Where is Uber available?
Uber is available in all 50 states, but it’s not yet available in all suburbs and smaller towns. To find out if Uber is available in your area, download the app and begin ordering a car or sign up to drive online.
How to sign up as a driver
Want to get behind the wheel for Uber? Here’s how to navigate the signup process:
- Go to Uber’s website and enter your full name, email address, phone number and the city you plan to drive in.
- Enter your Social Security number. Uber uses this to complete a background check. Your credit score won’t be affected.
- Upload a photo of your driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance.
- Upload a photo for your Uber driver profile. The photo must include your face and shoulders, be forward facing and can’t include sunglasses.
- Tell Uber about your vehicle, including your vehicle’s make, model, year, color, number of doors and number of seat belts.
- Review Uber’s terms and conditions.
- Depending on your state, you may need to book an appointment to have your vehicle inspected. Once your application has been processed, you’ll be ready to start accepting ride requests.
Eligibility criteria varies by state and city, so you’ll want to check Uber’s website for information on your location before signing up.
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Uber vehicles must have four doors and be manufactured no later than 2004. Salvaged vehicles are not eligible for Uber.
In addition to the above requirements, your city may have its own set of vehicle criteria, like having no cosmetic damage or commercial branding. You may also need to schedule an annual vehicle inspection. When you complete your Uber application process, you’ll be notified of any requirements specific to your location.
If you’re interested in driving for one of Uber’s higher service tiers, eligibility criteria will vary by city. As an example, here are the criteria for drivers in Seattle, Washington:
|Service||Vehicle age||Vehicle requirements||Ineligible vehicles|
|UberX||2009 or newer|
|UberXL||2009 or newer|
|Uber Select||2015 or newer|
|Uber Black||5 years old or newer|
|Uber Black SUV||5 years old or newer|
|Uber Comfort||2009 or newer|
Uber rental program
While Uber doesn’t rent cars to drivers directly, it does partner with several rental companies. To learn more about how it works and what it costs, read our guide to renting a car for Uber.
Pros and cons of driving with Uber
- Sign up to drive whenever you’re free with no rigid schedules.
- Get paid quickly — weekly by default or up to five times daily when you register for Instant Pay with your debit card.
- No prior professional driving experience necessary.
- Drivers classified as independent contractors — which means no benefits or taxes deducted from your pay.
- Driving all day or night can become exhausting, especially if you have a day job.
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Driving for Uber Eats
If you’re a driver-partner with Uber, you can sign up for its food-delivery service by opting in to receiving Eats requests. If you’re not an Uber driver-partner already, apply directly on the Uber Eats site. You get to keep 100% of the tips you earn.
Uber Eats driver-partners are expected to:
- Have at least one year of driving experience.
- Have a car that’s newer than 1998.
- Be at least 19 years old.
- Have a government-issued ID and insurance.
Some locations allow you to deliver with your bike or scooter. To deliver Uber Eats on your bike, you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid state ID. To make deliveries with your scooter, you must be licensed, at least 19 and have scooter insurance.
If you’re looking to make a steady income with benefits, this isn’t the gig for you. But if you’re OK exchanging stability for flexibility, working as an Uber driver allows you to set your own schedule and choose how much you work.
For more information on working as a driver, check out our Uber hub for guides on how much you can earn, how to finance a car for Uber and more.