Uber Vehicle Requirements- Do You Have What It Takes To Drive for Uber?

With all of the on-demand apps out there, Uber remains one of the largest and most talked about rideshare companies. If you’ve searched for freelance gigs you’ve probably thought to yourself, “Do I qualify for Uber?”

In this blog post I will go over the requirements to become an Uber driver, including basic qualifications and Uber vehicle requirements for some of the largest U.S. cities.

This information pertains to qualifications in the United States, for other regions contact Uber. This post contains affiliate links.

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Basic Qualifications

  • You must be at least 21 years old
  • Have at least 1 year of driving experience if you are OVER 23 and 3 years of experience if you are UNDER 23
  • Have a non-expired U.S. driver’s license
  • Have a registered, insured, four-door vehicle that meets standards for your local region (you can also rent a vehicle- more details below)
  • You must present your documents including your license, registration, and proof of insurance
  • You must pass the background check and driver screening

Vehicle Requirements by City/Metro Region

Uber offers different types of services including their most basic, uberX, for non-luxury four-door Sedan vehicles, uberXL, for non-luxury SUVs, uberBLACK, for luxury Sedans and crossovers, and uberSUV, for luxury SUVs.

This list of requirements will focus on uberX and uberXL, highlighting the minimum you would need to drive in your respective cities.

New York City, NY

New York City Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

You must get a TLC (or Taxi and Limousine Commission) license to drive in NYC. Uber will guide you through the process of getting the TLC license after you register on their website (link at the bottom of this post). Rentals of TLC-certified vehicles are available as well.

Vehicles must be from 2006 or newer and they must pass a TLC inspection. Take note that they can be more picky with older vehicles during the inspection. You can access a full list of accepted vehicles here.

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San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Must be in good condition without any visible damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Drivers must have insurance on the vehicle but it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • It needs to seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • Cannot be a full-size van or a salvaged vehicle

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Needs to seat at least six people besides the driver.

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Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2007 or newer
  • Must be free of cosmetic damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Drivers must have insurance on their vehicle and it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Needs to seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • Cannot be a full-size van or truck
  • Cannot be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle.

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Needs to seat at least six people besides the driver
  • Air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Cannot be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle

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Seattle, WA

Seattle Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2007 or newer
  • Free of cosmetic damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Drivers must have insurance on their vehicle and it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Needs to seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • Can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle, a full-size van, a Crown Victoria, a town car, or a large truck

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Needs to seat at least six people besides the driver
  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle

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Denver, CO

Denver Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Must be free of cosmetic damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Drivers must have insurance on their vehicle and it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify- HOWEVER it must still be registered in the state of Colorado.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Needs to seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • They also can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle, or a full-size van.

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Needs to seat at least six people besides the driver
  • Full size vans or trucks cannot drive with uberXL in Denver
  • Air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle

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Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Dallas Uber Vehicle Qualifications (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Be free of cosmetic damage
  • Contains no commercial branding,
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Drivers must have insurance on their vehicle and it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Needs to seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • They also can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle, or a full-size van

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Needs to seat at least six people besides the driver
  • Full size vans cannot drive with uberXL in Dallas.
  • Air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle

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Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Be free of cosmetic damage
  • Contain no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Drivers must have insurance on their vehicle and it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Needs to seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • Can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle
  • Can’t be a truck or a full-size van

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Can’t be a rebuilt or salvaged vehicle
  • Needs to seat at least six people besides the driver
  • Full size vans or trucks cannot drive with uberXL in Atlanta.

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Miami, FL

Miami Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Vehicle must be a four-door car or minivan from 2007 or newer
  • Must be free of cosmetic damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Drivers must have insurance on their vehicle and it does not need to be registered in their name to qualify, however, the VIN on the registration must match the VIN on the insurance. Additionally, they must be listed as a driver on the insurance policy.

For uberX

  • The air conditioning and windows must be operational
  • Needs to be a four-door sedan than can seat at least four people in addition to the driver
  • Can’t be a salvaged or rebuilt vehicle

For uberXL

  • Must be a minivan or SUV with “independently opening doors”
  • Will need to seat at least six people besides the driver
  • Eligible four-door trucks are allowed with uberXL in Miami
  • Workings windows/air conditioning
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

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Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Must be a four-door car or minivan (year not specified)
  • Must be in good condition w/ no visible damage
  • Must pass vehicle inspection
  • No commercial branding on vehicle allowed
  • Does not need to be registered in your name, must have insurance

For uberX

  • 4-door sedan in good condition
  • Seat at least 4 passengers besides the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle
  • Cars 10 model years (12 years for hybrids) or newer qualify to drive with uberX

For uberXL

  • 4-door SUV or minivan with independently opening doors
  • Seat at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

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Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Must be in good condition with no visible damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Does not need to be registered in your name, but still needs to be registered in Nevada and you must have insurance on the vehicle

For uberX

  • Must be a four-door sedan in good condition
  • Must seat at least 4 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditional must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle
  • Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis & Lincoln Towncar aren’t allowed

For uberXL

  • Must be a four-door SUV or minivan with “independently opening doors”
  • Must seat at least 6 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditioning must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

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Chicago, IL

Chicago Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Must be in good condition with no visible damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • Does not need to be registered in your name, and you must have insurance on the vehicle

For uberX

  • Must be a four-door car in good condition
  • Must seat at least 4 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditional must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

For uberXL

  • Must be a four-door SUV or minivan with “independently opening doors”
  • Must seat at least 6 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditioning must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

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Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Must be a four-door vehicle from 2002 or newer
  • Must have seats and seat belts for four passengers besides driver
  • Does not need to be registered in your name, and you must have insurance on the vehicle

For uberX

  • Must be a four-door vehicle in good condition
  • Must seat at least 4 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditional must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van or truck

For uberXL

  • Must be a four-door SUV or minivan with “independently opening doors”
  • Must seat at least 6 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditioning must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van or truck

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Boston, MA

Boston Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Must be a four-door vehicle with “independently opening doors”
  • Must be 15 years old or less
  • Must have seats in good condition with working seat belts for four people besides the driver
  • Cannot have any commercial branding on vehicle
  • No visible damage allowed
  • Cannot be a large van or commercial truck
  • Vehicle does not need to be registered in your name but you must have insurance on vehicle

For uberX

  • Must be a four-door car in good condition
  • Must seat at least 4 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditional must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

For uberXL

  • Must be a four-door SUV or minivan with “independently opening doors”
  • Must seat at least 6 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditioning must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

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Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Uber Vehicle Requirements (All Services)

  • Must be a four-door car or minivan from 2002 or newer
  • Must be in good condition with no visible damage
  • Contains no commercial branding
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection
  • You must have insurance on the vehicle

For uberX

  • Must be a four-door sedan in good condition
  • Must seat at least 4 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditional must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

For uberXL

  • Must be a four-door SUV or minivan with “independently opening doors”
  • Must seat at least 6 people besides the driver
  • Windows and air conditioning must be operational
  • Cannot be a full-sized van, truck, or salvaged vehicle

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But wait… I Don’t Have a Car That Qualifies 😦

Fear not- you can rent a car to drive with Uber. This is perfect if you are planning on working a large amount of hours in a short amount of time while you are renting the vehicle.

Currently Hertz partners with Uber for weekly rentals at $180 (not including taxes and fees) or you can rent someone else’s personal vehicle with HyreCar. Their rentals start at around $20-$40/day and $200/week.

What if Your City Isn’t Listed in This Blog Post?

Don’t worry- I tried to highlight the vehicle requirements in some of the biggest markets in the United States in this blog post, but it is available in many other cities across the country and the globe.

For requirements in other cities, contact Uber and see what the Uber vehicle requirements are in your area.

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Jobs Like Uber: 15 Alternatives for Freelance Work

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For my YouTube video on this topic, click here!

We’ve all heard of Uber and many have been attracted to the flexibility that it’s “work anytime” policy offers. They are definitely a great option to check out, and you can always apply to become an Uber driver here. It turns out, though, that this is FAR from the only option if you are looking to pick up some extra money with freelance work. Here are 15 Uber alternatives that you can find work from!

Make sure to check the websites for availability in your area. The companies may not operate services in your city. 

Uber EATS

Uber EATS is a spinoff service from Uber that offers on-demand delivery of food and other products and it is rapidly expanding across the globe. Uber EATS delivery partners can use either a car, bike, or scooter for work depending on what’s available in their city. You’ll deliver both food and other products customers have ordered with Uber EATS and your schedule is 100% up to you!

To drive you must be at least 19 years old, have a driver’s license, and a vehicle that is from 1997 or newer. What’s great about Uber EATS is they have a rapid sign-up process so you can get on the road very quickly, plus once you start work you can transfer your earnings to your bank account instantly after a delivery!

Apply here to become an Uber EATS delivery partner

GrubHub Delivery

Think of the delivery service that GrubHub offers as kind of like “Uber for food.” Customers order food through the GrubHub app, a delivery driver is alerted from their own GrubHub Delivery app and the driver brings the food from the restaurant to the customer. This is something that I’ve had personal experience with and I would in general recommend it. It does differ from Uber in that you have to sign up for specific shifts and it doesn’t allow you to begin working at a whim’s notice (unless someone decides to suddenly drop a shift).

Apply here 

Check out my YouTube video on becoming a GrubHub driver

Find out how you get paid DAILY with DailyPay here

Wingz

Wingz is an app that is very much like Uber, except that it originally focused primarily on rides to and from airports. It has since expanded to offer pre-scheduled rides from anywhere, while still focusing on airports and special events (like sporting events or concerts).

Apply here

Turo

Turo is a service that lets you rent out your car for others to drive. So if you have an old roadster that’s collecting dust, this a good way to make some extra money off of it. According to their website, they offer a $1 million dollar insurance policy on vehicles that are used through the service that’s covered with the customer’s fees (although you can use your own insurance if you like and get more money from each transaction). Depending on the value of your car, you could literally make thousands of dollars a month from this-so it’s worth checking out!

List your car here

Wimdu

This services is a little like Airbnb, except that it focuses on city apartments. So if you have an urban dwelling you are willing to rent out to others while you’re away, this could be a good option for you!

List your apartment here

Roost

Roost is an app that lets you rent out storage space to others. This can include attics, basements, warehouses, sheds, or any other facility, whether indoors or outdoors. When you have extra storage space that isn’t being used this could be a helpful way to make some extra money.

List your space here

Instacart

This is a grocery delivery service that is currently operating in numerous metro areas throughout the United States. They partner with different grocery stores, such as Whole Foods, and some stores have dedicated Instacart check-out lanes. What’s nice about this service is that you can work either as a part-time employee or an independent contractor, with or without a car. If you have a car you can work as a driver, while if you don’t have a car or don’t wish to drive, you can work solely as a shopper who prepares orders for customers in a particular store. So overall it can be very flexible depending on your needs.

Apply here

Postmates

Postmates is similar to GrubHub in that it focuses on food delivery, but it is much more versatile in terms of the job responsibilities.  Whereas GrubHub only delivers from restaurants that partner with their company, Postmates allows delivery from ANYWHERE the customer requests. Additionally, they can also request errands where you might be picking up products from a store or even picking up a customer’s dry cleaning. Their website claims you can make up to $25/hr. so it could be a good way to pick up some extra money.

Become a Postmate

Amazon Flex

With Amazon Flex, you can turn your vehicle into a package delivery mobile by delivering for Amazon. It is currently operating in more than 30 cities, with more coming down the pipeline eventually. Delivery drivers for Amazon use their own vehicle, set their own hours, and will deliver both same day orders from Amazon Now as well as regular package deliveries in place of Fedex or UPS.

Apply here

Dolly 

Dolly operates as a moving service that is app-based. So if you are in the mood for some heavy lifting, this will be good for you! You can work as either a “Helper,” or someone with a truck or cargo van they’ll drive in addition to moving, or a “Hand,” which is someone who assists with moving but doesn’t provide their own vehicle. Both Helpers and Hands need to be able to lift up to 75 pounds, so if you aren’t keen on physical labor you might need to look elsewhere.

Apply here

HelloTech (merged with Geekatoo)

Are you a tech geek? Then this might be the job for you. HelloTech is an on-demand tech support service that provides technical assistance to both individuals and businesses. They offer a broad range of services for everything from computer support, TV mounting and installation, assistance with wireless networks, and helping people use their smartphones.

Apply here

Freelancer and UpWork

These services are very similar so I’ve included them together. They are websites that post a directory of companies seeking help with projects that freelance workers can apply to. If you have skills ranging from data entry, graphic design, digital marketing to accounting this could be a good place to look for some extra work. After setting up an account with them, you can apply for whichever jobs you like and the companies will make their own hiring decisions. If you are looking to make some extra money, it wouldn’t hurt to set up accounts on both websites!

Freelancer website

UpWork website

LawnLove

We all trimmed a neighbor’s lawn or two as teenagers to earn some extra money, so why not try it again? With this service you can offer lawn services from mowing, weed-eating, to snow removal. You MUST provide your own equipment and truck, so take note of this. Once you’ve applied and been approved you can pick whatever jobs you like and set your own hours.

Apply here

Thumbtack

Whether you are a cake decorator, personal trainer, housecleaner, or repairman (or woman!), Thumbtack offers a website and app that can connect you with people interested in hiring you for freelance work. Notable for its wide-ranging versatility, this service can be great for almost anyone.

Apply here

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