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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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    Uber Driver Requirements and Uber Vehicle Requirements

    Uber Driver Requirements and Uber Vehicle Requirements

    Uber Driver Requirements

    1.) Uber Driver Age Requirements

    • In order to drive with Uber, 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
    • Much safer and smarter than personal insurance is commercial auto insurance for Rideshare drivers
    • 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 [email protected]. 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 UberX vehicle requirements are:

    1. 4 door sedan; must have 5 total seatbelts.
    2. Year 2002* or newer in most cities.
    3. In-state license plates.
    4. No marked, taxi or salvaged vehicles.
    5. Pass the Uber vehicle inspection.
    6. Registration must be up to date, but your name does not have to be on the registration.

    *Check ubermovement.com and enter your city to get the latest vehicle year requirements in your city.

    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

    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.

    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:

    • A 2002* or newer 4 door non-salvaged vehicle
    • Driver’s license
    • Registration
    • Proof of insurance
    • A voided personal check (or banking info) to set up direct deposit

    *Check ubermovement.com and enter your city to get the latest vehicle year requirements in your city.

    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.
    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 [email protected] 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.

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    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.