Driving for a rideshare company is an effective way to earn extra money and even a full-time living in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic hurt a lot of people in the U.S. financially, including drivers who relied on passengers and tips for income. Rideshare rental opportunities decreased in 2020 but are on the rise again today.
With the CDC loosening up some restrictions and some normalcy returning in the U.S. it is now possible to submit a Lyft driver application or learn how to drive for Uber as a source of income. Do you know the uber driver requirements for employment? Read on to learn how to drive for a rideshare company today.
Learning how to be an Uber driver involves first understanding all Uber requirements for getting the job. All essential requirements for Uber drivers are divided into three primary categories. Certain minimum requirements, specific required documents and driver screenings are all part of the Uber hiring process and should be understood and expected by all candidates prior to submitting any applications.
Uber requirements include drivers that are a certain minimum age prior to submitting their applications. Uber age requirement policies vary per state and even per city in some cases. A valid U.S. driver’s license is necessary along with three years of driving experience if you are 22 years of age or younger.
Every Uber driver must verify he or she carries valid auto insurance, although Uber also provides more extensive auto insurance for its drivers as required by laws in each state.
Perhaps the most important aspect of all requirements for Uber is the driver screening process. A driver screening examines your driving record. A criminal background check is also conducted as part of the Uber driver screening process, which includes checking for any criminal history or records.
Uber driver requirements include the presentation of specific valid documents. Proof you meet the minimum Uber age requirement is provided when you present your valid U.S. driver’s license.
When submitting an Uber driver application you are required to prove you live in the same city, state, or province as the Uber location to which you are applying. Another required, albeit proprietary document when hired as an Uber driver is your driver profile photo. Sunglasses are not permitted in an Uber driver profile picture.
Your Uber driver profile photo is further required to:
- Be forward-facing.
- Be centered.
- Display your entire face & shoulder tops.
- Be well-lit & in-focus.
- Show a picture of only you in its frame.
- Be an original picture (for example, not a copy or duplicate of your driver’s license, passport or any other photo).