How To Apply To Be An Uber Driver

January 1, 2020


By: Tommy Adrews

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Summary – Uber Driver Requirements for UberX 2020

  • Aged 21 or older with 1+ yrs U.S license, +3 yrs if 23 or younger
  • Valid personal auto insurance that meets or exceeds state requirements
  • No more than 3 moving violations in the past 3 years
  • No major violations in the past 3 years
  • No DUIs or drug-related driving offenses in the last 7 years, 10 years for California
  • No extreme infractions in the last 7 years

See Details Below…

Detailed Uber Driver Requirements 2020

The process for how to qualify for Uber is relatively easy to follow and is very similar to the requirements and the process to become a Lyft driver, however, there are some uber requirements that are distinct to Uber.


  • The driver must be at least 21 years or older with a 1-year driving record, 3 years if under 23 years old.
  • You need a clean criminal record for the past 7 years
  • You need a clean driving record for the past 3 years for UberX and even more, stringent filters apply to your driving record for Uber Black. ( See details below)

So let’s start with your criminal record.  Ultimately Uber qualifications required the driver to keep their passengers safe.  Uber driver requirements call for the following criteria used to screen all Uber drivers:

Uber driver qualifications call for disqualification if the potential driver appears on the DOJ50-State Sex Offender Registry or the National Sex Offender Registry or on a series of databases that flag suspected terrorists.

Uber driver qualifications call for disqualification if, within the last 7 years, he/she is found to have convictions for any of the below on their record:

  • DUI or other drug-related driving convictions (California Uber drivers must not have a DUI in the last 10 years)
  • Fraud
  • Reckless driving
  • Hit and runs
  • Violent crimes (assault, battery, homicide)
  • Acts of terror
  • Sexual Offenses
  • A crime involving property damage
  • Felony or misdemeanor for theft (burglary, stealing, robbery, anything alike)
  • Fatal accidents
  • Resisting/evading arrest

Uber driver requirements in terms of your driving record background check are restricted if you have any other felony disqualification if in the state in which the potential driver is currently licensed, the potential driver is found to have any of the below on the record within the past 3 years:

  • Driving on a suspended, revoked, or invalid license
  • Driving with suspended, revoked or invalid insurance.

In addition, to the above, for UberX and UberTaxi please see the criteria below:

Uber requirements call for the disqualification if in the state in which potential driver is currently licensed, the potential driver is found to have had a total of THREE minor violations or incidents in the past THREE years:

  • Accidents
  • Normal speeding tickets
  • Miscellaneous driving violations (e.g., traffic violations)

In addition for UberBLACK:

Uber requirements call for the disqualification if in the state in which potential driver is currently licensed, the potential driver is found to have had a total of FIVE minor violations or incidents in the past FIVE years:

  • Accidents
  • Normal speeding tickets
  • Miscellaneous driving violations (e.g., traffic violations)

Note: Driving for Uber in New York City will require that you get a TLC license.  TLC stands for Taxi and Limousine Commision. Thus you need a Taxi and Limousine Commission License to be able to drive in New York City. In order to receive this license, you will have to go through a series of steps including an interview which Uber can guide your through.

Please note that uber driver requirements California are the same as Virginia or any other state in the USA for that matter, thus uniform across the United States. The only difference is that New York City requires that the driver also hold a valid TLC license.  It is the vehicle requirements that can vary a bit for the type of Uber service offered (ie: UberX vs. UberXL) and from state to state and city to city.

Please also note that if you do not have a car that qualifies or if you do not have a car at all you will still be able to drive for UberX using some of the other options you have for renting a car like GetAround, Hertz, Fair or HyreCar.  There are many other services that can provide you with a car. We cover this in an article “Don’t have a car for Uber or Lyft, Problem Solved!”

For driving UberX the Uber qualifications regarding your vehicle are that it must:

  • Seat 4 passengers not including the driver, have 4 doors but can be a manual
  • Generally, the model of the vehicle must be 15 model years or newer but this varies city to city.  To find out what it is in your target city, just copy the following link into the URL field of your browser and replace the city with your target city name. Copy the link in within the brackets but do not copy the brackets ( Example: If you are in Chicago change to This will take you to the direct page in Uber that will give you the vehicle requirements for your target city.  For cities with two parts like San Francisco, you must enter the city as “san-francisco”, with the dash in between.
  • Your vehicle must be insured to you, the driver, and have the minimum state’s requirements by your own insurance company.
  • Your vehicle must pass an Uber inspection*

Notes: *Vehicle inspections can also be processed at local authorized mechanic shops if you do not care to drive to an official Uber inspection station where inspections are free.  The auto shops typically charge $20 for the inspection. It is best to have it done along with something else, like the installation of new tires so that you can kill two birds with one stone.  Some vendors will waive the inspection fee if you do some business with them. Here is a list of places other than Uber Inspections stations where you can have an Uber Inspection: Selected Jiffy Lubes, Wheel Works, Meineke, Midas, Firestone, and other mechanic shops.  Please check the uber-site for your state by clicking on the vehicle inspection link within the same page where you looked up the requirements for your city.

It is best to check these requirements on Uber when you apply because these can change rapidly and Uber has been known to changes the rules year by year.

Some recommended cars for driving Uberx are: Toyota Prius, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Honda Focus, Mazda 3, Mazda 6, Toyota Tacoma, Honda Civic, Chevy Malibu, Chevy Cruze, Chevy Cobalt, Ford Focus and Nissan Altima.

For driving UberXL which is the larger versions of vehicles, usually, SUV’s have a key difference between UberXL in that the UberXL vehicle must accommodate a minimum of 6 passengers not including the driver all with seatbelts for each seat.  Retrofitted aftermarket seats will not be accepted. Otherwise the vehicle requirements are exactly the same as with Uber X however the vehicle types are somewhat larger.

Some recommended vehicles for UberXL are: GMC Acadia, Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Ford Explorer, Ford Expedition, Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango, Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Suburban.

Another service available for driving is UberSelect also know as UberPlus in some markets.  These are classy cars that provide rideshare services with Uber. The additional requirements for those listed for UberX and Uber XL are:

  • An entry-level four-door luxury sedan is required.
  • The vehicle must have a leather or vinyl interior with no tears.
  • Must seat at least four passengers, not including the driver.
  • Only vehicles 2009 or newer will be accepted into UberSelect/UberPlus.

Some recommended cars for UberPlus/UberSelect: Audi A3 and up, BMW 3 Series and up, all Lincolns, Mercedes C-Class and up, Volvo S60, Acura, Cadillac, Hyundai Genesis, all Infinitis.

It is common to see that Uber Plus and Select drivers will also drive under UberX because in some areas they will not get enough fares for UberSelect, so they drive both.

Uber SUV is another service that provides large blank luxury SUV’s for passengers in order to provide a minimum of 6 passenger seating not including the driver. Unlike UberXL which requires more common SUV or minivan requirements, UberSUV service requires luxury SUVs only and no minivans.  Like UberXL they must seat at least 6 passengers but the seats have to be leather, no vinyl here.

Some recommended vehicle models for Uber SUV are: Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban, Lincoln Navigator, GMC Yukon XL.

Uber Black is the service that Uber originally developed their app for. So this was the first service offered under the Uber platform.  Essentially it is a limo service. You should know however that although your income will be higher driving UberBlack in many markets you will also have to be available to drive UberX with the same vehicle.  So an UberX passenger may sometimes be picked up in an UberBlack in some markets.

The typical requirements for UberBlack are:

  • The driver must have a 4.85 or higher driver star rating.
  • Vehicle must be a 5-year-old vehicle or newer
  • Vehicle must be a luxury sedan or SUV only black in color with 4 seat belted black leather seats.
  • The vehicle must have commercial insurance with For-Hire tags (For-Hire tags are acquired by inspection of the vehicle by your local state government).

Recommended cars for UberBlack: Audi A6/A8/A8L, BMW 5 series/7 series, Cadillac CT6/XTS/Escalade/Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban, Ford Expedition Platinum/Expedition Platinum MAX (model year 2018 and above only), Genesis G90, GMC Yukon/Yukon Denali/Yukon XL/Yukon XL/Denali, Infiniti QX56/QX80

Uber LUX is the top of the line Uber vehicle by providing super luxury rides for special occasions like weddings, graduations, special parties. Using some of the world’s most luxurious brands.

  • Those who drive for this service are required to have commercial insurance.
  • The vehicle is required to be 2012 or newer.
  • This service is only available in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami & New York City

Recommended cars for UberLUX: Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model S, Range Rover.

The Application Process For An Uber Driver

To apply for Uber on a PC, you simply click on the link most suited to what you want from above.  An example is Apply for UberX. Once there you will first be asked for some basic contact information.  This also includes the Invite Code. If you clicked on the Apply for Uber X or any other Apply button then the invite code should have self-populated, however, if it did not then you should cut and paste the following: 16341fybue

The invite code is vital because it will allow you to qualify for large driver bonuses and it also provides me a bonus for helping you through the process and speaking with me for your free 15 minutes of new driver consultation.

Once the contact form is filled out you are then asked to create an online account for Uber as a Driver.  You will usually use your email address as your username and come up with a unique password. This will set up your Driver Dashboard where you will be able to track every single fare you take with detailed information about each fare.

Once the Uber account is set up you will be asked to take pictures of your license, registrations, and proof of insurance with your phone and then upload them to Uber for review.

The next step is that you agree to a criminal and driver record background check.  If you don’t agree then there is no going forward. If you know you have serious violations on your record as listed in the requirement at the beginning of this article then you may proceed however it is likely that you will be rejected. The background check can take anywhere from 3 days to a full week.  So sit tight until you get an email confirming that everything checked out (or not).

If you are rejected then Uber will likely explain in their email what caused the rejection.  If they do not explain and you feel you should have been approved then I suggest you send an email to the local Uber support organization for your city which can be found by Googling “driver support email address for uber CITY NAME”.  Each city has a separate email address for support at Uber. You need to clearly and with proof show Uber in your email why you should have been approved. After some back and forth you should know if some exception to your record will be considered for your approval.

You will need to download the Driver app to your phone.  The Passenger Uber app and the Driver Uber app are completely different so make sure that you are downloading the right one.

You will be required to watch the Uber Driver Tutorials online.  These are quick videos that will show you what to expect when a passenger places a fare and what the processes and procedures are from start to finish.  The links to these emails will be sent to you by Uber automatically as you go through the application process.

The notice of approval will arrive by email. Once you are approved you will be able to turn the Uber Driver app on and take fares right away.

You can have more than one vehicle on a single account.  It is good to have a backup car on the account in case your car is out of service due to unexpected repairs or an accident, that is if you have one of course.

Uber also has a car leasing program which has the flexibility of providing high mileage and 30 days to return the vehicle.  To see details about qualifying for this program please click here.

Once you have the whole system of driving with Uber down then I would suggest you sign up with Lyft.  Since it is very similar you will not have any problems transitioning to taking Lyft fares. You can have both apps running at the same time as long as you learn to manage them so that you keep one of them offline while you take a far on the other.  See my blog Driving for both Uber and Lyft at the same time.

If you are ready to sign up to become an Uber driver or Lyft driver then please click on the appropriate buttons below to get the application process started…


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