Unit 1 – Uber Driver & Vehicle Requirements

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This unit covers the Uber driver and vehicle requirements. Everyone who drives for Uber needs to meet certain requirements. These include your age, your driving history, your residency, and your insurance.  Your vehicle will also  have to meet certain requirements to qualify to drive for Uber.  Additionally, Uber has different levels of service. Your vehicle may qualify you to earn more driving as a Luxury ride or as a plus sized vehicle that can fit extra passengers or cargo.

Uber Driver Requirements

These Uber driver requirements are current as of June 2016. Check with the drive for Uber site to confirm the most recent requirements.

  • You must be 21 years of age or older
  • You must drive a 4 door car, SUV, truck, or mini-van (with clean title) that is 2006 or newer in most cities (2 and 3 door vehicles are not allowed.)
  • You must have in state auto insurance with your name on the policy (in some regions you may be required to carry additional coverage.)
  • You must have in state driver’s license for at least one year
  • You must have in state plates with current registration.
  • You must pass a background check and driving check. Immediate Disqualification if you appear on:
    • National Sex Offender Registry
    • State Sex Offender Registry
    • Suspected Terrorist Databases
  • Disqualification if within the past 7 years you had:
    • DUI or drug related driving conviction
    • Fraud
    • Reckless driving
    • Hit and runs
    • Violent crimes (assault, battery, homicide)
    • Acts of terror
    • Sexual offenses
    • Crimes involving property damage
    • Felony or misdemeanor for theft (burglary, stealing, robbery, or anything similar)
    • Fatal accidents
    • Resisting / evading arrest
    • Any other felony
  • Disqualification if within the past 3 years you were found guilty of:
    • Driving on a suspended, revoked, or invalid license
    • Driving with suspended, revoked, or invalid insurance
  • Disqualification if within the past 3 years you have had a total of 3 minor violations or incidents including:
    • Accidents
    • Normal speeding tickets
    • Miscellaneous driving violations (traffic violations)
  • Disqualification for Uber Black if within the past 5 years you have had a total of 5 minor violations or incidents including:
    • Accidents
    • Normal speeding tickets
    • Miscellaneous driving violations (traffic violations)
  • You MUST have a smartphone. Your phone should be an iPhone 4s or newer or an Android 2013 or newer. This is important to being a driver as you need to have a phone that can run the Uber app flawlessly or you will miss ride requests. Missing ride requests hurts your driver rating and ability to qualify for guarantees. Uber also offers a service where you can rent a smartphone if you don’t have one. The iPhone rental fee is $15 a week. This is a pretty expensive option and you get a phone that only offers limited capability. It isn’t a normal iPhone. If you can afford it you are better off purchasing an iPhone or Android phone on your own.
  • If you are driving in the USA, you need to a use a US cell phone number so you can communicate with your passengers.

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Uber Vehicle Requirements

Uber has several different levels of service.  These tiers pay you more or less money to drive. For example, UberX is the most basic Uber service. This service is available everywhere Uber provides service. UberXL is Uber’s plus sized vehicle. This is for 4-6 passengers. This is also for people who need extra cargo space because they have a lot of luggage, etc.

Other Uber services include luxury services. These services require specialized vehicles and your vehicle has to be in excellent condition as well as from a recent model year.

For more details on each of Uber’s service levels see below.

 

UberX Vehicle Requirements

UberX is the basic service from Uber. Anywhere Uber offers service they will offer UberX. UberX is for a maximum of 4 passengers. If a rider requests a ride for more than 4 passengers, you can have them cancel the ride and request UberXL (They won’t be happy but this is the right thing to do.) For example: You shouldn’t take 5 passengers if you only have 4 seat belts. You can get a pretty serious fine AND all the passengers fined as well if you are caught with more passengers than you have seat belts for.

As long as you meet the qualifications to drive for Uber and your vehicle meets the requirements, you will be qualified to drive for UberX. (See above.)

UberX is going to have the most requests from passengers. However, UberX is also going to have the lowest rates and the most competition.

UberX vehicle requirements include:

  • You must drive a 4 door car, SUV, truck, or mini-van
  • Your vehicle must have a clean title
  • Your vehicle must be model year 2006 or newer in most cities
  • Your vehicle must have at least 5 seat belts

UberXL Vehicle Requirements

UberXL is the Uber service for 5-6 passengers and people who need more cargo space (airport runs). You need to have 7 seatbelts in the vehicle. One for you and 6 for passengers.

As an UberXL driver you will get less requests than UberX. The default option for UberXL is to drive for BOTH UberX and UberXL. If you wish to turn off UberX requests you will need to contact your local Uber Partner office or Uber support.

To qualify for UberXL you must meet all the requirements listed above PLUS:

  • Your car must be able to sit 6 passengers PLUS the driver (7 total seat belts)
  • Year 2006 or newer
  • Remember that FULL Size vans such as commercial vehicles are not approved for Uber

UberSELECT Vehicle Requirements

UberSELECT is a mid-tier option from Uber. It is for riders looking for an affordable luxury car experience. It also used to be known as UberPLUS. This is the entry level Uber premium offering. UberSELECT rates are significantly higher than UberX. Uber also takes out a larger fee (28% at the time of this writing vs. 20% for UberX). I found that while driving UberSELECT even with the higher fees I made twice as much per ride as I did with UberX.

The service comes at a premium fee but the passengers are guaranteed a nice clean car with leather interior. In order to qualify for uberSELECT, each of the following criteria must be met**:

UberSELECT requirements include:

  • You own a vehicle from the “Eligible Vehicles” list below
  • Leather interior required
  • Mid-size to full-size vehicles – Spotless interior and exterior
  • Must have a 4.5 or higher driver rating

To be considered for UberSELECT, vehicles must have leather seating and must be free of cosmetic and mechanical damage.

Typically, you will continue to be required to drive for UberX. You cannot turn off UberX requests as a UberSELECT Driver. (You need to be LUX/BLACK/SUV to be able to disable UberX requests.)

If your vehicle is not on the list below it may be possible to get your vehicle approved if you have leather seating and interior upgrades. Some drivers have taken their car to their local Uber Partner office or Uber onboarding event to have their car inspected and see if they can get it approved for to drive UberSELECT.

**Even if all of the above criteria is met, the Uber Operations Team reserves the right to disallow participation in the UberSELECT class as seen fit.

This is an example UberSELECT list. The list varies by city. Newer Markets tend to have more relaxed requirements. Larger more established markets tend to have stricter requirements.

MAKE MODEL (YEAR OR NEWER)
ACURA MDX/RDX 2013
ACURA TL(X) 2013
AUDI A6/A7/A8 2007
AUDI S6/S7/S8 2007
AUDI Q5/Q7 2007
BMW 4-Series 2007
BMW 5-Series 2007
BMW 6-Series 2007
BMW 7-Series 2007
BMW X3/X5/X6 2007
CADILLAC ATS 2010
CADILLAC CTS 2010
CADILLAC ESCALADE 2010
CADILLAC SRX 2010
CADILLAC XTS 2010
CHEVROLET SUBURBAN 2013
CHEVROLET TAHOE 2013
CHRYSLER 300 2013
FORD EXPEDITION 2013
GMC ACADIA DENALI 2013
GMC YUKON 2013
HYUNDAI EQUUS 2013
HYUNDAI GENESIS 2013
CADILLAC ALL TYPES 2010
JAGUAR XJ/XF 2007
LAND ROVER EVOQUE 2010
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 2010
LAND ROVER LR4 2010
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER 2010
LEXUS ES/GS/LS 2010
LEXUS RX/GX/LX 2010
LINCOLN MKS 2010
LINCOLN MKX 2010
LINCOLN MKT 2010
LINCOLN MKZ 2010
LINCOLN NAVIGATOR 2010
MERCEDES-BENZ ALL TYPES 2007
NISSAN ARMADA 2013
PORSCHE PANAMERA 2007
PORSCHE MACAN 2007
PORSCHE CAYENNE 2007
TESLA MODEL S/X ALL YEARS
VOLKSWAGEN CC 2013 VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG 2013

UberBLACK Vehicle Requirements

UberBLACK is Uber’s version of a black luxury sedan car service. This is one of the common ways for executives and corporate types to travel in major cities. In fact in London, UK they call this service UberEXEC.

UberBLACK vehicles must be luxury cars and require a spotless black leather interior and black exterior. Only the top mid-size and full-size sedans will be accepted. Additionally, drivers must carry commercial vehicle registration and insurance. Drivers must have chauffeur license. The driver must also have an airport permit if required in your area.

It may be possible to have Uber disable UberX on your account if you are approved for UberBLACK. Contact your local Uber partner office for more details.

UberBLACK vehicle requirements are:

  • Black exterior REQUIRED. No visual dings, or imperfections.
  • Leather interior REQUIRED. Black is strongly preferred but other colors may be acceptable. Clean interior.
  • Model 2012 or newer (may be older in some markets)
  • Commercial registration and insurance
  • Must have airport permits if required in your area

UberBLACK driver requirements are also stricter. You cannot have more than 5 traffic violations in the past 5 years. (As opposed to 3 in 3 years for other Uber services.) You must also pass an Uber vehicle inspection.

UberBLACK vehicles will be a step up from UberSELECT. For example, a BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C Series may be ok for UberSELECT but you will need at least a BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, or Mercedes E Class for UberBLACK. Additionally, the model year jumps from 2007 to 2012.

This is an example UberBLACK list. The list varies by city. Some newer/smaller cities may have lower requirements.

ACURA RLX, MDX
AUDI A8/Q5/Q7
BMW 5-Series
BMW 6-Series
BMW 7-Series
BMW X5/X6
Cadillac ATS/CTS/STS/DTS/SRX/XTS
Chrysler 300S/300C
Hyundai Equus
Infiniti M35H/M37/M60/Q70
Jaguar S TYPE/XF/XJ
Land Rover/Range Rover
Lexus GS/LS
Lincoln MKZ/MKS/MKX/MKT
Mercedes CLA/CLS/C/E/M/S
Porsche Panamera/Macan/Cayenne
Tesla Model S/X
Volkswagen Toureg

If submitting your vehicle to join UberBLACK online, you will need to provide the following photos of your vehicle:

  • Exterior – Front of Vehicle
  • Exterior – Passenger Side of Vehicle
  • Exterior – Driver Side of Vehicle
  • Exterior – Rear of vehicle (must include license plate)
  • Interior – Front Seats
  • Interior – Rear Seats

UberSUV Vehicle Requirements

UberSUV is a service that combines luxury and size. This service is a combination of UberBLACK and UberXL. This service has the highest caliber of vehicle and driver standards. This is the service for people who want to ride in a high end SUV like a Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes GL-Class, or Lexus LX.

The qualifications for UberSUV and UberBLACK are the same except for the vehicles. You are held to the same driver standards for UberBLACK. Your vehicle is also held to the same standards except that you will have 7 seat belts. One for the driver and up to 6 for passengers.

This is an example UberSUV list. The list varies by city.

Cadillac Escalade ESV
Chevrolet Suburban (LT or LTZ)
Chevrolet Tahoe/Hybrid
Ford Expedition / EL
GMC Yukon XL/Denali/Hybrid
Infiniti QX56/QX80
Lexus LX
Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

If submitting your vehicle to join UberSUV online, you will need to provide the following photos of your vehicle:

  • Exterior – Front of Vehicle
  • Exterior – Passenger Side of Vehicle
  • Exterior – Driver Side of Vehicle
  • Exterior – Rear of vehicle (must include license plate)
  • Interior – Front Seats
  • Interior – Rear Seats

UberLUX Vehicle Requirements

UberLUX is Uber’s premium The driver requirements for UberLUX are the same as those for UberBLACK. Drivers must carry commercial vehicle registration and insurance. The driver must also have an airport permit if required in your area.

The vehicle requirements are a little bit different.   In my experience this list varies GREATLY for smaller markets. A car that might qualify as LUX in London. For example, I got approved driving a Black on Black BMW 535i in Austin, Texas. This wouldn’t be considered acceptable in larger markets. In fact, I received some negative ratings from passengers that were expecting a higher end vehicle.

Full size four door sedan, SUV, or crossover

  • Excellent exterior and interior condition
  • Comfortably seats 4+ passengers (full size luxury vehicle)
  • 2010 or newer
  • Pass an Uber inspection

This is an example UberLUX list. The list varies by city.

Audi A8
BMW 7 Series
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Porsche Panamera
Range Rover
Tesla Model S

If submitting your vehicle to join UberLUX online, you will need to provide the following photos of your vehicle:

  • Exterior – Front of Vehicle
  • Exterior – Passenger Side of Vehicle
  • Exterior – Driver Side of Vehicle
  • Exterior – Rear of vehicle (must include license plate)
  • Interior – Front Seats
  • Interior – Rear Seats

UberPOOL Vehicle Requirements

UberPOOL is only available in limited markets. UberPOOL is Uber’s car pool service.

UberPOOL riders are given a discounted rate but they are willing to ride with another passenger(s). Passengers can request a ride for up to 2 people. The app tries to match them with riders traveling the same direction. In exchange riders are given a discounted rate.

If UberPOOL is available in your area all UberX drivers are required to accept UberPOOL rides.

UberTAXI Vehicle Requirements

UberTAXI is only available in limited markets. UberTAXI is Uber’s taxi service. You will need to be licensed cab/livery driver. If you are not currently licensed Uber will help you obtain a license.

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