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Uber XL Car Requirements – All You Need To Know

If you are interested in driving for UberXL, there are two things that you need to be aware of. One, you need to know the Uber XL car requirements; and two, you need to know the driver requirements.

In this post I’ll be going over all you need to know about the requirements your vehicle must pass before you get started.

UberXL Overview

UberXL is like UberX‘s big brother. It is the “big” version and is the most popular large capacity Uber service that is offered, meaning it is requested most.

When you think UberXL you should be thinking SUV’s. UberXL is all about being large and being able to transport a lot of people. It is commonly used for group transport which can lead to some pretty good fares.

UberXL is also the least luxurious of the “large” Uber services. This is good for you because it means that it is easiest for your car to pass the requirements.

Car Requirements

UberXL vehicles must be SUV’s or minivans. In addition they must meet the following…


Your vehicle must be able to seat 6 additional passengers.


The A/C, windows, and doors must all be in working condition and be able to be controlled manually. Your vehicle must also have at least 4 independently opening doors.


The interior of the vehicle must be in good condition.

You can get away with small rips, stains, etc. because this service isn’t one of luxury. But major interior damage may result in your vehicle not qualifying.


The exterior of the vehicle must be in good cosmetic condition.

Again, same thing here. You can get away with minor cosmetic damage such as small dents, scratches, rust, etc. due to this not being a luxury service.


The age requirement of your vehicle varies depending on where you live. All vehicles must be a 2002 or newer nationwide, but many cities require it to be a 2007 or newer, such as Miami, Pittsburgh, and more.

To check the age requirements in your area you have to go to and click on the Requirements section.


Personal vehicle insurance is required. Your vehicle’s insurance must be in accordance with the state and local laws of your area.

In addition to this insurance, you are provided with Uber insurance that helps cover costs while driving for Uber.


The vehicle must be registered with the state you drive in. This registration does not have to be in your name and can be temporary.

Vehicle History

Your vehicle cannot have been salved or rebuilt. It will need a clean title.


There are not marked vehicles allowed. This means no taxi cabs, government vehicles, etc.

Additionally, not full sized trucks or vans are allowed.

Popular UberXL Vehicle Models

Just to give you a better idea of what cars qualify for UberXL, here is a list of some of the more popular cars that are driven for this service…

Does Your Vehicle Qualify?

If so, then it is important to read over the Uber driver requirements to see if you, the driver, qualifies. Seeing that the car meets Uber’s criteria is just one part of the equation.

If your car is not going to pass then I suggest you read my post on how to drive for Uber without a car. They offer some good car renting, leasing, and buying deals that you may be interested in.

Comments? Questions? Concerns? If there is anything at all that you need to contact me about, do so below in the comment section. I will get back to you within 24 hours:)

UberX Car Requirements – What You Need To Know

Before you signup to drive for UberX, you need to make sure your car meets their criteria. The UberX car requirements are different from those of other Uber services such as UberXL, UberLUX, etc. So you need to know the specific requirements for cars that drive for the UberX service. And this is what I am here for… to tell you all you need to know.

Your car must meet the following…


Your car must be a 4 door sedan and it must be able to seat 4 passengers at minimum (this doesn’t include yourself).

There are no 2 door sports cars allowed with UberX unfortunately.


The interior must be in good condition.

Also, the  windows and air conditioning must be working.

Uber wants your passengers to be comfortable on their paid rides, so its understandable that they don’t want them to be trapped in a hotbox with no a/c.


There must not be any cosmetic damage. However, UberX is the lowest and least luxurious service that Uber offers and I have found that you can get away with minor damage.

Small dents, scrapes, rust spots, etc, are all pass-able. As long as its nothing too major.


The maximum age of your car varies a good deal depending on the state you want to drive for Uber in, but the maximum age requirement you will find anywhere in the U.S. is 2002.

Many cities require UberX vehicles to be much newer, such as 2007 or newer in Miami, Pittsburgh, and more.

The age requirement will also vary depending on whether or not your car is a hybrid. Hybrids get special treatment and Uber allows them to be older than your conventional cars.

For example, in Pittsburgh where I drive for Uber, UberX’s must be 2007 or newer, unless you have a hybrid, which is allowed to be as old as 2005.


Of course the car you drive is going to have to be insured. To meet the insurance requirements all you need is personal insurance that meets your state & local law’s requirements. So your insurance is going to have to be in-state.

On top of the insurance you have, there is also Uber insurance that is provided to you by Uber themselves.


Your must have registration documents as proof of car registration. Both temporary or permanent registration are adequate to meet Uber’s requirements. Also, Uber makes a note that the registration does not have to be in your name.

Vehicle History

Uber does not allow salvaged or rebuild vehicles. So it is important that you check your cars title. In many cases owners are not aware that their car was salvaged.


If your vehicle is “marked” it will not be allowed. What is meant by this is that you cannot have a car with commercial branding, taxi markers, etc.

Popular UberX Car Models

Just to give you an idea of what cars are commonly used for UberX driving, here is a short list. Note: This is a list of only SOME cars, there are plenty of others that qualify.



Does Your Car Meet The UberX Requirements?

If so, then it is important to read over the Uber driver requirements to see if you, the driver, qualifies. Seeing that the car meets Uber’s criteria is just one part of the equation.

If your car is not going to pass then I suggest you read my post on how to drive for Uber without a car. They offer some good car renting, leasing, and buying deals that you may be interested in.

Comments? Questions? Concerns? If there is anything at all that you need to contact me about, do so below in the comment section. I will get back to you within 24 hours:)

How Much Does It Cost to Drive for Uber? It Will Cost You

Everything in life comes with a cost. And unfortunately the freedom of being your own boss and working whenever you want when you drive with Uber is going to cost you. Nothing in life comes free. There is a downside to everything and the cost associated with being an Uber driver is one of these downsides.

What cost am I talking about? There are 2 specific expenses that I am talking about and I will be going over what both of them are as well as about how much they will cost you.

The 2 Expenses of Driving with Uber

Expense #1 – Vehicle Upkeep

Yes if you didn’t know already, you are going to have to cover the costs associated with keeping your vehicle up and running so that you can drive for Uber. This is because Uber considers its drivers “independent contractors”. Basically what this means is that you have your own business and are partnering with Uber. So Uber isn’t responsible for keeping your business (your vehicle) up and running.

Vehicle upkeep includes every and anything that could possible be needed to keep your vehicle drive-able. This could be paying for an oil change, tires, windshield wipers, a break light, a new engine, and most common of all….GAS.

Expense #2 – Taxes!

Taxes… the only way you can legally be stolen from. You work long and hard for that money, but no matter what type of job you have in the US (just about every job), you have to pay taxes.

Uber is no different. Just because you are an independent contractor doesn’t mean you don’t pay taxes. You sure as heck do! Its a bummer,  but its just something that you have to live with.

How Much Money Are These Going To Cost You?

The Cost of Vehicle Upkeep

A general rule of thumb that many drivers go by as well as myself is that 10% of your pay is going to be used for vehicle expenses. But this is just a very general number.

Of course it is going to vary greatly depending on the vehicle that you are driving. Gas is going to be your #1 expense as long as nothing drastic or unusual happens. And if you are driving a hybrid Prius your cost for gas is obviously going to be much less than if you are driving around a 2001 Chevy Suburban SUV.

To find out about how much you will spend on gas driving around your vehicle, you can calculate it yourself of you can do a quick Google search to find out.

After paying for gas, the following common expenses will include new tires, oil changes, new brakes, etc.

The Cost of Taxes

Because you are considered an independent contractor as an Uber driver, you will have to pay both a self-employment tax as well as a federal income tax.

Uber will mail all drivers a 1099k at the end of each year which will show the total earnings.

As another rule of thumb, I expect another 10% of my pay to go to taxes, but again this is just a general estimate. This will also depend greatly on the vehicle that you are driving as you will see below…

Getting Money Back

Luckily for you there are a lot of tax deductions that you can get because you drive for Uber and this is because your car is your business.

Just like the biggest expense that you have when driving for Uber is the gas, the biggest deduction you will have is also gas.

The IRS will allow you to deduct $0.535 for every mile you drive for Uber (The IRS could change this). And this will really add up fast.

Just as a quick example… If you drove 10,000 miles you will get a $5,350 deduction because 10,000 x 0.535 = $5,350.

It doesn’t matter what car you are driving, $0.535 is the estimated cost that the IRS came up with. With many fuel efficient vehicles it isn’t going to cost that much per mile so you will benefit from this deduction more than you actually should.

Track You Mileage

It is important that you keep accurate accounts of the mileage you drive with Uber.

To make it easy I suggest downloading an app like MileIQ or TripLog. The basic mileage tracking features of these apps are free to use.

Final Thoughts

When you drive for Uber you won’t make quite as much as you expect due to the expenses. Depending on the area you are driving and the Uber service that you are driving for you will average different numbers.

Personally, I drive for UberX in Pittsburgh part-time and make around $15/hour after expenses, which you can learn more about here.

Uber may not be quite as good as one expects, but its still a nice flexible job with lots of benefits that I enjoy doing.

Do you have any questions about the expenses associated with Uber? Leave a comment below in the comment section and I’ll get back to you.

Do Uber Drivers Need Special Insurance? Maybe..

Are Uber drivers insured? Yes, they have to be… All driving partners are going to need insurance, but do Uber drivers need special insurance? The answer to that is no…probably. What I mean by that is that most Uber drivers will not need special insurance, but some will. I know it may sound confusing, but its not and will be going over everything you need to know about what insurance you need, the insurance that Uber gives you, and more.

Insurance Requirements

Uber requires all drivers to have their vehicle covered with their own insurance policy that is up to the standards of state and local laws.

But there are different types of vehicle insurance that you could have, personal insurance or commercial insurance.

The requirements will vary depending on what Uber service you are driving for. The more common and less luxurious services require your regular personal insurance, whereas the rarer luxury Uber services require that you have commercial insurance.

Here is a list of the different Uber services and what type of insurance you will be required to have…

UberX – Personal vehicle insurance

UberXL – Personal vehicle insurance

UberSELECT – Personal vehicle insurance

UberLUX – Personal vehicle insurance or Commercial insurance (Varies depending on your location)

UberLUX SUV – Personal vehicle insurance or Commercial insurance (Varies depending on your location)

UberBLACK – Commercial insurance

UberSUV – Commercial insurance

Looking To Drive For UberLUX? How To Find Out What Insurance You Need

As stated above, some areas will require UberLUX drivers to have their vehicle commercially covered while other areas only require personal vehicle coverage.

So how do you find out what you need in your area?

First go to and if you look at the top menu you will see a place called “Local Driver Guide”. Click on that.

This will take you to information about Uber regarding your area. If you scroll down you will see an area where you can select a topic. You want to click on Vehicle Requirements.

Once you click on that you will be provided with Uber’s list of services that are available in your area. If UberLUX requires you to get commercial insurance it will specifically state that. If it does not say anything regarding commercial insurance then that means you do not need it.

Personal Insurance vs Commercial Insurance

Personal vehicle insurance is designed for an individual or a family. It is what the average consumer has and is easy to get a policy for. It protects personal assets, such as car damage, hospital bills, etc.

Commercial vehicle insurance, on the other hand, is designed for businesses. Vehicles that are used for business related purposes should be covered commercially. These policies assume that multiple people from the business will be driving the vehicle and because of this they generally have more coverage.

The downside to commercial insurance is that it costs more and is more difficult to get.

Why does Uber require commercial for certain services?

Honestly it doesn’t make much sense to me. UberBLACK drivers are doing the same exact thing that UberX drivers are doing, just they are driving a much nicer car and are dressed up.

Both drivers are using their cars for business related purposes. So why the difference?

Your Insurance Might Not Be Good Enough

Personal insurance policies have a list of exclusions, or things that will not be in your coverage. And “driving-for-hire” happens to be on of the exclusions that some insurance policies might have.

Because UberX, UberXL, and UberSELECT could be considered commercial driving, they might be excluded in your insurance policy. Although Uber themselves don’t require you to have commercial insurance for these services, you might not have the choice. A lot of this depends on the state you are driving in.

Don’t panic though, lots of personal insurance policies will cover your Uber driving. But you should check your policy to confirm this.

if your personal insurance doesn’t cover it, and since commercial insurance is more expensive than personal insurance, I would check around for another insurance provider before paying for commercial.

Insurance Provided By Uber

Besides having your own vehicle coverage, Uber will provide you with extra insurance. Their insurance policy cover drivers when they are either on a “trip” or in between trips. And just to be clear, a trip is the time from when you accept the trip to the time when you drop off the passengers at the destination.

On a Trip
  • $1 million liability insurance policy that covers your liability to third parties.
  • $1 million uninsured/underinsured motorist injury insurance policy that covers bodily injury to anyone in the Uber vehicle if accident was caused by another driver and they don’t have adequate insurance.
  • Contingent collision and comprehensive insurance policy that covers vehicle damage (must have personal insurance for this to apply). This has a deductible.
In Between Trips
  • Insurance policy that covers third party liability up to $100,000 in bodily injury and property damage per accident.


So first you need to check what type of insurance you will need for the Uber service you wish to drive for. If Uber requires you to have commercial insurance then there is no way around it. If Uber only requires you to have personal insurance then good for you, but I would still let your insurance company know that you are going to be driving for Uber.

For everything you need to know about Uber and how to sign up read How to Drive With Uber in 2017.

Do you have any questions about Uber insurance that I did not answer? Leave them below in the comment section and I will get back to you soon.

Uber Driver Benefits – Why Being an Uber Driver Can Be Pretty Awesome

Driving for Uber isn’t your ordinary job. Its very different from the traditional jobs that many people are used to and there are many benefits of being an Uber driver. Of course there are both pros & cons of it all, but the benefits are what I’m going to be focusing on.

Overall, FREEDOM seems to be what you get when you drive with Uber, and there aren’t too many other jobs that you can say that for.

And this is why I say freedom is what you get… here are some of the Uber driver benefits that you can look forward to if you decide to partner with them…

#1 You Are The Boss

Who likes a boss breathing down their neck while they are trying to work? Nitpicking at every little mistake you make? There is no one that likes that, and luckily for Uber drivers they don’t have a boss.

When you partner with Uber you aren’t considered an employee, you are considered an independent contractor. And YOU are the boss. No one tells you what to do, you do what you want.

The only other “boss” that you could say that you have is the App. The App will give you directions and help you out in some ways, but its a lot better listening to an App than a human being ordering you around. I don’t mind being told to “turn left in a quarter mile” by an App.

#2 Flexible Hours

When you drive for Uber you get to enjoy the freedom of having flexible hours. And when I say flexible I mean it. The hours are as flexible as they can possibly be. You can work whenever you want to and for however long you want to. There are no shifts to fill, there is no obligation to work a certain amount of time. You choose when you work.

Oh no, you forgot that your lab report is due tomorrow, not a problem, drive on home and get it done. Or.. oh my gosh, you forgot about your little girls dance recidle, no problem, swing on by right away. Or maybe you are just tired and feel like taking a nap, thats all in your power to do so.

Of course I don’t recommend getting too lazy because obviously the less you work the less money you will be making, but you get what I’m saying.

#3 You Choose Your Salary

This goes hand-in-hand with the fact that you have as flexible hours as you want. If you need to make more money, then work more. If you are bringing in $2,000 a month and want $4,000 a month, then double your hours.

Of course driving for Uber isn’t going to make you rich, but you do have the opportunity to make more money if you wish. The opportunity is there.

To learn how much money you can realistically make driving for Uber, Click Here.

 #4 Its Relaxing

Now at first when you just start driving for Uber you might not think its relaxing, but once you get the hang of the job it is a breeze.

There is no real brain power involved in this job. You can turn your mind off and let the GPS do the thinking.

I find driving around town (when you are getting paid) to be a very relaxing hobby. And part of what makes it so relaxing isn’t just that its a super easy job, but also that you don’t have to stress out about a boss yelling at you and having to work a certain length of time as I went over above.

Overall, Uber is a great stress-free way to bring in an income.

#5 There Is No Dress Code

Not many people actually like having to dress up for work. And luckily for Uber drivers, they don’t have to!

Uber drivers don’t have to follow any dress code. As long as you meet state and federal laws you can wear whatever you want to. So wear them sweats if that is what makes you feel comfortable.

I would like to point out however that you shouldn’t down-dress  too much because this might cause riders to give you bad ratings. Yes, some riders will judge you on your appearance.

*UberBLACK drivers will have to adhere to a dress code

#6 You Get To Meet New People

This doesn’t really have anything to do with freedom, but I think its worth mentioning.

Many people will probably disagree with me on this one. I don’t consider myself to be the type of person that likes to go out and meet new people all the time. But when you drive for Uber the new people come to you and it just happens.

You will learn a lot, hear a lot of interesting stories, and make some new friends. This is what keeps being an Uber driver from getting too boring. Because if it were just you all alone in your car all day you would probably get pretty lonely.

Of course some people aren’t going to feel like talking. But luckily for you Uber rides are generally pretty short so the awkward silence won’t last too long.


Driving for Uber has a lot of benefits that traditional jobs just don’t have. If you are someone that likes to work on your own terms and enjoy a sense of freedom with your day to day work, then Uber is definitely something you should consider.

Remember, there is no obligation to work a certain number of hours. So you can sign up and test it out for a day and if you hate it then just don’t do it. The sign up process is completely free so if you think you might like it then go for it.

I have been driving for Uber part-time for over a year and I absolutely love it. It fits around my main job, its easy, I consider it a hobby, I make good money, and its just awesome.

You can learn everything you need to know about being an Uber driver and how to start here.


Vehicle Inspection for Uber – What You Need To Know

Before you can get on the road, you will have to pass a vehicle inspection for Uber. It is the final step in the process of becoming an Uber driver. After your vehicle passes inspection and you submit the Uber inspection form, you can begin to make money driving, which is what its all about.

In this post you will learn the requirements of the Uber inspection, where you can get your car inspected, what the inspection will look at, common points of failure, and more.


Ubers inspection requirements are nothing out of the ordinary. All they ask is that your vehicle be inspected by a certified inspection center.

To maintain Uber driving eligibility you must continue to get your car inspected every year, which is in accordance to state laws.

Where To Get Your Vehicle Inspected

As mentioned above, you can get your vehicle inspected anywhere that is licensed to perform inspections. But you might not want to do this.


Because if you go to certain places Uber will cover the cost of inspection. Thats a lot better than paying $20-$35 (depends on state) out of pocket to get your vehicle inspected.

Free Inspections Provided By Uberuber greenlight hubs

Uber partners with Jiffy Lubes, Auto Dealerships, Sprint Stores and other places all across the US. They call these locations “Greenlight Hubs” and they are where you can go to get free inspections so that you can get out on the road without any startup costs.

The amount of Greenlight Hubs in your area and how far you have to drive to get to one will vary. In large cities like Los Angeles there are a lot (14), but smaller areas will likely not have as many.

Finding a Greenlight Hub In Your Area

To find local Greenlight Hubs go to and then click on “Local Driver Guide” in the top menu…

When you click on that it will automatically take you to the page based on your location and the title will be “Drive With Uber (Your City)”. If you scroll down the page you will see a place where you can click on “Vehicle Inspections”. Click this and it will take you to a page that tells you more about inspections and gives you a list of Greenlight Hubs.

There are some cities that might not have a list of Greelight Hubs on Uber’s website, so another way to find them in you area would be simply to Google “Greenlight Hubs (Your City Here)”. Or you can add your city into this link and see if it comes up… city/inspections/

Here are some links where you can find Greenlight Hubs in these popular Uber areas…

Will Your Car Pass?

In order for your car to pass inspection it must be up to par in 19 different areas. The 19 areas that will be inspected on your car include…

  • Headlights
  • Tail Lights
  • Turn Signal Lights
  • Brake Lights
  • Foot Brakes
  • Emergency Brake
  • Steering Mechanism
  • Windshield
  • Safety Belts

  • Rear Window & Side Windows
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Front Seat Adjustment
  • Doors
  • Horn
  • Speedometer
  • Bumpers
  • Muffler & Exhaust System
  • Tires
  • Interior & Exterior Rear View Mirrors

Each of these areas of inspection will be looked at on a pass or fail basis.

Take notice that the inspection does not include anything about the cosmetic appearance of your vehicle. While Uber tells you that your vehicle must not have cosmetic damage, you are able to get away with it in some circumstances.

What Uber doesn’t know won’t hurt them. You do have to upload images of your vehicle when you sign up for Uber, but you might be able to get away with it by using images that hide the damage. Small dents, scratches, etc, are something that people get away with all the time.

Advice – If your car does have minor damage you might want to consider getting it inspected by a 3rd party instead of an Uber Greenlight Hub. 3rd party inspection centers are more likely to overlook cosmetic damage.


Most Common Reason for Failing Inspection

The breaks seem to be the main cause for failing an inspection. Drivers are constantly wearing down the break pads and shoes and it is important to monitor these areas.

During inspection the mechanic will make sure your vehicle’s break pads and shoes are of adequate thickness. According to the minimum thickness of a disk break pad is 1mm, but this may vary depending on state inspection laws.

If They Squeak They Probably Need Replaced

Disk break pads have a way of telling you when they are worn too thin. They have a small piece of metal that sticks out and rubs, making a squeaking or squealing noise when your breaks need replaced.

There could be a number of reasons why your breaks squeak, but if this is the reason then you will absolutely not pass inspection without getting them replaced.

What If Your Vehicle Fails

If your vehicle does not pass inspection it is not a big deal. Unlike the Uber background check where you have to wait 3 months to do it over, with vehicle inspection you can retry immediately.

After inspection you will receive an inspection checklist that the mechanic has filled out. It will show you the reason why your vehicle failed.

Fix the problem area, get your vehicle inspected again, and get out on the road.

Uber 19 Point Inspection Form

Before you go to get your vehicle inspected you will need to download the inspection form and bring it with you. This is the form that the certified inspector will use to pass or fail the 19 different areas of your vehicle, as I listed above.

Here is what it looks like… (You can download this form here)

Uber 19 Point Inspections Form

When you receive this form back after inspection you will then have to upload a photo of it to Uber so that they have proof your vehicle has passed.

You can download and print off the inspection form here.


A Word of Advice

Before you take your vehicle to the inspection center run through the 19 points real quick to see if you find anything wrong. Because there is no point in getting your vehicle inspected and wasting time and possibly money when its going to fail.

Take a look at the tire treads, do they look ok? Listen to your breaks, do they sound alright? Check your lights and turn signals, etc. You don’t have to be a mechanic to do a quick look over.

And if your vehicle (god forbid) doesn’t pass inspection, then that is probably for the better. Inspections cover the drive-ability of your vehicle and if it didn’t pass then it is probably not safe to drive and I would suggest you fix the problem immediately.

Do you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the Uber vehicle inspection? Leave them below and I will get back to you within 24 hours…

Uber Background Check Details – What You Need To Know

Does Uber do background checks? Yes they sure do. This is one of the requirements to become an Uber driver and this is what seems to worry people the most when they are signing up. Uber drivers claim that the background check is too strict, yet riders and the media seem to be on the opposite side of the argument and say it isn’t strict enough.

So what are the background checks like? Will you be able to become a driver with Uber if you stole a pack of gum from a gas station 10 years ago? Or when you got a detention in high school? Or when you parked in that no parking zone? How strict are they?

To start off, you should know that Uber has 2 separate background checks performed on each potential driver.

2 Types of Background ChecksUber background check details

Criminal Background Check

Uber has a criminal background check run for all potential Uber partners. Just like any reputable company, they don’t want convicted criminals driving for them due to liability and other various reasons. This background check is conducted by tracing your Social Security Number, which you will have to provide to Uber when you sign up.

Motor Vehicle Background Check

Since you are going to be driving as a job a motor vehicle background check is inevitable. This background check will conducted by tracing you driver’s license number, which you will also have to provide to Uber during the signup process.

Below each of the two will be explained in more detail.

Criminal Background Check

Who Runs The Background Check?

Uber contracts the third party company Checkr to run the criminal background checks for them. Checkr is a known company in the industry and is also partnered with GrubHub, PostMates, InstaCard, and many other companies.

How Far Back Do They Trace?

Criminal records linked to your SSN will be traced back 7 years.

What Records Do They Look In To?

The records that they will be looking into include county courthouse records, state courthouse records, federal courthouse records, the National Sex Offender Registry, and the Terrorist Watch-list.

Note: Even if you have committed a sex crime in prior to 7 years ago, you are still on the registry and will not pass.

Motor Vehicle Background Check

Who Runs The Background Check?

The motor vehicle background check is also run by Checkr.

How Far Back Do They Check?

Your vehicle history will be checked entirely.

What Records Do They Look In To?

The records will be provided by the DMV and they include any violations, accidents, etc.

What Records Uber Prohibits

If any of the following show up on your background check you will be ineligible to become an Uber driver…

  • Criminal Background Check
    • Any felony, or violent, drug, sexual, or theft related crime in the past 7 years
    • Any sexual crime that requires you to be a registered sex offender
  • Motor Vehicle Background Check
    • A DUI, reckless driving, or hit & run related offense in the past 7 years
    • More than 3 incidents or a speeding tickets for driving in excess of 20mph over the speed limit in the past 3 years

If you have any of what is listed above, you will be ineligible to drive for Uber.

In the motor vehicle background check they will also verify that you have at least 1 year of driving experience if you are over 23 and at least 3 years if you are 21-22.

How to See The Status of Your Background Check

Since Checkr is the company that is actually conducting the background check and not Uber, you will have sign in to the Checkr application portal. To sign in you need to enter your email, phone number, social security number, and birth date.

Uber also should have provided you a link to the Checkr portal.

How Long Does It Take?

Uber tells you that it takes 5-7 days which is pretty accurate. The length of the time will depend on your background. If you have lived in a bunch of different states, this makes it more difficult to check your background, thus taking longer. Also if you have a long criminal record and a long motor vehicle record, it will likely take on the longer side. But if your background is as clean as a whistle and you have lived in one spot all your life it should only take a few days.

The length will also depend on the current demand Checkr has from Uber and other companies.

What If Something Comes Up Wrong?

It is unlikely that Checkr will make a mistake or the records in which they check will be wrong. But in the rare case that something does come up in your background check that is incorrect, you should contact Checkr right away.

The best way to get in touch with them is through the Applicant Portal, which you can access here. The same applies as when you login to check the status of your background check, you will have to provide your email, phone number, SSN, and birth date.

You can send them any documentation and information that shows the incorrectness of the report.

What If You Fail? Can You Reapply

If you fail the background checks Uber states that you can reapply after 3 months.

So maybe you committed a crime 6 years and 9 months ago and this was the reason you failed. If you wait 3 months it will have been 7 years ago and it won’t show up on the background checks.

There are many situations where applying again in 3 months could get you accepted as an Uber driver, but there are also many situations where there would be no point in reapplying.

How to Find Out If You Will Pass

The only sure-fire way to find out if you will pass is to sign up for Uber and time will tell. At the end of the online application you will be taken to the Uber background check form where you will be asked for your social security number and for consent to the background check.

Give it half a week to a week and you will know whether you have passed or not.

Do you have any questions, comments, or concerns about Uber’s background check? Is there anything else you would like to know that was not covered in this article? Write it in the comment section below and I will get back to you.

How to Drive for Uber Without a Car – I’ll Explain

I know it sounds contradicting.. How can you possibly drive for Uber without a car? Well it is possible, very possible and there are people that do this. But I’m sure you already know that and that is why you are on reading this post.

So if it is YOU that are looking to drive for Uber and it is YOU that do not have a car, don’t worry. I’m going to explain how to become an Uber driver without a car.

What you have is 3 options.. You can either rent a car, lease a car, or buy a new car. What I’m going to go over here is renting or leasing a car for Uber driving.

But the first step is knowing what cars qualify for driving with Uber.

What Type Car Can I Drive?

There are a bunch of different Uber services you can drive for and they all have different requirements as to the qualifications of your vehicle.

UberX is the most common of them and this is generally what you think of when you think Uber. It is the cheapest service that Uber offers, it is the easiest to qualify for, and it is the most requested. For a car to qualify for UberX it must meet the following…

  • 4 door sedan
  • Working windows & A/C
  • 2006 or newer (Generally,  but it can be older in some cities)
  • No cosmetic damage
  • No salvaged vehicles

Since you do not have a car and you will have to be renting or leasing a car to drive for Uber, I suggest getting one that is UberX qualified, nothing more. Because this way you won’t have to pay too much for renting/leasing and there is the most opportunity with UberX, it is the most requested service by far.

Rent a Car With Uber

When you sign up to drive for Uber you are given the choice to rent a car. The rental times are very flexible and can accompany any crazy schedule. You can rent for a week, a month, a day, and even for less than a day if you really want to.

Not everyone that qualifies to drive for Uber will qualify to rent a car. While Uber’s driver requirements state that you must be 21 years of age, the required age to be able to rent a car is 25. And on top of that you must also have a credit or debit card, which I’m sure that isn’t a problem.

There are many companies that you can rent cars from to drive with Uber, but what I recommend is going through Uber’s partner rental services which include Hertz, Enterprise, and Hyrecar. Hertz & Enterprise is your normal kind of car rental service, but Hyrecar is a bit different.


If you want to rent an Uber to drive through Hertz it is going to cost you $180 minimum, and that is for a 7 day rental. 7 days is the minimum you can rent a car for and the maximum is 28 days. This includes unlimited miles, maintenance costs, roadside assistance, and damage protection for damage in excess of $1000, but does not include liability coverage.

There is also a $200 security deposit that you must pay before you can drive the car, you will get this amount back if you return the car without damage.

This rate doesn’t include taxes, fees, etc.

You can learn more about Hertz rentals for Uber here.


Enterprise offers rentals for Uber drivers at a minimum of $215 for a weeks time. This includes unlimited miles, liability coverage, and physical damage protection for damage costing more than $1000.

The security deposit that is required for an Enterprise rental is $300 which you will get back if the car is returned without damage.

This rate doesn’t include taxes, fees, etc.

You can learn more about Enterprise rentals for Uber here.


Hyrecar works differently than the rental services above. With Hyre car people can put their personal vehicles up for rental through them. The price of a car rental here will vary the car owner but I have seen Uber certified cars that you can rent out for as low as $120/week. The owner specifies daily, weekly, and monthly mileage limits.

With an Uber driver rental through Hyrecar you are provided with insurance. The insurance covers up to $25,000 in damage and $300,000 in liability. There is a $1,000 deductible.

You can learn more about Hyrecar rentals for Uber Here.

Lease a Car With Uber

If you are looking to get a car that is Uber qualified for the long term, but you still don’t want to buy your own car, then leasing a car with Uber is one of the options you have. The Uber lease program is called Xchange Leasing. They partner with dealerships all over to make leasing through them a little easier and less costly.

In order to qualify for this you must have a “decent” credit history, but it doesn’t have to be stellar. All credit levels are welcome to apply and I know people that have been accepted with not so good credit, but they won’t accept everyone. Things like bankruptcies and car repossessions may disqualify you.

The lowest price per week of leasing that you will find is about $100/week. But the price of the lease is obviously going to depend on things like: what type of car you are leasing, how new it is, etc. To give you an example of what you can expect to pay here is an Example of pricing from Uber themselves…

lease a car with uber

The minimum “disposition fee”, or what is more commonly known as the security deposit, is $250. After 30 days of leasing you are able to cancel your lease, but will lose this deposit.

When leasing a car through the Uber Xchange Leasing program, you get to enjoy things like unlimited mileage, liability insurance, and covered basic maintenance costs. What is also nice is that they automatically deduct the weekly payments from your Uber earnings.

You can learn more about Uber Xchange Leasing here.

 What You Should Do If You Don’t Have a Car

Obviously having your own car is going to be the best option. And there is actually an Uber new car discount program if you would want to buy a new car at a discounted price. But as far as renting or leasing a car goes, it is generally better to rent a car if you are just going to be using it for a short period of time (days to weeks) and lease a car if you are going to be renting it longer (months to years).

But don’t limit your options to the renting and leasing programs that I have just went over in which Uber is partnered with. Check dealerships and rental services near and around your area. Uber makes it easy to rent or lease a car through them, but there are better (cheaper) deals out there that qualify for Uber’s rideshare services.

Its also important to note that the Uber renting and leasing options are not available in all areas. To find out for sure if they are in your area you would have to simply sign up to see.

Have more questions about driving for Uber without a car? Leave them below in the comment section…

How Much Do Uber Drivers Make in 2017? [Insider Info]

How much do Uber drivers make? This is the question that everyone needs answered before they decide whether or not they should take the dive and sign up for Uber. But this question is complicated and comes with many answers. In this post I’m going to be revealing how much I am currently making with Uber in 2017, as well as what other driver’s I know are making. I am also going to be giving you a general estimate of what you could be making if you decide to sign up today.

Before I get into what I am currently making driving for Uber, its important to know how Uber pays you, how the fare breaks down and how much of it you get.

The Math Behind Your Uber Earnings

When someone rides with Uber, their charge consists of 2 things, the fare and the booking fee. The fare is how much they actually charge you to get a ride, and the booking fee is an additional fee to cover Uber expenses such as background checks for new drivers and things of that nature.

The amount an Uber costs depends on the location. I drive for Uber in Pittsburgh PA and this is what the cost for an Uber currently is listed as in this area (UberX is the most common and cheapest type of Uber)

As you can see the Base Fare is $1.30 and then there is $0.15 added per minute of the drive and $1.05 added per mile. The booking fee in Pittsburgh is at $1.45. And then the minimum fare is at $6.95.

The minimum fare is the absolute minimum that a rider will pay for an Uber.

And then of course the cancellation fee is $5, which is nice because you will get people that cancel on you when you are already in route to the pickup location. sometimes this works out to your advantage and you get paid more for your time when people cancel.

So take this for example: Say someone is going from Heinz Field to the Pittsburgh International Airport. This route is about 30 minutes and 18.1 miles. So the math behind the charge would work out like this…

($1.30 base fare) + ($0.15 x 30 minutes) + ($1.05 x 18.1 miles) = $24.80

The total that the Uber rider is paying for that 30 minute trip is $24.80

BUT THIS ISN’T THE AMOUNT THAT YOU AS A DRIVER WILL MAKE. Of course not! You only get a percentage of that. And how much is this? How much would you make in those 30 minutes of driving?

What Percentage Do Uber Drivers Make?

Uber is going to take 25% of that total fare, and you (the driver) are going to be left with 75% of it.

So 75% of $24.80 is going to be $18.6

That really is a good bit of money for 30 minutes of driving. And this is realistic for the route I just went over. Of course you shouldn’t expect to make that kind of money every 30 minutes, but this is just to give you an example of how the fares work and how much you can make on one ride.

Its important to also remember that this is before expenses, which I will go over shortly.

What Do Uber Driver’s Make On Average?

Ok, so I just went over how the fares work and how much you get paid depending on the fare. But that was just an example of one particular fare that you could earn if you drive in Pittsburgh. But what about everywhere else?

To check Uber driver salaries for locations all across the country, Glassdoor seems to be one of the sources. At Glassdoor Uber drivers can submit their salaries anonymously. It has a good reputation and is accurate judging from my knowledge and experience in the industry.

So far they have had close to 400 salary reviews by Uber drivers and the average hourly pay works out to be just over $14/hr.

Uber Salaries

That really isn’t all that great in my opinion but it still beats working at a fast food restaurant of something like that.

But just know that Uber earnings vary greatly depending on the area that you are driving in.

New York City, for example, is famous for very high fares and Uber drivers tend to make very good money here. If you look at the Glassdoor Uber salaries in NYC you will see this…

They make well above the average. If you average out the numbers above, which you have 14 people saying they make an average of 22.34/hr and then you have 5 people saying they make $16.38/hour. If you average out this you will get an average (of the average) being $20.77/hr.

$27.77/hour is pretty darn good. But this number doesn’t tell you what type of Uber these drivers are driving. The Uber service you are driving for will also have a big effect on how much you will make.

Your Uber Makes A Difference

Your car (the Uber) makes a difference in how much you will make. The most common type of Uber is UberX, which is your normal 4 door sedan.

But there is also UberXL, UberLUX, UberLUX SUV, UberBLACK, & UberSELECT, which all cost more for riders and that means the drivers get paid more.

Just to give you a quick overview of all the Uber services offered in case you are unfamiliar with them, here you go…

  • UberX – Sedan, 4 door, must be able to seat 4 passengers
  • UberXL – SUV of minivan, must be able to seat 6 passengers
  • UberSELECT – Mid-tier luxury sedans, must be able to seat 4 passengers, required to be newer than UberX vehicles (2008 or newer in many cities)
  • UberLUX – High end sedan, SUV, or crossover; leather or vinyl interior; required to be newer than most vehicles (2010 or newer in many cities)
  • UberLUX SUV – High end SUV, leather or vinyl interior, also required to be newer than most vehicles (2010 or newer in many cities)
  • UberBLACK – High end “blacked out” sedan, SUV, or crossover; black leather or vinyl interior; must have commercial insurance

And just to give you an idea of the price differences that there are when driving for the different services, check this out. If you are driving for Uber in Miami & South Florida here are several options and the price differences between them…

Driving in the Miami area for UberX isn’t so great. The minimum fare cost is just $5. But if you drive for UberXL its a little more…

And if you have a high end vehicle and want to drive it for UberLUX then you could be making a good bit more… with a $10.70 minimum fare.

You see, there are some big differences in the fare prices between the Uber services.

But just because you drive a more expensive Uber, doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to make more money. You will get more money for the time spent driving obviously, but you also are likely to not drive as much, just because the demand isn’t as high as it is for the cheaper services.

How Much Do I Make Driving For Uber?

I drive for UberX as a “side hustle” and usually average around 15 hours per week. I do this because I find it somewhat relaxing driving around and of course I’m making money doing so. Also, since I’m not working all that much, I only choose to work at the best times of the week.. the times that make me the most money.

For my main job I telecommute and can work whenever I want, so I put Uber first, work the best hours, and work my main job when I’m not working Uber. It works out pretty well.

But anyways, how much do I make driving for Uber in the Pittsburgh area?

I average anywhere from $15 – $22 per hour. So if I take a number in the middle, lets say $19/hour and I’m working 15 hours per week that comes out to $285 for that week. In my opinion thats some decent pay for the small amount of time that I am putting in. And I don’t really consider it work. Its kind of like a hobby to me.

uber expensesDon’t Forget About The Expenses

When you drive for Uber, you are not considered an employee, but rather a partner. Because you are just a partner Uber doesn’t have to really do much of anything for you.

There are a lot of expenses that come with driving your car around picking people up, and unfortunately for you the driver, Uber isn’t going to cover nearly any of them.

Car Expenses

You are responsible for all car maintenance and upkeep. You do not get reimbursed for gas, wear and tear, oil changes, or anything of that nature.

Generally, I say that you can expect 10% of your pay to go back into your car for the upkeep. Now of course this can vary greatly depending on your vehicle.

If you are driving a POS (piece of shit) car that has bad O2 sensors and is guzzling gas like crazy, then you are going to be putting a nice chunk of your pay back into the car. But if you are driving a hybrid 2017 Toyota Prius (58mpg in city) then you are going to be able to keep pretty much all of the pay you get.


And on top of the car related expenses that you are required to cover, you also have to think about the taxes that are going to get taken out of your pay. This is going to be another 10% or so.

Since you aren’t employed by Uber and are just a partner,  you are considered an independent contractor and must pay Federal Income Taxes as well as a Self-Employment Tax. Uber will mail you a 1099-K so that you are able to do this. Filing a 1099 isn’t any harder than filing a normal W-2, there is a great article on how to file a 1099 here.

Luckily, taxes aren’t so bad. You are able to deduct $0.535 for every mile that is driven for business purposes. This is just an estimated gas expense cost that the IRS came up with. Sometime this works out to your advantage. Because if you are driving a new hybrid car, you aren’t going to be spending $0.535 per mile on gas, but you will still be able to get this much back with your taxes.

So if you take the $19/hr average that I make and take 10% off for vehicle expenses and then take another 10% off for taxes, my pay drops down to $15.2/hr of pure profit. And really, I’m still happy with that number.

What Expenses Does Uber Cover? If Any

Uber is nice enough to cover some of your expenses, but not much.


One such expense is your liability to third parties. When you are accepted into Uber you automatically are covered by their liability insurance. As I said this covers your liability of your passengers and is up to $1 million. This insurance applies only when you are logged onto the Uber app, so when you are on a trip or on going to a trip it applies.

They also have an insurance policy that will cover bodily injury of you and anyone in your vehicle up to $1 million if the accident was caused by another driver that was uninsured or under-insured.

And their last insurance policy which all drivers are covered by is their comprehensive/collision insurance. This covers drivers’ vehicle damage on a trip or going to a trip. There is a $1000 deductible with this. And its also important to note that you still need to have your own personal car insurance.

And besides insurance of you, passengers, and your vehicle, Uber also covers inspection costs.

Inspection Costs

This depends on where you are driving for Uber. In many areas you can get your inspection costs completely covered by Uber as long as you go to one of their “Greenlight Hubs”, which is commonly a Jiffy Lube or Sprint Store.

Making More Money Than Average

Surge Pricing

Sometimes Uber will introduce “surge pricing” in certain areas at certain times. What this means is that they will increase fares so that Uber drivers can make more money, giving drivers more incentive to go out and drive. Uber will use this method of increasing fares at busy times and places.

Take advantage of surge pricing if you can and get out there and make more money.


Getting tips from riders is another great way to increase your earnings. The Uber app does not allow tipping, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t get tips in the form of cash. So place a tip jar or something of that nature in your Uber and see how it work out.

The drivers with more expensive Ubers, such as UberLUX’s, are known for getting better tips from their riders. This is because the riders are usually more wealthy. UberX riders for some reason think that they aren’t supposed to tip, but this isn’t true.

I don’t make all that much in the way of tips. If I work 5 hours on Saturday, which I do occasionally, sometimes I will walk away with$50+ in my pocket from tipping. And I know some people that do a lot better than me.

Driving For UberEATS, Can You Make More Money?

ubereats UberEATS is a food delivery service that Uber offers. Instead of driving around people, you are driving around food and delivering it.

There are restaurants that partner with UberEATS. People order food through the UberEATS app at these different restaurants and UberEATS’ drivers in the area are notified.

UberEATS (came out in 2016) is a lot newer than Uber itself, but there is still some good opportunity here. If you live in the bigger cities like LA, NYC, Las Vegas, etc, then UberEATS is going to be a big thing.

Downside… You Are On A Schedule.. Kinda

One of the downsides to UberEATS is that you actually have to schedule your shifts (not in all cities). Every week there will be a shift calendar that you will receive and you have to put in when you will be available. So obviously you can’t really drive for Uber rideshare if you say you will be available for UberEATS at certain times.

You can make some decent money depending on the area around common eating times like lunch and dinner.

How Much Can You Make With UberEATS?

On a positive note, you are guaranteed a minimum of $10-$20/hour depending on your location.

So you might have only 2 deliveries in an hours time that each make you $4. So the total you made for that hour is $8. Uber will then supplement that amount with an additional $2 or so to bring you up to the minimum.

This is definitely nice considering there is no such thing as an hourly minimum with Uber rideshare service.

Uber Signup Bonus

Uber offers a signup bonus to give people some incentive to start driving for them. The bonus depends on where you are signing up to drive and how much demand there is for new drivers. It can be up to as much as $1,000.

Conclusion.. Is Driving For Uber Worth It?

I still recommend Uber to friends and people I know. I like driving for Uber. Its a nice and relaxing part-time job where I can make decent money. I work when I want, however much I want.

I am making over $15/hour after all of the expenses and taxes, just for driving around my car in my spare time. I’m only working around 15 hours a week at the moment, but this adds up to close to $300 extra bucks a week.

My advice: Start driving for Uber part time. Learn where the good spots are, when you can make the most for your time, and then, if there is the opportunity to drive more, do it.

Questions? Comments? Connect with me and other drivers in the comments below…

Uber Food Delivery In Las Vegas – What You Need To Know

Uber food delivery in Las Vegas is one of your best bets for getting food delivered fast. There are delivery drivers on the clock 24/7 and on average it only takes about 15 minutes between the time you order and the time you are chomping down on those scrumptious hot wings, or whatever you order.

This delivery service is called UberEats, and it is more than just great for hungry people. It is also great for restaurants looking to increase their customer base as well as people looking to drive for them and make money on their own time.

Right now in Las Vegas there are 221 restaurants that are partnered with UberEats ranging from just about every single food you can think of. And if you are on this page because you want to know how to order food through them, here is how…

How To Order

To order you can do so through the UberEats app or you can do so on any computer, tablet, phone with internet connection.

The ordering process is simple. And here I will show you how to go about it on a regular old computer.

1) Go to and select your location if it hasn’t been already entered for you


2) Click on the restaurant you want to order from on the list of Open Restaurants


3) Search through their menu and click on the food you wish to order

4) And order your food! Its that simple

Before you finalize your order you will be able to personalize what all is on it. Such as if you want lettuce, tomato, or anything that may come on the particular type of food.

And as you can see from the order statement to the left, there is what is know as a booking fee. This is a flat $4.99 fee no matter how much food you order. This is charged to help cover operational costs for Uber.

Want To Make Money Delivering For UberEats?

UberEats is very similar to regular old Uber when it comes to how you work. With UberEats you work on your own time, as little or as much as you want to and you drive your own car. UberEats can be a nice little part time job that you do when you don’t have anything going on. If you drive around at the right time in the right areas you can make some decent money doing this.

If you are thinking about signing up to driver for UberEats you must first see if you meet the requirements to do so. The UberEats driver requirements are less strict than those of a rideshare Uber driver, because after all, you are just driving around food in your car and not human beings.

So what are the requirements for you as a delivery driver? They include…

  • Must be at least 19 years of age
  • Must have a valid US driver’s license
  • Must have car insurance
  • Must have vehicle registration
  • Must have at least 1 year of driving experience
  • Must be able to lift at least 30lbs

And if you meet these requirements you then must see if your mode of transportation meets the requirements. In Las Vegas you must either have a car or a scooter to be able to deliver for UberEats.

You can start the short online application here.

Looking To Increase Restaurant Sales? UberEats For Your Restaurant

Most restaurants that have partnered with UberEats have great things to say about it. The number one being that they are now earning more money because of it. With UberEats your customer base is pretty much guaranteed to grow. More people will see your business because it is featured on the app, and thus more people are likely to order from you.

And part of the reason that more people will order from your restaurant isn’t just because more people will see it, but also because IT IS UberEats! People love Uber and when they think Uber they think fast. UberEats’ deliveries usually only have a wait period of 15 minutes.

If you are looking to make a delivery service or just looking to boost an existing delivery service the looking into UberEats as a possible choice is a must. They will help promote your menu and broaden your customer reach, they will help quicken delivery times, and most of all they will help you make more money by making your customers happy and keeping them coming back.

You can sign up to partner with UberEats here

UberEats In Las Vegas Rocks

Whether you are someone that is really hungry and is just looking for food fast, or a restaurant looking to make more money, or someone looking to makes some extra money on your own schedule, UberEats is awesome for everyone.

There are a lot of restaurants partnered with UberEats in Las Vegas, which means more selection for the person looking for a speedy meal delivery (221 at the moment). There are lots of Uber users and potential customers for restaurants looking to partner with UberEats. And there are tons of orders daily and lots of potential to earn money for people looking to drive for UberEats.

UberEats was a great business idea by Uber and whether you want to order food, or partner with them as a delivery driver or restaurant, you can do so at