If you want freedom and flexibility in how you work and earn money, it’s a great time to be part of the marketplace. There are so many opportunities to participate in what’s dubbed the “gig economy” and earn money while ensuring that you have a flexible schedule and can make your own hours.
You no longer have to commit to full-time employment working for someone else if you don’t want to, nor do you have to invest large sums of money to start your own business.
One option a lot of people who want flexibility and to make their own hours turn to is rideshare driving. Uber is one of the most well-known rideshare apps, so if you’re considering becoming a driver, what are the requirements and what should you know?
Uber driver requirements include the following.
First and foremost, every driver needs to be at least 21 years old to drive for Uber, and have at least a year of driving experience. If you can’t meet those requirements, you won’t have the option to be a rideshare driver, at least not yet.
You also need a valid U.S. driver’s license.
When you’re applying to be a driver, you’ll also need your vehicle registration and proof of insurance for your vehicle.
Uber does require drivers submit background checks, and the specifics of how this is done and what they look for can vary depending on the state you live in.
A few general things they look out for on background checks include having at least a year of a U.S. license, and if you’re under 23 years old, that needs to be at least three years’ history.
You need no major moving violations within the last seven years, no more than three minor moving violations in the past three years. You can’t have a criminal record with convictions for felonies, sexual offenses or violent crimes in the last seven years either.
Some of the things that automatically mean a disqualification include violent crimes, hit and runs, fraud, DUIs and reckless driving.
Uber Black tends to have even more rigorous standards regarding background checks.
The type of vehicle you need to have can depend on where you live and also the type of service you’re going to drive for under Uber.
For example, UberX is the basic service, so you need a four-door car, truck or van. UberXL is larger vehicles, UberSELECT is luxury vehicles, and UberSUV is for luxury SUVs. There are other options as well including UberBLACk, UberLUX, UberPool, and UberTAXI.
To meet the most basic Uber vehicle standards, drivers need to have four doors, and be able to carry four passengers. There are year requirements which depend on your city, and they often range from being newer than 2002 to newer than a 2006 model.
Finally, to be an Uber driver you’ll need car insurance that’s in-state as well as in-state registration and plates.
These aren’t the only requirements, but they do give you a good overview as to what to expect if you’re considering the flexibility of being a rideshare driver.