To become an Uber driver, you must overcome certain basic requirements and screening processes. In this article, we will go through these basic requirements so you can decide if you are ready to become an Uber driver.
Let’s kick off with some facts about Uber’s application process:
- Uber application takes between 5 to 10 days, this is all reliant on the applicant’s preparation and providing Uber with all the necessary information, proof, and documentation. Also a completed vehicle inspection and a personal background screening clearance.
- Applicants are not required to provide their car, but they have to bring a vehicle that will conform to all Uber requirements and vehicle standards.
- All applicants are required to provide proof of seven years clean history. If an applicant has a past issue then Uber will not process your application, and you cannot be an Uber driver, so wait until seven years have passed before applying
- If you want to drive in more than one State, you will need to register a car in each Stat separately.
- Applicants are not limited to any driving restrictions within the State they are registered.
- If an applicant wants to drive with companions, then don’t apply, Uber forbids any nonpaying passenger accompanying the driver.
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Here is the list of Uber driver requirements
- Applicants must be over 21 years old.
- All 21-year-old applicants will have three years US driving experience
- Applicants over 23 years old will have at least one year’s US driving experience
- Uber applicants must provide an in-state driving license.
- Uber applicants will have in-state ride-share friendly auto insurance, and the driver’s name will be on the registered card.
- Uber applicants will provide an in-state registered car, even though it doesn’t have to be the applicant drivers property.
All Uber drivers go through a pre-screening for the last seven years providing the following information:
- A clean driving record
- A social security number
- No DUI or drug-related offenses
- No fatal accidents
- No criminal records
- No history of reckless driving
Uber background screening is done by Checker, so if applicants have issues, they must contact Checker via the Checker site contact-us page.
(Note: On many occasions, due to State changes in regulations and laws, Uber will perform new background screening of their drivers in the States with such laws. If a driver has a criminal record or serious driving offense on record after they started driving for Uber and they didn’t notify Uber when it happened, they will be immediately de-activated fro life.)
Applicants Car Requirements
Uber applicants will provide a car that meets Uber requirements and standards.
UberX standards are:
- Ten years old or newer (no older than 2007)
- 2002 or 15 years old is OK for LA, OC, and SF, for other cities check uber.com/drive/yourcity
- In-state license plates
- No taxis, marked or salvaged cars
- The car must pass the Uber inspection
- The car registration is up to date, although the applicant’s name does not need to be on the car registration.
If you need a full list of these requirements for your particular state, applicants can go to ubermovement.com and find there more information about specific state requirements.
For applicants that don’t own a car but want to own one, Uber provides some interesting ride-share leasing programs that are quick to process and easy on the pocket.
Uber car inspection
Once an applicant has provided Uber with a car, they must get it inspected by one of the Ubers accepted greenlight inspection services. Applicants can find a list of these services in movement.uber.com, and they will also need to fill out the vehicle inspection form. The actual Uber inspection is free, but you will need to bring these documents and items with you for your inspection:
- A 10-year-old four doors five seatbelts non-salvaged vehicle
- A valid driving license
- A valid car registration
- Proof of insurance
- Banking info or avoided personal check (to organize a direct deposit)
Uber has no preferences to which insurance coverage you produce, so long as it is an acceptable rideshare insurance plan. Uber also provides an in-house commercial insurance policy for their drivers, but this policy is limited and leaves Uber drivers open to liability in the period. For period 2 and 3 there is a $1,000 deductible, and the whole policy covers $1 million only. It is prudent for applicants to provide a personal insurance plan to be sure of all situations and to be able to sleep well at night and drive with a clear mind during Uber hours.
What is ride-share Friendly?
Ride-share friendly insurance is an insurance policy designed for ride-share drivers. Ride-share driving is a professional service and as such requires a focused, and professional coverage that take into account Ubers so-called “periods.”
What is an Uber Period?
Uber has three periods. They are:
- Period 1: When you start your shift, or when you finish period 3 and don’t have a call, or when your car is standing still or driving but without a fare.
- Period 2: Starts from the moment you receive pick up call till you pick up the passenger.
- Period 3: Starts when the passenger sits in the car until the drop-off.
The rideshare friendly policy
A rideshare friendly policy will cover the periods that Uber doesn’t cover. Since Period 1 is uncovered by Uber, the rideshare friendly policy will cover it. Uber’s policy only covers periods 2 and 3, with a $1,000 Uber collision deductible. A ride-share friendly policy covers periods 2 and three with a collision waiver clause.
Standard insurance coverage:
Whatever you do, do not take standard insurance, it does not cover a rideshare driver, and if you think you are safe, then you are an idiot. You will be wasting your money as well as being uncovered and open to full liability and causes costs.