extra dollars per month

    Additional UberX requirements:

    • Driver’s full legal name must be listed on the vehicle insurance
    • All drivers must pass a full background check

    Exampled of recommended UberX vehicles (but not limited to):

    • Chevrolet Cruze
    • Chevrolet Malibu
    • Ford Fusion
    • Ford Escape
    • Honda Accord
    • Honda Civic
    • Hyundai Elantra
    • Hyundai Sonata
    • Hyundai Tucson
    • Kia Optima
    • Mazda MAZDA3
    • Nissan Altima
    • Nissan Sentra
    • Toyota Prius
    • Toyota Corolla
    • Toyota Camry
    • Volkswagen Jetta
    • Volvo S40
    • And many more

    Check Uber’s vehicle requirements for a full list.

    Examples of restricted UberX models (but not limited to):

    • Ford Crown Victoria
    • Mercury Grand Marquis
    • Chevrolet Spark
    • Taxis or other marked vehicles
    • Full-sized vans (e.g. GMC Savanna, Ford Transit)

    Check Uber’s vehicle requirements for a full list.

    UberXL Car Requirements

    • 4 door vehicle, must seat 6 passengers in addition to the driver.
    • Year 2002 or newer for most cities
    • Some cities have newer age year requirements – you can check your city here.
    • No cosmetic damage on the vehicle but minor dings and scratches are okay
    • No large passenger vans or commercial/Heavy Duty trucks (regular 4 door trucks are okay though)
    • No commercial branding or taxi color paint jobs
    • No salvaged vehicles and/or rebuilt vehicles
    • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state
    • Vehicle must pass the Uber Vehicle Inspection

    Recommended Models (but not limited to):

    • Acura MDX
    • Buick Enclave
    • Chevrolet Tahoe
    • Chevrolet Traverse
    • Chrysler Aspen
    • Chrysler Pacifica
    • Chrysler Town & Country
    • Dodge Caravan
    • Dodge Durango
    • Dodge Journey
    • Ford Explorer
    • Ford Flex
    • GMC Acadia
    • GMC Yukon
    • Honda Pilot
    • Honda Odyssey
    • Hyundai Entourage
    • Hyundai Santa Fe
    • Hyundai Veracruz
    • Kia Borrego
    • Kia Sedona
    • Kia Sorento
    • Mazda CX-9
    • Nissan Armada
    • Nissan Pathfinder
    • Nissan Quest
    • Toyota Highlander
    • Toyota Land Cruiser
    • Toyota Sequoia
    • Volkswagen Routan
    • Volkswagen Toureg
    • And many more

    If you don’t have an eligible vehicle for Uber, but would like to rent a car to drive for Uber, head over to our Uber Vehicle Marketplace to compare the different options

    UberSelect Car Requirements

    UberSelect (formerly known as UberPlus) is available in most major cities and its prices are in-between UberX and UberBlack.  So think of it as a mid-level luxury car platform.

    The requirements are:

    • 4 door luxury sedans, must seat 4 passengers or more.
    • Leather interior
    • 2008-2009 or newer (depending on the city).
    • No cosmetic damage on the vehicle but minor dings and scratches are okay
    • No large passenger vans or commercial/Heavy Duty trucks (regular 4 door trucks are okay though)
    • No commercial branding or taxi color paint jobs
    • No salvaged vehicles and/or rebuilt vehicles
    • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state
    • Vehicle must pass the Uber Vehicle Inspection

    UberSELECT approved vehicles

    • Acura: RDX, RLX, TL, TLX, ILX.
    • Audi: A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, S3, S4, S6, Q3, Q5, Q7.
    • BMW: 3-series, 5-series, 7-series, X1, X3, X4, X5, X6.
    • Cadillac: ATS, CTS, DTS, SRX, XTS.
    • Chrysler: 300.
    • Hummer: H3.
    • Hyundai: Genesis, Equus.
    • Infiniti: EX, FX, G, JX, M, Q, QX50, QX70.
    • Jaguar: XF, XJ.
    • Kia: K900.
    • Land Rover: Range Rover.
    • Lexus:  ES, IS, NX, RX, GS, GX, LS.
    • Lincoln: MKT, MKS, MKX, MKZ, MKC, Town Car.
    • Mercedes-Benz: C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, G-Class, GLK-Class, M-Class, R-Class.
    • Porsche: Macan, Cayenne, Panamera.
    • Tesla: Model S.
    • Volvo: S60, S80, XC90.

    What is Uber Black Car or UberBlack?

    UberBlack is Uber’s professional level chauffeur service.  Vehicle requirements are much stricter than UberX and all cars are required to have black exterior and black leather interior.  Drivers also have to carry commercial insurance and TCP licensing or a livery license.

    You can look for a fleet owner on our Uber Vehicle Marketplace.

    Requests are not as frequent on UberBlack, but fares are much higher.  In Los Angeles for example, UberX pays drivers $0.90 a mile, while UberBlack pays drivers $3.55 a mile.

    Here are the Uber Black Car Types:

    • UberBlack is Uber’s traditional luxury sedan service.
    • UberSUV is Uber’s luxury SUV service.
    • UberLUX is Uber’s highest level ultra-luxury service.

    UberBlack Car Requirements

    In order to drive for UberBlack, you must have commercial insurance and a TCP or livery license.

    Your vehicle must also meet the following criteria:

    • Seating: Must comfortably seat 4 or more passengers
    • Model Year: Must be 2013 or newer
    • Body Style: Must be a 4-door vehicle
    • Can be a sedan only
    • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state of California
    • Must have commercial insurance
    • Must have a TCP permit or livery license
    • Must have a city-specific airport permit, when required
    • Vehicle must be in excellent condition
    • Vehicle must have black interior and exterior

    Related article: Essential gear every rideshare driver should have

    UberBLACK Approved Vehicles

    • Audi: A6, A7
    • BMW: 5 Series
    • Cadillac: XTS
    • Infiniti: Q70
    • Jaguar: XF
    • Lexus: GS
    • Mercedes-Benz: E-Class

    UberSUV Car Requirements

    In order to drive for UberSUV, you must have commercial insurance and a TCP or livery license.

    Your vehicle must also meet the following criteria:

    • Seating: Must comfortably seat 6 or more passengers
    • Model Year: Must be 2013 or newer
    • Body Style: Must be a 4-door vehicle
    • Must be a full-size SUV (full list of eligible vehicles is available below)
    • Vehicle must be registered and insured in your state.
    • Must have commercial insurance
    • Must have a TCP permit or livery license.
    • Must have a city-specific airport permit, when required
    • Vehicle must be in excellent condition
    • Vehicle must have black interior and exterior

    UberSUV Approved Vehicles

    • Cadillac: Escalade ESV
    • Chevrolet: Suburban
    • GMC: Yukon XL
    • Infiniti: QX56, QX80
    • Lexus: LX
    • Lincoln: Navigator L
    • Mercedes-Benz: GL-Class

    Sign up here using our link to drive with Uber!

    If you don’t have an eligible vehicle for Uber, but would like to rent a car to drive for Uber, head over to our Uber Vehicle Marketplace to compare the different options

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is there a maximum allowable mileage for vehicles on the Uber platform?

    No there is no maximum mileage requirement on Uber for most cities.  You may drive any vehicle that passes the vehicle inspection.

    Want to read more? Check out the complete driver training guide articles below or download the free PDF here:

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    Harry Campbell

    Harry Campbell

    I'm Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer but now I'm a rideshare blogger! I write about my experience driving for Uber, Lyft, and other services and my goal is to help drivers earn more money by working smarter, not harder.