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Uber Driver’s Requirements for 2019


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Uber Driver's Requirements for 2019

Uber and other ride-sharing companies have strongly transformed the transportation industry in the last 2 decades. To meet with customers’ wants and needs, these companies are making many offers and enlarging their lists of services.

 

People use these services not only to reach from point A to B but also to have a good experience during that period. Of course, everyone appreciates comfort. A clean and new vehicle without any damage in it, good smell, and comfortable seats will make the ride a pleasant experience for the customer.

Companies understand that the key to business success is in having satisfied and happy customers. To ensure customer satisfaction, they establish rules and set requirements for the drivers to follow.

For Uber, one of those criteria is vehicle requirements. There are different classes of cars riding at Uber each has specific criteria, based on class.

Despite the class-specific requirements, there are some general ones.

Those are the following:

  • The vehicle must have 4 doors.
  • The car has to have at least 4 passenger seats.
  • The car model years should be not older than 15 years.
  • The title should not be renovated, reconstructed, or salvaged.
  • Unless Uber approves the vehicle, it cannot be rented for driving at Uber.
  • There should be no damaged parts in the exterior and interior.
  • The vehicle should not represent any advertising.
  • The vehicle should not have any taxi paint jobs.
  • The vehicle should be insured, regardless if it is a personally owned one or rented. If it is not a vehicle that you personally own, you still need to have your name on the insurance document.

There are some variations between the specific requirements for each city, and when registering as a driver, you should make sure to meet all the requirements of your city.

Let’s take the example of Los Angeles and see what the main terms are.

Uber Vehicle Requirements Los Angeles

Los Angeles has specific requirements for Uber drivers.

Once the driver goes online, they should have an Uber decal on the vehicle. It should be placed on the front rider windshield facing outward. Moreover, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) requires drivers taking rides to LAX to authorize their vehicles and stick the LAX placard in front of the car. You can take those off when you are offline. But it is recommended to keep the paper that comes with a sticker so that you can stick it on your car when you are using Uber.

You will get your decal from Uber when you start your partnership with it. It will be delivered within 7 working days. In case if you need a new one later, you can request it and get it mailed to you. It is also possible to get one from the local Greenlight Hub.

Although each city has its own terms, the requirements for each Uber type are the same for every city. Now let’s go through different types and car models to see if your car qualifies.

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Vehicle options

UberX

This is the most ordered ride option at Uber. First of all, the car should have 4 doors which open independently. To be able to transfer 4 passengers, the car should originally be built with 5 seats and have 5 seat belts. Please note that it is not allowed to have non-factory-installed seats and other seating modifications. The car should have all of its windows in perfect working condition. It is not allowed to drive vehicles such as box trucks or vans, minivans.

BMW 3 Series
BMW 3 Series

Moreover, you cannot get your taxi cabs qualified for UberX drivers. It is also not allowed to use governmental vehicles or any other vehicle that has some kind of commercial marks on it. However, the car can be of any color.

For safety reasons of customers, UberX does not allow drivers to ride vehicles that are salvaged, rebuilt, or reconstructed. The vehicle cannot be insured in any other state despite California.

Uber published the list of car models suitable to be driven under UberX. Those are the following:

Make Model
Acura CSX, ILX, MDX, RDX, RL, RLX, TL, TLX, TSX, ZDX
Audi A1, A2, A3, A4, A4 Avant, A5, A6, A6 Avant, A7, A8, Allroad, Q3, Q5, Q7, RS 4, RS 6, RS 7, S1, S3, S4, S6, S7, S8, SQ5
Bentley Arnage, Azure, Flying Spur, Mulsanne, T2
BMW 3-series, 5-series, 7-series, ActiveHybrid 5, Alpina B7, M3, M5, M6 Gran Coupe, X1, X3, X4, X5, X6
Buick Allure, Century, Enclave, Encore, Envision, Excelle, GL8, Hideo, LaCrosse, LeSabre, Lucerne, Park Avenue, Rainier, Regal, Rendezvous, Royaum, Terraza, Verano (min year: 2014)
BYD e6
Cadillac ATS, BLS, Catera, CT6, CTS, DTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Fleetwood, SRX, STS, XT5, XTS
Chevrolet Astra, Astro, Avalanche, Aveo, Beat, Blazer, Captiva, Cavalier, Classic, Cobalt, Colorado, Cruze (min year: 2014), Enjoy, Epica, Equinox, Evanda, HHR, Impala, Kalos, Lacetti, Lova, LTZ, Lumina, Malibu, Matiz, Metro, Monte Carlo, Nabira, Omega, Onix, Optra, Prizm, Rezzo, S-10, Sail, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500, Silverado 3500, Sonic, Spark, Spin, SS, Suburban, Tacuma, Tahoe, Tavera, Tracker, Trailblazer, Trans Sport, Traverse, Trax, Uplander, Venture, Vivant
Chrysler 200, 300, Aspen, Cirrus, Concorde, LHS, Pacifica, PT Cruiser, Sebring, Town and Country, Voyager
Dodge Attitude, Avenger, Caliber, Caravan, Challenger, Charger, Dakota, Dart (min year: 2014), Durango, Grand Caravan, Intrepid, JCUV, Journey, Magnum, Neon, Nitro, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Ram 3500, Ram 4500, Ram Van, Sprinter, Stratus, Vision
Fiat 500, 500C, 500L, 500X
Ford Activa, B-Max, C-Max, C-Max Hybrid, Contour, Courier, Crown Victoria, EcoSport, Edge, Escape, Escort, Everest, Excursion, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, Fiesta, Figo, Five Hundred, Flex, Focus (min year: 2014), Freestar, Freestyle, Fusion, Galaxy, Grand C-Max, i-MAX, Ikon, Kuga, Lobo, Mondeo, S-Max, Taurus, Taurus X, Territory, Think, Tierra, Tourneo, Transit Connect, Windstar
Genesis G80, G90
GMC Acadia, Acadia Denali, Canyon, Envoy, Jimmy, MV1, Safari, Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500, Sierra 3500, Sonoma, Terrain, Yukon, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL, Yukon XL Denali
Honda Accord, Accord Crosstour, Accord Hybrid, Airwave, Amaze, Ballade, Brio, Ciimo, City, Civic (min year: 2014), Clarity, CR-V, Crider, Crossroad, Crosstour, Edix, Elysion, FCX Clarity, Fit, FR-V, Freed, HR-V, Idea, Insight, Jade, Jazz, Legend, Life, Mobilio, N-Box, N-One, Odyssey, Passport, Philosophy S1, Pilot, Ridgeline, Spike, Spirior, Stepwgn, Stream, Vezel, Zest
Hummer H1, H2, H2 SUT, H3, H3T, MV-1
Hyundai Accent, Atos, Avante, Azera, Centennial, Elantra (min year: 2014), Entourage, Eon, Equus, Genesis, Getz, Grand i10, Grand Starex, Grandeur, H-1, H100, HB20, HB20S, i10, i20, i25, i30, i35, i40, i45, i800, iLoad, iMax, Ioniq, ix20, ix35, ix55, Kona, Matrix, Maxcruz, Mistra, Moinca, Rohens, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport, Santro Xing, Solaris, Sonata, Starex, Terracan, Trajet, Tucson, Veracruz, Verna, Xcent, XG300, XG350
Infiniti EX, FX, G Sedan, I, JX, M, Q45, Q50, Q70, QX4, QX50, QX56, QX60, QX70, QX80
Isuzu Alterra, Amigo, Ascender, Axiom, Crosswind, D-Max, Hombre, i280, i350, i370, Mu-7, MU-X, Panther, Rodeo, Trooper
Jaguar F-PACE, S-Type, X-Type, XF, XJ, XJR
Jeep Cherokee, Commander, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler
Kia Amanti, Borrego, Cadenza, Carens, Carnival, Cee'd, Cerato, Forte (min year: 2014), K2, K4, K5, K7, K9, K900, Lotze, Magentis, Mohave, Morning, Niro, Opirus, Optima, Picanto, Quoris, Ray, Rio, Rondo, Sedona, Sephia, Sorento, Soul, Spectra, Sportage, Stylus, Venga
Land Rover Discovery, Freelander, LR2, LR3, LR4, Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport
Lexus CT, ES, GS, GX, HS, IS, LS, LX, NX, RX
Lincoln Aviator, Blackwood, Continental, LS, Mark, MKC, MKS, MKT, MKX, MKZ, Navigator, Town Car, Zephyr
Maserati Ghibli, Quattroporte
Maybach 57, 62
Mazda 626, Allegro, Astina, Atenza, Axela, Biante, BT-50, Capella, Carol, CX-3, CX-5, CX-7, CX-9, Demio, Lantis, MAZDA2, MAZDA3, MAZDA5, MAZDA6, MAZDA8, MAZDASPEED3, MAZDASPEED6, Millenia, MPV, MX-5 Miata, Premacy, Protege, SP23, SP25, Tribute
Mercedes-Benz 190, 220, A-Class, B-Class, B200, C-Class, CL-Class, CLA-Class, CLK-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, E-Class Wagon, G-Class, GL-Class, GLA-Class, GLC-Class, GLE-Class, GLK-Class, GLS-Class, M-Class, Metris, ML Class, R-Class, S-Class, Sprinter, V-Class, Valente, Viano, Vito
Mercury Grand Marquis, Marauder, Mariner, Milan, Montego, Monterey, Mountaineer, Mystique, Sable, Villager
Mini Clubman, Countryman, Paceman
Mitsubishi 380, Adventure, Airtrek, ASX, Attrage, Colt, Delica, Diamante, Eclipse, Eclipse Cross, eK, Endeavor, Fuzion, Galant, Grandis, Grunder, i-Miev, L200, Lancer (min year: 2014), Magna, Montero, Nativa, Outlander, Outlander Sport, Pajero, Raider, RVR, Savrin, Space Star, Space Wagon, Sportero, Strada, Triton, Zinger
Nissan March, Almera, Altima, Aprio, Armada, Bluebird, Cedric, Cefiro, Cube, DAYZ, Dualis, Elgrand, Evalia, Frontier, Fuga, Infiniti, Juke, Lafesta, Latio, LEAF, Livina, Maxima, Micra, Moco, Murano, Navara, Note, NV, NV1500, NV200, NV2500, NV3500, NV400, Otti, Pathfinder, Patrol, Pixo, Platina, Presage, Primastar, Primera, Pulsar, Qashqai, Quest, Rogue, Sentra (min year: 2014), Serena, Skyline, Sunny, Sylphy, Teana, Terrano, Tida, Tiida, Titan, Versa, Wingroad, X-Trail, Xterra, Yumsun, Z Roadster
Oldsmobile Alero, Aurora, Bravada, Intrigue, Silhouette
Pontiac Aztek, Bonneville, Firebird, G3, G5, G6, G8, Grand Am, Grand Prix, GTO, Montana, Pursuit, Solstice, Sunfire, Torrent, Vibe, Wave
Porsche 911, Boxster, Cayenne, Cayman, Macan, Macan Turbo, Panamera, Targa
RAM 1500, 2500, 3500
Ram Trucks CV
Rolls-Royce Ghost, Phantom, Silver Shadow
Saab 9-4X, 9-7X, Sport, Vector, 43345, 43346, 43348
Saturn Astra, Aura, Ion, L100, L200, L300, LW200, LW300, Outlook, Relay, Sky, SL1, SL2, SW2, VUE
Scion iM, iQ, xA, xB, xD
Subaru B9 Tribeca, Baja, Crosstrek, Crosstrek Hybrid, Exiga, Forester, Impreza (min year: 2014), Legacy, Outback, Pleo, Stella, Tribeca, WRX, XV Crosstrek (min year: 2014)
Suzuki Aerio, Alto, APV, Ciaz, Equator, Ertiga, Esteem, Forenza, Grand Nomade, Grand Vitara, Hustler, Ignis, Kizashi, Liana, MR Wagon, Reno, Solio, Spacia, Splash, Swift, SX4, Verona, Vitara, Wagon R, XL7
Tesla Model 3, Model S, Model X, Roadster
Toyota 4Runner, Allion, Alphard, Aqua, Aristo, Aurion, Auris, Avalon, Avanza, Avensis, Aygo, bB, Belta, C-HR, Caldina, Camry, Camry Solara, Carina, Celica, Celsior, Comfort, Commuter, Condor, Corolla (min year: 2014), Corolla Rumion, Crown, Echo, Estima, Etios, FJ Cruiser, Fortuner, Grandia, Granvia, Harrier, HiAce, Highlander, Hilux, Innova, Isis, Kluger, Land Cruiser, Matrix, MR2 Spyder, NAV1, Noah, Passo, Picnic, Platz, Porte, Prado, Premio, Previa, Prius (entire family), Quantum, Ractis, Raum, RAV4, Reiz, Rukus, Rush, Sai, Sequoia, Sienna, Sienta, Silver Cloud, Tacoma, Tarago, Tundra, Ultima, Urban Cruiser, Vellfire, Venza, Verossa, Verso, Vios, Vitz, Voxy, Wigo, WISH, Zace
Volkswagen Amarok, Atlas, Beetle, Bora, Cabrio, Caddy, Caravelle, CC (min year: 2014), Crafter, CrossFox, Derby, e-up!, Eos, EuroVan, Fox, GLI, Gol, Golf, Gran Lavida, GTI, Jetta, Kombi, Lavida, Lupo, Magotan, Multivan, Passat, Phaeton, Pointer, Polo, R32, Rabbit, Routan, Sagitar, Santana, Sharan, Spacefox, Sportsvan, Tiguan, Touareg, Touran, Transporter, TSi, Up, Vento, Voyage
Volvo 850, C30, C70, S40, S60 (min year: 2014), S70, S80, V40, V50, V60, V70, XC60, XC70, XC90
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UberXL

The slogan for drivers of UberXL is to use a car with higher capacity and earn higher amounts by transporting more passengers. The only requirement difference from UberX is that UberXL should have 7 seats. Of course, those also have to be installed originally in the factory.

Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet Tahoe

According to Uber, these are the car models that can  be qualified for this category:

Make Model
Acura MDX
Audi Q7
Buick Enclave
Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT
Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse
Chrysler Aspen, Pacifica, Town and Country
Dodge Caravan, Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey
Ford Expedition, Explorer, Flex
GMC Acadia, Yukon, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL, Yukon XL Denali
Honda Odyssey, Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe, Veracruz
Infiniti JX, QX56, QX60, QX80
Jeep Commander
Kia Borrego, Sedona, Sorento
Lincoln MKT, Navigator
Mazda CX-9
Mercedes–Benz E-Class Wagon, GL-Class, Metris
Mercury Mountaineer
Mitsubushi Outlander
Nissan Armada, NV Passenger, Pathfinder, Quest
Saturn Outlook, Relay
Subaru Tribeca
Suzuki XL7
Tesla Model X
Toyota Highlander, Sequoia, Sienna
Volkswagen Atlas, Routan
Volvo XC90
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Uber Select

This category focuses on luxury sedan cars. There is a list of generally accepted car models to be driven under this category, but still, if you see that you meet other criteria apply. It is possible to get other models qualified.

Audi Q7
Audi Q7

General requirements for Select have some matching points with the ones mentioned above. For example, the vehicle cannot be a taxi cab or a government car. It should have working windows and air conditioning. It has to have 4 passenger seats and should not be damaged or rebuilt. And again, it should be insured in California.

Additionally, the vehicle should not be produced not earlier than in 2009. The interior should be either leather or vinyl. There should be no tears.

 The following list of car options is provided by Uber. These are the cars generally accepted for Uber Select category:

Make Model
Acura MDX
Audi Q7
Buick Enclave
Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT
Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse
Chrysler Aspen, Pacifica, Town and Country
Dodge Caravan, Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey
Ford Expedition, Explorer, Flex
GMC Acadia, Yukon, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL, Yukon XL Denali
Honda Odyssey, Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe, Veracruz
Infiniti JX, QX56, QX60, QX80
Jeep Commander
Kia Borrego, Sedona, Sorento
Lincoln MKT, Navigator
Mazda CX-9
Mercedes–Benz E-Class Wagon, GL-Class, Metris
Mercury Mountaineer
Mitsubushi Outlander
Nissan Armada, NV Passenger, Pathfinder, Quest
Saturn Outlook, Relay
Subaru Tribeca
Suzuki XL7
Tesla Model X
Toyota Highlander, Sequoia, Sienna
Volkswagen Atlas, Routan
Volvo XC90
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UberBlack

Well, many of us think that the luxury car should be black. For those people, Uber offers UberBlack option. Uber black cars should be only in black. The vehicle shouldn’t be older than 5-years-old to be able to get qualified for this category. It should have commercial insurance. Both at the front and in the back, it should have a transportation charter permit number.

Audi A6
Audi A6

The interior should be in leather without any holes and tears. There should be no visible marks or damaged parts on it. Of course, the windows and air conditioning should be in proper working condition. Overall, the car should be in a perfect state both on the inside and outside.

These cars should be suitable for 4 passengers, thus should have 4 factory-installed seats despite the one for the driver.

Uber chose the following luxury car models which can be qualified for the Uber Black category:

MakeModel
AudiA6, A8, A8L
BMW5-series, 7-series, x7
CadillacCT6, XTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV
ChevroletTahoe, Suburban
FordExpedition (Platinum series, Year 2018 and above only)
GenesisG90
GMCYukon, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL, Yukon XL Denali
InfinitiQX56, QX80
LexusGS, GX, LS, LX
LincolnContinental, MKT, Navigator
MaseratiQuattroporte
Mercedes BenzE-Class, GL-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, S-Class
TeslaModel S, Model X
VolvoXC90, S90
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Remember, any of the above-mentioned car models should have a black exterior to suit this category.

UberBlack SUV

All the requirements for UberBlack SUV are the same as for UberBlack, despite one thing. UberBlack SUV should be suitable for 6 passenger rides.

Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Suburban

So, Uber lists the following car models, qualified for this category rides:

MakeModel
CadillacEscalade, Escalade ESV
ChevroletSuburban
FordExpedition (Platinum series, Year 2018 and above only)
GMCYukon Denali, Yukon XL, Yukon XL Denali
InfinitiQX56, QX80
LexusLX (3-row model only)
LincolnNavigator

UberLUX

UberLux is the category of luxury high-end sedan cars. The vehicle requirements to get your car qualified for this category are very similar to the UberBlack (including the black exterior). The only difference is that the car should not be produced earlier than in 2012.

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Car models suitable for this category, according to Uber, are the following:

AudiA8
BMW7 Series
JaguarXJ
LexusLS
Mercedes BenzS-class
TeslaModel S
BentleyAll 4-door models
MaybachAll 4-door models
Rolls RoyceAll 4-door models

Uber tries to provide a variety of ride options to its customers. To be able to meet their expectations and provide them the ride experiences they want to, Uber made different car categories with specific requirements.

So, if you are interested in driving at Uber, find the category for which your vehicle model can be suitable and make sure it meets other requirements too.

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