How To Become An Uber Driver In California

how to become an uber driver in californiaThe requirements to drive with Uber are relatively the same across the board, with some exceptions. For example the requirements for those of you living in California are somewhat different than those of you living in New York and so on. Because of this it is important to know the specific requirements in your particular area. And in this particular post I am going to be going over how to become an Uber driver in California.

Live In CA? And Want To Drive For Uber

First off, you must meet the requirements as a driver. I’m not talking about your car here, I am just talking about you the driver.

Driver Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be able to pass a background check (you will have to provide your SSN)
  • Must have at least 1 year of driving experience (at least 3 years if you are under the age of 23)
  • Must have a clean driving record (they will check)
  • Must have an in-state driver’s license

The requirements for you as a person are pretty much what you would expect. You don’t have to have any experience in ride sharing or anything of that nature. Any normal driver can easily qualify for Uber by meeting the requirements listed above.

If you meet the driver requirements you then need to see if your vehicle is up to Uber’s standards. They aren’t going to let you drive around for them in a 1990 Chevy Station Wagon.

Vehicle Requirements:

  • In Los Angeles, Orange County, & San Francisco your vehicle can be as old as 2001 (most other cities require your vehicle to be 2007 or newer)
  • Your vehicle must be able to pass an Uber inspection
  • Must have car insurance and your name MUST be on the policy
  • Must have in-state plates
  • Vehicle registration must be current (Uber accepts temporary registration and the registration doesn’t have to be in your name)
  • Must not have cosmetic damage (don’t worry about minor damage)
  • Must not have commercial decals, logos, or any kind of commercial promotion
  • You CANNOT drive a
    • Crown Victoria’s (old style police car)
    • Marked vehicles such as taxis
    • Full size vans (Ex: GMC Savana)

* Hybrid vehicles don’t have the same age requirement. They get special treatment and meet requirements if they are 2004 or newer.

I know its pretty surprising that Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco are more lenient when it comes to your car’s age than most cities in the US are. You wouldn’t expect it to be that way, but it is what it is. And thats great for you California drivers.

Getting Your Vehicle Inspected By Uber

Well not exactly by Uber, but by what Uber calls “Greenlight” Spots. These are just inspection places that Uber trusts and these include any place that is licensed by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair. It is required by California law that Uber partners get their car inspected every year or every 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Get FREE Inspections!

Uber offers free yearly inspections in many California cities. In Los Angeles for example, Uber is partnered with Jiffy Lube and Sprint Stores. You can go to either of these places and get a free inspection.

If you go to a third party inspection center you will have to pay yourself.

Ready To Sign Up?

By the way, you do not have to get your vehicle inspected before going through the process of signing up. I would suggest that you sign up first because it will take some time for Uber to check your background, driving history, etc.

You can visit here and you will be directed to what you see below. Simply fill in the information in the “sign up to drive” are and you will be on your way.

After putting your name, email, phone #, and creating a password, you will then be taken to the next step of signing up, which is the background check. All you have to do here is enter your SSN and they will look into your history to make sure you hire-able.

You will then be asked to submit a picture of your driver’s license, and so on.

The entire process to signing up for Uber is very easy and straightforward. Its not like you have to go to any interviews or anything of that nature. If you meet the requirements and your vehicle meets the requirements then there is no good reason why you should not be able to drive for Uber.

But there will always be little things that might disqualify you from being qualified or your vehicle from meeting their standards, but what I have went over are the basics of it all. The only way to find out for sure if you can drive for Uber is to simply apply.


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