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What are the Requirements for Drivers Using the Uber Platform? Do I Qualify?

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Do I meet the requirements?

There are a number of reasons why driving with Uber could be the perfect side gig for you, depending on your needs. The rideshare business is booming, and companies like Uber and Lyft are constantly expanding their service areas. Many cities and countries have laws requiring rideshare drivers to be of a certain age, and there can be restrictions on who can drive on these platforms. So what are the requirements for Drivers using the Uber platform?

Company Requirements

Uber itself has requirements that all drivers, regardless of location, must meet before they can drive on the Uber platform. A valid driver’s license for your city and country is required before you can get behind the wheel. If you reside in the United States, you must have at least one year’s experience driving as a licensed driver, not including any time spent driving with a learner’s permit. You must have three years of driving experience if you are under the age of 25. You must also drive a four-door vehicle that qualifies. It is prohibited to use vehicles with two doors because passengers must climb over the driver’s space to get into the vehicle. All applicants must be cleared to drive with Uber, which includes an examination of their driving record and any criminal history. You may not  be cleared if your red flags include traffic violations or criminal convictions.

Documents Required

Drivers who want to use the Uber platform will have similar documentation to submit regardless of country, but drivers in the United states will have to submit a valid US Driver’s license first. Proof of residency in your city, state, or province (in Canada) is required after this to meet Driver requirements. For those who plan to drive their own vehicle, they must submit proof of vehicle insurance along with a profile picture that shows the driver’s full face and shoulders without sunglasses, in a well-lit environment with no other people or objects in the picture. 

Vehicle Requirements

In addition to proof of fitness as a driver, a new driver must submit information about the car they will be driving to determine its fitness for use. The vehicle must be less than 15 years old, a four-door model, and free of visible damage, significant wear and tear, or commercial branding. A private company’s vehicle, for example, cannot be used by a driver if the company’s logo, branding, and contact information are prominently displayed on the vehicle’s exterior. It must be registered, insured, and pass a vehicle safety inspection every year in order to operate.


If you’re not sure if you could  be a driver with Uber in your area, it’s a good idea to check the company’s website to see if there are any specific Driver requirements for your area. Getting cleared to drive with Uber typically takes less than a week, which is on par with its main competitor Lyft’s signup process. It is possible to be cleared to drive with Uber in a matter of minutes if your vehicle meets the requirements and you have the proper documentation.


Can dashcams and other cameras be installed in vehicles?

Yes, if it’s legal in your area.You can read more about cameras and recording Here

As a driver with Uber, can I bring my children or other passengers with me?


What happens if I move to a new city and I want to keep driving with Uber?

A new city will require some changes to your curren driver profile, but the entire process will not be redone unless you move to a location with completely different laws regarding drivers. Drivers with Uber are only allowed to drive in cities where they have been cleared  to do so.

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