If you’re looking for a way to make money driving, starting a career as an Uber driver could be the option you’ve been looking for.
Unlike more traditional taxi services, drivers who work for Uber:
- Are paid weekly.
- Use their own car.
- Are allowed to set their schedule with flexible shifts.
Here are some basic requirements, tips, and guidelines on how to be an Uber driver.
Uber Driver Requirements
To be an Uber driver—or what Uber calls a “driver partner”—, you’ll be required to meet certain criteria before you’re hired. This includes:
A minimum age requirement of 21 years old.
Minimum of 1 year of driving experience. If you are less than 23 years old you must have a minimum 3 years driving experience.
Car insurance under your name.Insurance must also be in the same state you’ll be driving in and meet that state’s minimum requirements.
A Social Security number.
Submission to a background check, which will look for: DUIs.
History of operating a vehicle without insurance.
Reckless driving charges.
If you have a clean driving history and no criminal record, you may meet the general requirements to be an Uber driver.
Do I Need a Commercial Driver’s License?
For most U.S. cities that Uber operates in, you do not need to possess a commercial driver license (CDL) in order to be an UberX driver (their basic level of service). However, when you begin the application process, you’ll be instructed as to whether your chosen level of driver partner requires a higher class of license.
Uber Vehicle Requirements
Along with the driver requirements, your vehicle will also need to meet certain criteria to be accepted under Uber’s minimum standards.
The vehicle requirements for Uber’s basic services (UberX) include:
Model year no more than 10 to 15 years old or newer. Requirements may vary from city to city.
A sedan that can seat at least 4 passengers, excluding you (the driver).
State-issued license plates.
A working seatbelt for all passengers.
A prohibition against vehicles which have been previously salvaged OR used for taxi-related services.
Keep in mind that Uber has several different options for customers looking luxury vehicles, such as:
These high-end services necessitate additional vehicle requirements to meet Uber’s luxury vehicle standards and professional chauffeur services.
Applying to Be an Uber Driver
Once you and your vehicle have met Uber’s eligibility requirements, you can begin the Uber application process.
Here are the steps you’ll need to take:
Fill out an application online.
Have your vehicle inspected.Uber requires potential candidates to have his or her vehicle inspected at an Uber inspection station or by a certified third party.
Submit the paperwork for your background check.Uber will indicate what they need from you for this.
Once you’ve passed each of the first three steps, you’ll be allowed to set your schedule and begin picking up clients.
Start Driving—How Uber Works
After you’ve been approved to begin driving as an Uber partner, here’s how your experience will typically go:
You’ll open the Uber driver app when you’re ready to start accepting rides. Your username is typically your e-mail address.Uber provides a phone with the Uber driver app set up on the device.
If you would rather use your own smartphone, Uber will provide you with the setup details.For more on the Uber driver app, please watch Uber’s instructional video.
When a rider requests an Uber, the driver closest to them automatically receives the trip request—so if that’s you, the notification will pop up on your app.
You’ll accept the trip, and use the navigation to drive to the client’s pick-up location.
The app will charge the rider, so you won’t need to collect any fees during your drive.
When the ride is over, you AND your rider will have the opportunity to rate one another.
Uber will pay you through direct deposit.Check out Uber’s guide to payment and earnings calculations.
Uber drivers are paid based upon the number of rides they provide to customers. In order to maintain your Uber partner account, you’ll need to accept 1 trip or more every 30 days or less. If you don’t, you may have to reapply.
For more on Uber, please visit the company’s official website.
Here are the reasons believe most drivers quit Uber:
- you are not making as much money as you thought you would
- you realize the expenses are higher than you thought they would be
- you begin to realize the dangers of driving, from unruly passengers, idiot drivers and the mere law of averages that says if you spend enough time on the road, an accident is almost inevitable.
- you realize that Uber doesn’t just hire drivers, it also manipulates, abuses and misleads them
- you realize that YOU are doing all the work and taking all the risks & it doesn’t match the pay you get
- you hear that Uber drivers in other cities get paid much more than you do for the same exact job.
- you always get responses (2 days later) from Uber that in no way address your original question
- you hear of Uber’s multi-millions and see none of that going to drivers
- you know that you’ll be replaced by a driverless vehicle within a few years and figure out how that plays into Uber’s poor relationship with drivers
- you work hard, have a DR of 4.92, take every UberPool request that comes your way, drive miles out of your way to return an item left in your car by a rider and what does that mean to your boss: zero.
- Uber has gazillions of $$$ but can’t afford an 800# for WORKING drivers to get assistance
- Riders can complain; you can’t.
- the Uber app will betray you more often than you think
- a rider having a bad day personally will often take it out on you
- Uber is the most arrogant company in the world who spends more on lawsuits that will help it to continue to be an abusive and preserve it’s dominance.
People don’t quit Uber as much as they finally figure it out. After that, it’s an easy decision to leave.
Lot of people drive Uber through out the world. Majority of them are part time.
Here are some of the reasons about driving for Uber or Rideshare:
- Flexible schedule: drive whenever you want to drive
- Use your own car which you drive to work everyday
- All rides are paid by credit card, so there is no cash hassle.
- drive where ever you want to drive
- Uber collects money and deposits in your account
- Uber is safe as Uber systems keeps log of each ride
- It is made so easy and anyone with a car can drive for it.
- Its full of knowledge as you meet people every day and you talk to them while you drive.
- Visit and see new areas by making money.
- Use your extra time to make money and make new friends.