Uber Car Requirements

So you’re ready to become an Uber Driver, but you’re not sure what kind of vehicles qualify? Or maybe you’re not sure if you want to do Uber X or Uber XL? What’s the difference? All of your answers are right here.



I will break down some cars used by successful drivers in cities below. Before I do that, let me list the names of the service options. Vehicles will fall into one or more of these categories when in operation.

  • UberX
  • Uber XL
  • Uber Select (Plus)
  • Uber Black
  • Uber SUV
  • Uber Taxi
  • Uber LUX

Uber Car Requirements 2019

No matter what kind of car you want to drive you will have to meet requirements to operate in a category. So, let’s talk about the most basic option.

UberX.

This is a base model 4 door vehicle of a set age by the Uber corporate office. No need to look for contact customer service number. The requirements to drive UberX are basic. The following requisites are mandatory regardless of your Uber service selection. So what does it take to get on the road for Uber?

  • You have to be at least 21 years old.
  • You have to present an in-state (valid) drivers license.
  • You have to pass a background check.
  • You have to have a clean driving record.
  • You must have at least 3 years of driving experience.

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The Uber car requirements needed for each vehicle service platform are below.

UberX Car Requirements

(* Uber year model car requirements differ in cities. Be sure to research your city)

  • A base model 4-door sedan that will seat 4 passengers, not including the Driver.
  • Car insurance in-state
  • Car plates registered in-state
  • Current vehicle registration
  • No salvaged cars or marked taxi vehicles
  • Uber vehicle inspection must be passed
  • 2001* year model or newer
    • Honolulu – 2004
    • Atlanta – 2005
    • New York City – 2011
    • Chicago – 2001
    • Philadelphia – 2001
    • Los Angeles – 15-year max vehicle age (ex: 2001 can be used through 2016)
    • Many other cities it’s 2005 or newer.
    • Research your city

Uber XL Car Requirements

(* Uber year model car requirements differ in cities. Be sure to research your city)

  • A base model van or SUV with 4 or more doors that will seat 6 passengers, not including the Driver.
  • Car insurance in-state.
  • Car plates registered in-state.
  • Current vehicle registration.
  • No salvaged cars or marked taxi vehicles.
  • Must pass Uber vehicle inspection.
  • 2001* year model or newer
    • Honolulu – 2004
    • Atlanta – 2005
    • New York City – 2011
    • Chicago – 2001
    • Philadelphia – 2001
    • Los Angeles – 15-year max vehicle age (ex: 2001 can be used through 2016)
    • Many other cities it’s 2005 or newer.
    • Research your city

Uber Select Car Requirements

This driving option reserved for select cities. Some know this platform as (Plus).

  • A base model 4-door luxury sedan that will seat 4 passengers, not including the Driver.
  • Car insurance in-state.
  • Car plates registered in-state.
  • Current vehicle registration.
  • No salvaged cars or marked taxi vehicles.
  • Must pass Uber vehicle inspection.
  • 2009* year model or newer.
  • Leather seating mandatory.

Cars approved and accepted to drive on the Uber Select Platform.

  • Acura: RDX, RLX, TL, TLX, ILX, MDX
  • Audi: All A and S models, Q3, Q5, Q7
  • Bentley: Arnage, Flying Spur, Mulsanne
  • BMW: 3, 5, 7-series; X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6
  • Buick: Enclave
  • Cadillac: ATS, CTS, DTS, SRX, XTS, Escalade
  • Chevrolet: Suburban, Tahoe
  • GMC: Yukon, Yukon XL
  • Hyundai: Genesis, Equus
  • Infiniti: EX, FX, G, JX, M, Q, QX50, QX60, QX70, QX80
  • Jaguar: XF, XJ, XE, F-PACE
  • Land Rover: LR3, LR4, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport
  • Lexus: ES, IS, RX, GS, GX, LS
  • Lincoln: MKT, MKS, MKZ, MKX, MKC, Town Car, Navigator
  • Mercedes-Benz: C-class, E-class, S-class, G-class, GLK, M-class, R-class
  • Porsche: Cayenne, Panamera
  • Rolls-Royce: Ghost, Phantom
  • Tesla: Model S, Model X
  • Toyota: Land Cruiser
  • Volkswagen: CC
  • Volvo: S-Edition, XC-Edition

*Uber BLACK and LUX cars are also accepted to run under this option. Vehicle list subject to changes by uber corporate office.

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So What is Uber Black Car?

Uber black the ultimate personal and professional driving service provided by Uber drivers. Uber black cars are limited in cities. The requirements of being an UberBlack driver are more rigorous as well. Only a strict list of cars can drive on this platform. If accepted on the list from Uber you must carry the following documents:

  • Commercial Car Insurance
  • TCP (Transportation Charter Party Number)
  • Airport Permit

Why drive Uber black if you have to go through extra enforced documents? Well, they get paid a lot more than regular Uber platform drivers, especially UberX.

In Atlanta Uber Black fares are calculated at $3.25/mile and $0.40/min plus a $7 base fare. The minimum fare is $15.00.

Here are the Uber Black Car Types.

  • UberBLACK | Traditional black luxury sedan
  • UberSUV | Larger SUV luxury that seats 6 or more passengers.
  • UberLUX | High-end version of these vehicles.

Uber Black Car Requirements

Every approved driver must carry commercial insurance. You must also have a TCP number, and have an airport permit.

Required criteria to drive Black Cars:

Acceptable vehicles for the black platform

  • Audi: A8, Q7
  • Bentley: All models
  • BMW: 7 series, X5
  • Cadillac: DTS, XTS
  • Infiniti: QX56, QX80
  • Jaguar: XJ
  • Maybach: All models
  • Land Rover: LR4, Range Rover
  • Lexus: LS
  • Lincoln: MKS, MKT
  • Mercedes-Benz: G-Class, M-Class, R-Class, S-Class
  • Porsche: Cayenne
  • Tesla: Model S, Model X
  • Rolls Royce: All models

*Uber LUX vehicles are also accepted.

Uber SUV car requirements

You must have commercial car insurance, a TCP, and an airport permit in most cities.

Your vehicle also must meet these criteria:

  • Full-size SUV
  • Great condition
  • Black exterior
  • Black interior
  • Comfortably seats 6+ passengers
  • Four doors
  • 2013 or newer
  • Must pass Uber vehicle inspection.

Uber SUV approved vehicles

  • Cadillac: Escalade ESV
  • Chevrolet: Suburban, Tahoe (LT or LTZ)
  • GMC: Yukon
  • Infiniti: QX56, QX80
  • Land Rover: LR4, Range Rover
  • Lexus: LX
  • Lincoln: Navigator, Navigator L
  • Mercedes-Benz: GL-Class

Uber LUX car requirements

Available in select cities only.

You must have commercial car insurance, a TCP, and an airport permit in most cities.

Your vehicle also must meet these criteria:

  • Sedan, crossover SUV, or full-size SUV
  • Great condition
  • Black exterior
  • Black interior
  • Comfortably seats 4+ passengers
  • Four doors
  • 2012 or newer
  • Must pass Uber vehicle inspection

Uber LUX approved vehicles

  • Audi: A8
  • BMW: 7 Series
  • Jaguar: XJ
  • Land Rover: Range Rover
  • Lexus: LS
  • Mercedes-Benz: S-Class, G-Class
  • Porsche: Panamera
  • Tesla: Model S
  • Bentley: All 4-door
  • Maybach: All 4-door
  • Rolls Royce: All 4-door