How Do I Start Driving with Uber?

Driving for Uber can be a good way to make extra money. To qualify, you must be legally allowed to drive, have a driver's license, proof of insurance, and a vehicle that can pass a vehicle safety inspection. You must also pass a background check. The sign-up process is fairly simple, but can take a while to complete.

Driving for Uber can be a great way to increase your income. Because you can do it whenever you have some free time, it's easy to fit it into your schedule. And, because you're an independent contractor, you don't have to go through a competitive hiring process in which the odds are high that you won't get the job.

Uber Driving Requirements

To be eligible to drive for Uber, you must be legally allowed to drive and have a driver's license to prove it. You need whatever insurance your state requires drivers to have. You will also have to have some sort of proof of residence in your city, such as mail that you have received at your home address.

You will also need to have a photo for your driver profile. This cannot be your driver's license photo or any other printed photo. The picture you take must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be facing forward.
  • Your entire face and the top of your shoulder must be showing.
  • You can't wear sunglasses or have anything else obscuring any part of your face.
  • Nobody else can appear in the photo.
  • You must be well lit.
  • The picture must be in focus.

You will also have to keep your driver's license, proof of insurance, vehicle registration, and the Safety Standards Certificate you receive in your vehicle while you are driving for Uber.

Your vehicle will need to be capable of passing a vehicle inspection. The requirements for passing an inspection vary by state. You will be required to bring your vehicle in for an inspection as a part of the sign-up process.

Your city or state may have extra requirements for becoming an Uber driver, because of local regulations. Once you sign up with Uber, you will be informed of any additional standards your locale requires you to meet.

How To Get Started Driving for Uber

To get started driving for Uber, just follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the Uber home page.
  2. Click on the Sign Up to Drive button under the "Get in the driver's seat and get paid" header.
  3. Enter your phone number and the other information required to create a driver profile.
  4. Upload a copy of your driver's license.
  5. Enter the information required for your background check.
  6. Enter your vehicle information.
  7. Bring your vehicle to a local inspection center for a vehicle inspection.
  8. Follow the instructions you are given to complete the sign-up process.

Contacting Uber

If you need any help during the sign-up process, or if you have any other questions about driving for Uber, you can contact an Uber customer service representative for help. You can reach one on the help forum. There are no other online contact options and no phone contact option.

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