How to Become an Uber Driver
If you think that having the ability to strike up a conversation with anyone and everyone is the only prerequisite to become an Uber driver, you might not like what we have to tell you today. The infamous ride-hailing service has to do a lot each day to maintain its quality of service and – needless to say – that won’t exactly be possible if they have inexperienced drivers.
So, how exactly can you become a driver for one of the world’s most popular ride hailing services? Read on to find out.
First and foremost, you must be at least 21 years of age to become an Uber driver. They probably have this limit because you must be a responsible driver to take care of all of the passengers that you will have to drive around the city.
Unlike this guy.
The next requirement is that you must own or have access to a 4-door car. It is essential for this car to have launched in the year 2007 or later while some exceptions can be made in some cases.
You must also have in-state auto insurance, a social security number, an in-state license plate, and – you guessed it – a valid in-state driver’s license.
There might be some additional requirements to become an Uber driver depending on the city or state where you reside, however, these are the minimum requirements that you must meet regardless of where you live.
Once you are sure that you meet the eligibility criteria, you will have to get your car inspected. This can be done either at an Uber activation center or at an auto shop approved by Uber.
You would probably want to get your car inspected at an activation center to get the job done for free. If not, you’ll have to pay a fee. Twenty dollars to be precise.
But don’t stress over this inspection too much. It’s only done to confirm that your vehicle is safe to be driven and basic features like the tires, seat belts, lights and brakes of your car are tested.
Background and driving record check
You didn’t think that a service as popular as Uber would let anyone drive for them without checking a thing or two about their potential drivers, did you?
A thorough background and driving record check is performed on all potential drivers to see whether or not they are fit for the job. Have a speeding ticket (or five)? You might not be in much trouble. You should, however, be concerned if you have criminal history or have been charged for driving under the influence.
How to become a registered Uber driver
If you meet all of the afore-mentioned requirements, then congratulations!
All you have to do now is complete the driver application on Uber’s website, agree to background screening, and upload the details of the insurance and registration of your vehicle and you’re good to go!
That wasn’t too bad now, was it?