How to Drive for Uber Eats – What You Should Know

Uber Eats can be fun to drive for and is a nice alternative to the regular old rideshare driving services that Uber offers. If you are wondering how to drive for Uber Eats then this post is for you.

I have been getting questions regarding how to get started and aspects of the job so I finally decided to write this post on it. In this short post I’m going to explain the steps you need to take to get started, the requirements you have to meet, as well as what a day on the job is like working as an Uber Eats driver.

How To Get Started

To begin the process the first thing that you will have to do is apply. This is a smooth and simple process that is not a hassle at all. There is no formal interview or anything of that nature. The most worrisome part of it all is the background check, which I will go over in more detail shortly.

If you are already an Uber driver then the process of driving for Uber Eats is different and much simpler/faster. But if not you will have to go through the entire process as follows…

Step 1: Apply Online

To do this you will have to go to www.uber.com/a/signup/drive/deliver/. You will start by filling out personal details such as your name, address, phone number, and all that good stuff.

Step 2: Upload Documents

After you submit your application initially online you will then be contacted by email to continue the signup process. You will be asked to submit pictures of you driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.

Step 3: Consent to Background Check

You will also be required to consent to a background check and you must pass this check in order to become a partner. The background check will be run by a third party company called Checkr. This company is also responsible for running the background checks for similar companies such as PostMates and GrubHub.

I don’t want to get into the background check here but if you are interested in knowing more about it you can read a separate post I wrote here.

Step 4: Download The Uber Partners App

If all goes well and you pass the background check you will then be invited to download the Uber Partners app. You will get an email inviting you to do so. Once you have downloaded the app and logged in you can start delivering for Uber Eats and earning money right away.

Not Available In Your Area?

Because UberEats is one of Uber’s newest services it is not available in many areas that their rideshare services are available. There is nothing you can do about this. UberEats is still expanding quite a bit and is becoming available in more an more cities but if its not in your city all you can do is wait.

Whenever you go to actually apply you will find out real fast if its available or not.  If it is not then you will be unable to complete the online application.

The Requirements

Driving for UberEats has slightly different requirements than driving for Uber’s rideshare services. Overall it is easier to get accepted to become an UberEats partner than a regular Uber rideshare partner, although both are extremely easy in my opinion.

In order to partner with Uber Eats you must…

  • Be at least 19 years old (at least 21 years old in Canada)
  • Have a driver’s license, regular insurance, and proof of vehicle registration
  • Have proof of vehicle registration
  • Have car insurance
  • Have at least one year of driving experience
  • Have a car that is 1996 or newer (varies depending on your location)
  • Be able to lift up to 30 pounds

As you can see, you meet the age requirements if you are just 19 years old, whereas you have to be a minimum of 21 years old to driver for Uber rideshare. Another difference is that you have to be able to lift 30 pounds. Its not like they are going to test you on this or anything, they are just kind-of letting you know that the job will require some lifting which will come in the form of lifting bags of food out of your car to deliver.

What a Day On The Job Is Like

There are 2 types of UberEats services that you can deliver for. There are your instant deliveries and there are your restaurant deliveries.

Instant Deliveries are pre-made food deliveries. With these you will stock up on the pre-made food at the distribution center near you before your shift. The food will be stored in warm bags. When people place orders in your area you will be able to accept them and you will then immediately deliver the food.

Restaurant deliveries are when people order through the Uber Eats app from a restaurant. Just as the instant deliveries, you will be able to accept the deliveries in your area that you want. The difference is that you will have to drive to the restaurant to pick up the food of course.

The Main Difference

The main difference between the 2 types of Uber Eats delivery jobs is the freedom you get. With instant delivery you have to schedule your shifts in advance. These are typically around busy hours like lunch time.

For restaurant deliveries it works like Uber rideshare. You just work whenever you want to. There are no shifts. You can accept a delivery at any time one is available and also can cancel an order if you wish too. There is a lot more time freedom here.

Note: UberEats is rapidly changing and some areas require you to schedule shifts whereas others do not.

A Typical Day

A typical day is exactly what you would expect. There aren’t really any surprises. Its simple, you pick up the food and you deliver the food.

When delivering instant deliveries you will stock up beforehand and when delivering restaurant deliveries you will go to the restaurant after an order is placed and you have accepted it. To pick up an order from a restaurant all you need is the order number. You don’t have to worry about paying for it or anything like that.

The Main Benefits of Driving for UberEats

  • You only have to be 19 years old
  • The car requirements are much more lenient

Because of these, driving for UberEats can be an advantage for some that cannot drive for Uber rideshare.

Comments, questions, concerns??? Leave them below in the comment section and I’ll get back to you soon 🙂


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Keith - February 22, 2018

As (almost) always, my situation falls in the middle of the two options you list. I am a FORMER uber driver, i went inactive almost 3 years ago.

• Any chance i can skip the background check? (doubting it)
• Any chance i’m ‘grandfathered in’ at the old 80% rate?

How do i get going for Eats _only_?



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