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    A lot of new drivers are surprised to find that Uber will hire almost anyone as long as you can pass a background check.  Uber doesn’t discriminate when it comes to age, sex or race and for many job-seekers, that can be a blessing.  Let’s go over all of the Uber driver requirements.

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    1) Uber Driver Age Requirements

    • In order to drive with Uber, you must meet the minimum age to driver in your city (typically, you must be 21 years of age or older) AND have 3 years of US driving experience.
    • Or you can be 23 years of age or older with 1 or more years of US driving experience.

    2) Other Uber Driver Requirements

    • You must have an in-state driver’s license in order to drive with Uber
    • You need to have in-state personal auto insurance AND your name must be listed on the insurance card
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    • Your car needs to be registered in-state but it does not need to have your name on it

    3) Background Check Requirements

    In order to qualify to drive with Uber, you will also need to pass a name-based background check.  The background check will look at the following:

    • You will need a clean driving record
    • You will need a Social Security number to process the background check

    The company that processes the background checks is called Checkr.  If you have any problems with your background check, you can e-mail them at support@checkr.com. Be sure to include your name, phone number, and email address in the body of the email.

    You can also contact Checkr at 844-824-3257.

    The Uber Background Check will look over the past 7 years to make sure you’ve had…

    • No DUI or drug related offenses.
    • No history of reckless driving
    • No fatal accidents
    • No criminal record

    Uber Driver Car Requirements

    In order to drive for Uber, you need to own or lease an eligible vehicle that meets the Uber Car Requirements.

    The Uber vehicle requirements are:

    1. Must have 4 doors and be able to transport a minimum of 4 passengers
    2. Vehicle model must be 15 years old or newer
    3. Title cannot be salvaged, reconstructed, or rebuilt
    4. Rental vehicles – except those from an approved Uber lender – are not allowed
    5. Cannot have any cosmetic damage, missing pieces, commercial branding or taxi paint jobs

    If your vehicle doesn’t meet the requirements above, you may still be eligible to drive for Uber Eats.

    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.

    Click here for more Lyft driver car rental options

    What Happens if My Car is Too Old to Drive for Uber?

    Uber and Lyft have thresholds for the age of the vehicle you’re allowed to drive for their platforms. This varies by vehicle type and market. But what happens if you signed up with a vehicle that was within the parameters, but is now “too old” for their standards? 

    Drivers with vehicles that turned too old with the change of the year are left wondering, “When will I get kicked off the platform?”

    How will you know it’s time? 

    I’m sure many people—myself included—forget about these requirements once we’re accepted onto the platform. I don’t want to keep an eye on something like that. I’d rather get a friendly reminder before I’m just kicked off the platform for having an outdated car. 

    One person on Reddit said, “I have always gotten about 6 months of pre-reminders so far. They were telling me well in advance, then on the new year I could not log on.” 

    The original poster on that thread was who posed the question “When will Uber figure out that my vehicle is too old?” It is the new year and they have not been kicked off the platform yet. They also haven’t gotten a notification from Uber saying their time is up. 

    Some speculated that in the time off COVID-19, it might be that Uber is being more lenient than they normally would be. 

    Another stated, “March 1st. That’s the vehicle reset date. It did that to my 2004 Accord last year on that date.” 

    How to prepare

    If you do know your vehicle is about to turn “too old” for the platforms, you might want to plan ahead, especially if you plan to continue driving for Uber or Lyft. 

    The best advice would be to have a replacement vehicle ready and available. Meaning, having your inspection done on it and all of your documents uploaded so it’s a smooth transition. The last thing you’d want is having to wait for document approval and not being able to drive in the meantime.

    If you are considering buying a car, consider going electric or hybrid. Uber and Lyft have both committed toward zero emissions in the coming years. Check out our review of The 5 Best Electric Vehicles for Uber and Lyft Drivers

    Uber Driver Rideshare Insurance

    Uber doesn’t require any type of special insurance to sign up and drive, but most personal insurance policies won’t cover rideshare drivers.  If you want to be fully protected, you should get multiple quotes for rideshare insurance and see how the costs stack up.

    Uber will provide drivers with commercial insurance coverage ($1 million liability and collision with a $1,000 deductible) when you’re en route to a passenger (Period 2) or on a trip (Period 3) but they don’t provide any collision coverage during Period 1 when you’re waiting (or driving around looking) for a request.

    Questions about rideshare insurance? Check out more information about insurance and driving periods 1 through 3 for Uber.

    You can find a list of rideshare insurance options sorted by state on our Insurance Marketplace.

    Uber Vehicle Inspection

    In order to get started driving with Uber, you’ll need to have your vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic or at an Uber Greenlight location.  You can find a list of Uber Greenlight Inspection Centers here.  If you’d like to use your own mechanic, make sure to bring this vehicle inspection form for them to fill out.

    As of right now, Greenlight Hubs are closed in many cities and you will have to use a third party mechanic, which is not covered by Uber. You can check out some of our recommended mechanics including:

    At one of the Uber Greenlight spots, you can actually get a free vehicle inspection and there will be Uber Experts on hand to help get all of your documentation uploaded.

    When you go for your inspection, you’ll need to bring:

    • The vehicle you intend to use for Uber
    • Driver’s license
    • Registration
    • Proof of insurance
    • A voided personal check (or banking info) to set up direct deposit

    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.

    How Do You Apply to Become an Uber Driver?

    Here’s a quick overview of the steps:

    1. Sign up to drive with Uber here.
    2. Get your free vehicle inspection at one of the Uber Greenlight locations (or via a third party mechanic)
    3. Wait for your background check to clear; this usually takes 3-5 days.
    4. Give your first ride!

    Sign up here using our link to drive with Uber!

    If you need rideshare insurance, be sure to head over to our insurance marketplace and get a quote from a knowledgeable rideshare insurance agent.

    Note: Currently, Uber and Lyft aren’t accepting new drivers in New York City. So instead we highly recommend driving for Via in New York City. Check out the generous Via driver bonus here.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long before I’m approved to drive for Uber?

    Most applications are processed within 5-10 days, but you should proactively follow up with support@uber.com if it takes any longer.

    Can I use someone else’s car to drive with Uber?

    Yes you may use anyone else’s car to drive with Uber as long as it meets the vehicle requirements.  The only requirement is that your name needs to be listed on the insurance card for that vehicle.

    Can I drive for Uber with someone else in the car?

    Uber only allows one driver in the car, so if you have a friend, spouse or child you’d like to have in the car during a ride, don’t do it!  Uber has been known to deactivate drivers for driving with someone else in the car.

    Can I drive for Uber in more than one city?

    You can drive for Uber in any city that is within your state.  One quick way to check if Uber is active in a certain city is to download the Uber passenger app and request a test ride in that city.

    Can I drive for Uber in more than one state?

    You can only drive for Uber in the state you’re registered in.  In order to drive in another state, you would need an eligible vehicle with in-state plates and a new driver’s license and insurance.

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

    Can I drive for Uber if I have a DUI in the past?

    If your DUI was more than 7 years ago, you should be able to drive with Uber.

    Sign up here using our link to drive with Uber!

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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.