How to Drive With Uber in 2017

If you are interested in driving around on your own time, picking up strangers, and making money, then Uber…. wait a minute that didn’t sound right. Let me try that again… if you are interested in driving around on your own time, picking up and transporting passengers, and making money doing so, then Uber just might be that great opportunity you are looking for.

In this short article I will be going over everything you need to know before you sign up for Uber so that you can make an informed decision of whether or not its right for you. I’ll be giving you the goods and bads, and I know because I am an Uber driver myself. After that I’ll show you exactly how to drive with Uber in 2017 if you desire.

But first… This Is Why Uber Is So Darn Awesome…

The start of Uber way back in 2009 was intended to create a simple way to more effectively get a taxi. Jump forward to 2017 and Uber is the largest ridesharing business in the world by far. They have well over 1 million drivers in over 500 cities across the world.

Uber’s business has expanded at astronomical rates. Why is this? Well, because the business is created around an ingenious idea that makes it easier, cheaper, and faster for people to get get around. People love it and with this massive demand for Ubers there is a demand for Uber drivers, which is where you come in.

Not only do Uber riders love the concept of being able to get to their destination faster and cheaper than ever before, but Uber drivers also love the concept. There are a lot of benefits to driving with Uber…


 

Benefits of Driving With Uber

Driving with Uber is not like any traditional job there is. Its not like a 9-5 where you are forced to work a certain schedule, and its not like a normal hierarchy job where you have a boss yelling at you all day. There are many benefits of driving for Uber.

When you drive for Uber you can…

  • Be your own boss
  • Enjoy flexible hours and work whenever you want
  • Work however long you want
  • Take breaks when you want
  • Relax, its easy work that requires no real brain power
  • Wear whatever you want, no dress codes (There is 1 exception to this that I’ll go over later)
  • See new things and meet new people

Driving for Uber is something that you can do full-time or part-time. Like I said above, you work whenever and however much you want.

Personally, I drive for Uber part-time and really enjoy it. I find driving around relaxing, especially when you are making money doing so. Having an app on your phone that gives you directions instead of a real human boss is a huge plus.


 

Uber Driver Requirements

Uber is know for their extremely easy “hiring” process. And I say “hiring” because you aren’t really getting hired to work for Uber, rather you are getting contracted to work “with” Uber.

Uber drivers are considered independent contractors and for this reason it is very easy to drive for uber. There are no formal interviews, etc. If you meet the requirements then you are on the team.

The requirements that you must meet in order to qualify as an Uber driver include…

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have at least 1 year of driving experience (3 years if you are under the age of 23)
  • Must have an in-state driver’s license
    • Will need a limo license if you want to drive for UberBLACK
  • Must have a Social Security Number
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check
    • No felonies or misdemeanors involving theft, drugs, or violence
  • Must be able to pass a motor vehicle background check
    • No more than 3 incidents in the previous 3 years
    • No DUI or reckless driving in your lifetime
    • No speeding tickets for driving in excess of 20mph in the past 3 years

*Read this article on Uber’s background checks if they worry you. 

Now that you have an idea of whether or not YOU, the Uber driver, qualifies to drive, it is time to see if your car qualifies to be an Uber.


 

Different Uber Driver Services Available

When you think of Uber you probably think of the people driving around your average sedans picking up and dropping off people. But Uber is much more than that. Uber offers many different drivesharing services ranging from your ordinary sedan like I just mentioned, to upper-class luxury vehicles.

The availability of the different services varies depending on your location, but here is a list of the different type of Uber services you might be able to drive for…

  • UberX – Cheapest but most requested service
  • UberXL – More fares with multiple riders per request
  • UberSELECT – Mid-tier service, makes you more money per rider
  • UberLUX – Top-tier service, high pay per ride request
  • UberLUX SUV – Top-tier service, high pay per ride request + multiple riders per request
  • UberSUV – Another top-tier service, high pay per ride request + multiple riders per request
  • UberBLACK – Another top-tier service, high pay per ride request

This list goes from cheapest (at the top) to most expensive (at the bottom). But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to make the least money with UberX, which is the cheapest. As I mentioned above, it is the most requested Uber service by far and there are many people bringing in a full-time income driving with UberX.

In addition to the rideshare services, where you make money giving people rides, Uber also has a food delivery service called UberEATS.

Since each of these Uber services are different, they all have different requirements that your vehicle must meet in order for it to qualify to be an Uber. See if your vehicle will qualify below…


 

Uber Vehicle Requirements

UberX vehicle requirements

UberX

Vehicle Requirements

  • Must be a 4 door sedan
  • Must be able to seat at least 4 passengers
  • Must be a 2006 or newer*
  • A/C & windows must be in working condition
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles allowed
  • No marked vehicles allowed (Ex: taxis, commercial branding)
  • Must be free of cosmetic damage
  • Must be insured and registered (registration doesn’t have to be in your name)

 

UberXLUberXL vehicle requirements

Vehicle Requirements

  • Must be a SUV or Minivan
  • Must be able to seat at least 6 passengers
  • Must be a 2006 or newer*
  • A/C & windows must be in working condition
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles allowed
  • No marked vehicles allowed (Ex: taxis, commercial branding)
  • No full-sized trucks or vans allowed
  • Must be free of cosmetic damage
  • Must be insured and registered (registration doesn’t have to be in your name)

 

UberSELECTUberSELECT vehicle requirements

Vehicle Requirements

  • Must be a 4 door mid-tier luxury sedan
  • Must be able to seat at least 4 passengers
  • Must be a 2008 or newer*
  • A/C & windows must be in working condition
  • Must have leather or vinyl interior with no tears
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles allowed
  • No marked vehicles allowed (Ex: taxis, commercial branding)
  • Must be free of cosmetic damage
  • Must be insured and registered (registration doesn’t have to be in your name)

 

UberLUXUberLUX vehicle requirements

Vehicle Requirements

  • Must be a 4 door high-end luxury sedan, crossover, or SUV
  • Must be able to seat at least 4 passengers
  • Interiors & exterior must be in near perfect condition
  • Must be a 2010 or newer*
  • A/C & windows must be in working condition
  • Must have leather or vinyl interior in with no tears
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles allowed
  • No marked vehicles allowed (Ex: taxis, commercial branding)
  • Must be free of cosmetic damage
  • Must be insured and registered (registration doesn’t have to be in your name)
  • Requires commercial insurance & TCP number in some cities

 

UberLUX SUV

(same as UberLUX just this is exclusively for SUV’s)UberLUX SUV vehicle requirements

Vehicle Requirements

  • Must be a high-end luxury SUV
  • Must be able to seat at least 6 passengers
  • Interiors & exterior must be in near perfect condition
  • Must be a 2010 or newer*
  • A/C & windows must be in working condition
  • Must have leather or vinyl interior in with no tears
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles allowed
  • No marked vehicles allowed (Ex: taxis, commercial branding)
  • Must be free of cosmetic damage
  • Must be insured and registered (registration doesn’t have to be in your name)
  • Requires commercial insurance and TCP number in some cities

 

UberBLACK

(Drivers will need limo license)UberBLACK vehicle requirements

Vehicle Requirements

  • Must be a 4 door high-end luxury sedan, crossover, or SUV
  • Must be able to seat at least 4 passengers
  • Interiors & exterior must be all black and in near perfect condition
  • Must be a 2012 or newer*
  • A/C & windows must be in working condition
  • Must have leather or vinyl interior in with no tears
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles allowed
  • No marked vehicles allowed (Ex: taxis, commercial branding)
  • Must be free of cosmetic damage
  • Must have TCP number
  • Must have commercial insurance and be commercially registered

 

UberSUV

(SUV exclusive version of UberBlack) (Drivers will need limo license)uberSUV vehicle requirements

Vehicle Requirements

  • Must be a high-end luxury SUV
  • Must be able to seat at least 6 passengers
  • Interiors & exterior must be all black and in near perfect condition
  • Must be a 2012 or newer*
  • A/C & windows must be in working condition
  • Must have leather or vinyl interior in with no tears
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles allowed
  • No marked vehicles allowed (Ex: taxis, commercial branding)
  • Must be free of cosmetic damage
  • Must have TCP number
  • Must have commercial insurance and be commercially registered

 

*The vehicle age requirement will vary with the location in which you are driving for Uber. What I listed above is based on general age requirements across the board.

Vehicle Inspection

In addition to the requirements listed above, all Uber vehicles must be inspected prior to driving for Uber and they also must maintain inspection according to state laws.

Uber actually covers the cost of inspection at certain auto centers that they are partnered with. You can learn more about Uber inspections here.

There may be other additional small requirements that your city might have. These may include things like requiring your vehicle to have an Uber sticker in the window and other small things.

 


 

Required Insurance

In order for you and your vehicle to qualify for to drive for Uber, you are going to need insurance. This should be expected. There is obviously no way they are going to let you work for them and drive around without being insured.

The insurance requirements are nothing out of the ordinary or extreme. All that is required is that your vehicles insurance policy be in accordance with the state laws of your area. So if you are already driving legally, you are good to go in this department.

You can see this list of insurance options available in your state if you wish.

Besides having your own insurance, Uber is nice enough to cover you with their insurance.

Uber Insurance

When you are on a trip with Uber, which is the time between accepting a trip and dropping off the rider at their destination, you are covered by Uber’s liability insurance, Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Injury Insurance, and Contingent Collision & Comprehensive insurance.

And when you are in between trips Uber even still provides liability insurance from a third party.

UberBLACK Insurance Is Different

When you drive for UberBLACK or its big brother, UberSUV (The SUV version of UberBLACK), you will need commercial insurance. And you will need commercial registration in order to get commercial insurance. (In some locations UberLUX also requires commercial insurance)

You can learn more about the insurance you will need for Uber here.


 

Don’t Have A Car? You Can Still Drive For Uber

UberHORSE is now hiring and… no I’m joking. But really, you still can drive for Uber if you don’t have your own car.

Uber is partnered with several different companies that make it easy for want-to-be drivers to rent, lease, or even buy a new car at a discount so that they can start making money driving with Uber.

Whether you are looking to just test Uber out to see how it goes and just want a car for a day, or if you are looking to have a vehicle for the longer term and need something for a year or twhttps://iheartridesharing.com/how-to-drive-for-uber-without-a-car-ill-explaino, Uber provides options.

Renting a car is what you want if you only need it for a short period of time (days to weeks) and leasing a car is for the longer term (months to years).

When you rent or lease a car through Uber or their partnered services, you do not need to worry about insurance, all the cars are already covered. And with most of their options you can enjoy unlimited mileage and basic maintenance coverage.

I’m not saying that Uber’s rental, leasing, and discount buying services are the best way to go, but they are worth it in some situations. You can learn more about these options here: driving for Uber without a car.


 

How Much Money Can You Make With Uber?

On to the big question.. The question that everyone wants to know before they decide to dive in and become an Uber driver or not.. How much money can you make??!!

This question is somewhat complicated to answer due to the many factors that can effect how much you make, like the time you put in, the Uber service you drive for, your location, etc.

There is no doubt driving for Uber is better than a minimum wage McDonald’s job

You could make $10/hr or you could make $30/hr. A lot of this also depends on your experience with the area you are driving. If you know what time makes you the most money and what spots make you the most money, you can definitely earn more.

There are Uber drivers that drive full-time that pull in $40,000 a year, and then there are part-timers that pull in however much they want. The flexibility of driving for Uber makes it a job where you can kinda make what you want (you aren’t going to make it rich though).

Uber, without question, has become more difficult to make money with due to their growth and competition from other drivers, but it still can be a great money maker.

To learn more about how much money you can make with Uber in 2017, how much I make driving for Uber part-time, and expenses that you will have, Click Here.

* There is a big sign up bonus for new drivers (up to $1,000)


 

Maintaining Uber Driver Eligibility

Uber has a 2-way rating system. Your rider’s will be able to rate you as an Uber driver, and you, the Uber driver, will be able to rate the riders. Most companies don’t have systems like this in place where service providers can rate customers, and this is definitely a plus. That way you can avoid picking up riders that might cause trouble.

When it comes to eligibility, the ratings that you are worried about are the ones that the riders give you.

While you don’t have a boss staring at you making sure you are doing your job right all the time, you do have riders rating you on your job performance. So you do have to take pride in the service you are providing. Maintaining a clean vehicle, driving appropriately, and navigating the routes correctly is a must.

Riders will be able to rate you from 1 to 5 stars. Depending on the Uber service you are driving for, the rating you must exceed to remain eligible differs. In general you are going to want to keep your rating above a 4.5. And if you are driving for the more luxurious Uber services, such as UberLUX or UberBLACK, you are going to be held to a higher standard somewhere in the realm of 4.8.

Not only are high ratings important because without them you won’t be able to drive for Uber, but they also will increase the number of people that request rides from you.

You can learn more about Uber’s rating system here. And if you are already a driver you can click here to see what your Uber driver rating is.

And I know this might scare you, but it shouldn’t. Maintaining a high rating really isn’t hard. Remember, you are just driving people from place to place, you aren’t cooking them a meal and trimming their nails as you drive.


 

Uber Complaints

As with anything in life, there are going to be complaints. Uber is no different. While some people will tell you that driving for Uber is the greatest thing ever, other people will tell you that this isn’t true.

3 of the most common complaints that I have heard from other Uber drivers is…

Support Isn’t That Great

As with just about every business now-a-days, Uber lacks the support that driver’s need. They do have support and several ways to contact them, but its just not as good as it should be. Finding answers to a question you have can be a pain.

You can read my post on 7 Ways To Contact Uber Support for more info on this.

Too Much Competition

It is without a doubt more difficult to make money with Uber than it used to be. The market is becoming increasingly saturated with drivers and there is much more competition.

Unreliable

This goes hand in hand with “too much competition”. You don’t have a fixed income with Uber. The pay will fluctuate depending on the rider demand and the competition from drivers. It will also be effected by big events such as sports games, holidays, etc. (which are a good thing).

You Have to Pay For Vehicle Upkeep 

When you drive for Uber, you are not considered an employee. You are considered an independent contractor. Because of this you have to pay to maintain your Uber. This means you pay for gas, maintenance, repairs, etc.

No Tips? Come On!

Uber doesn’t have anywhere for riders to tip you on their app. This can be disappointing. But you can still get tips via cash. Uber has nothing against that.


 

Pros vs Cons

Pros

  • Flexible schedule, can work whenever and as little or as much as you want
  • You are the boss
  • Good pay, Uber drivers average around $15-20/hr
  • Big sign-up bonus (up to $1,000)
  • Full or part-time potential
  • Easy work, don’t really need to use your brain
  • Can take breaks when you want
  • Get to meet new people

Cons

  • A lot of competition from other drivers
  • Pay sometimes isn’t reliable
  • You have to pay for vehicle upkeep
  • No in-app tipping platform
  • Support isn’t that great
  • You will probably have to deal with drunk people

 

What I Recommend

I personally drive for Uber part-time and this is what I usually recommend to others. I only drive around 15 hours per week and bring in close to $300 in that time. Its the best extra “job” I’ve ever had because it never gets in the way of anything (because I only work when I have time to) and its relaxing and easy.

I recommend part-time to start out because this way you can get to know what times and places are good for making money, and then you can decide whether or not working longer is worth your time. This is a better approach than going out there not knowing what you are doing and wasting a bunch of time in areas that aren’t going to make you much money.

In addition to Uber being a pretty nice job, if you sign up now you can get a hefty signup bonus. I’ll go over exactly how to sign up below. Its simple.


 

How to Sign Up With Uber

Step 1: Fill Out Online Application [Click Here To Start]

It will only take you around 10 minutes to complete this. You will be asked to provide personal information like your name, email address, SSN, driver’s license, etc. You will then be asked to provide vehicle information such as registration and insurance along with photos of your vehicle.

Step 2: Wait On The Background Check To Clear

As I mentioned in the “Driver Requirements” section, you must pass a criminal background check as well as a motor vehicle background check. The background checks will be conducted through your SSN and driver’s license. Uber tells you that it will take 5-7 days, but if you have a clean record it is likely it will go through sooner. And if you have a record with lots of incidents it will likely take longer.

Step 2: Get Your Vehicle Inspected

Once you have passed the background check and know for sure that you are qualified, it is time to get your vehicle inspected. You can go to Uber’s Greenlight Hubs and get your car inspected for free, or you can pay and get your car inspected at any state licensed inspection center. You can find these Greenlight Hubs at Uber.com.

*Some Uber Greenlight Hubs will give you a small cash bonus for getting your car inspected there.

And thats it! You are officially an Uber driver and can hit the road immediately!

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