Uber Requirements To Drive – In 10 Thousand Cities Worldwide

Uber requirements

Career change, anyone? Or just curious, like me. Let’s talk about Uber requirements to drive in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, or wherever your beautiful city might be.

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Uber Requirements To Drive – The Basics

All of the basic requirements and documents are done on a ‘per city’ basis.

The general requirements are as follows:

  • You need to meet the minimum age to drive in your particular city
  • One year minimum of driving experience
  • Have a clear a background check
  • You need a valid driver’s license (Duh)
  • Proof of residency in your city, state, or province
  • Insurance if you plan to drive your own car (if you don’t have a vehicle, you can get one to use through Uber)
requirements to drive for uber

Uber Requirements To Drive: The basic process for signing up for Uber

  • Submit your documents and photo
  • Provide all of your necessary information for a background check
  • Find out if your car is eligible, or you can get a car

How to Drive for Uber In Vancouver, Canada

drive for uber Vancouver Canada

British Columbia requirements for ride-share drivers:

  • Class 1, 2, or 4 driver’s license
  • 21+ years of age
  • Canadian Proof of Work: Canadian passport, birth certificate, citizenship card, residency card, or work permit (must not be expired)
  • Safety Screening: After you you’ve uploaded your Class 1, 2, or 4 driver’s licence, you’ll get an email from Triton, which is a background screening company. The email will contain your link to a free background screening, which can be completed online. If you have a paper copy of your Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (PIC-VS), you can upload it.
  • Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Registration. Be sure to include all 4 corners of the document.
  • The vehicle is not required to be registered under your name. Uber is working with the ICBC to maintain insurance coverage on behalf of ride share drivers.
  • If you have less than 3 years of driving experience in BC but have driven elsewhere, you’ll need to submit your ICBC abstract and out-of-province abstract.
  • Your vehicle must pass a commercial vehicle inspection by an approved inspection facility. When you pass, you’ll receive a Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report.
  • Uber drivers get a discounted rate of $80 + tax for vehicle inspections at Canadian TireOpens in a new tab. in Vancouver and Victoria and $99.99 + tax in the Okanagan. (At participating locations)
  • Click hereOpens in a new tab. for a British Columbia list of ALL available inspection facilities in the province
  • Keep your Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report is in your vehicle at all times when you’re driving on the Uber platform.
  • You will need the Commercial Vehicle Inspection annually. Just have the report completed and upload it into your Uber account.

Uber Requirements To Drive: Vehicle Requirements To Drive For Uber in Vancouver, Canada

Uber vehicle requirements

Most four-door cars will meet the requirements

We’ll get into the nitty gritty.

Here’s what you need at the very minimum:

  • 4-door vehicle with 5 seats
  • Vehicle year must be 9 years or newer
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No commercial branding
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • Pass a commercial vehicle inspection by an authorized inspection facility

Uber Requirements To Drive: Displaying the Uber Sticker

  • All drivers must display Uber stickers on their vehicle while online, as per BC requirements
  • Place one on your front windshield on the passenger side, and the other on your rear windshield on the driver side, both facing outward
  • Not displaying Uber stickers can result in fines
  • You can remove your stickers when you decide to go offline and save them for the next time. Pro tip: keep the paper it comes with to place your sticker on when not in use.

Here is a list of eligible vehicles for Uber in Vancouver.Opens in a new tab.

Vehicle Options In Vancouver for Uber


Most newer cars qualify to drive with UberX. It’s one of the most popular options for riders.

Additional requirements:

  • 4-door vehicle with 5 seats
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or commercially marked vehicles


Seat more passengers—and earn higher fares—with your high-capacity vehicle.

Additional requirements:

  • 4-door SUV or minivan with independently opening doors
  • Seat at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or commercially marked vehicles


Comfort was designed to maximize possibilities on the Uber platform.

Additional requirements:

  • Maintain eligibility on a different Uber option such as UberX or UberXL
  • Have a minimum star rating of 4.85 based on at least 250 trips
  • Drive a vehicle with more legroom than smaller, compact cars eligible for UberX and that meet the minimum vehicle year requirement
  • With Ride Preferences, your rider can request their ideal temperature and let you know if they wish to chat, all before you arrive


Premium rides with highly rated drivers.

Additional requirements:

  • Have a minimum star rating of 4.85 based on 250 completed trips
  • Drive an eligible luxury vehicle with a leather interior that is 5 years old or newer

Need A Car For Driving With Uber In Vancouver or Montreal?

More Uber requirements to drive

Need an Uber Car Driving for Uber requirements

Uber and Hertz have teamed up to offer solutions for car-less drivers in Vancouver or Montreal.

If you need a car for Uber, check it out.

  • You can get a car from $285 per week plus a $265 refundable security deposit.  (Plus taxes, fees, gas, and other additional charges.)
  • Limited damage waiver and liability coverage, basic maintenance and unlimited miles are included.
  • Refundable deposits, easy renewal options, and no long-term commitments allow you to rent on your terms.
  • Every car comes with auto insurance, and 24/7 roadside assistance, so you can get in and go.
  • You can pay for your rental using a credit card. Prepaid, debit or stored value cards are not accepted.
  • Uber drivers who rent a vehicle from Hertz are currently not picked up by Hertz.
  • You will be eligible to extend your rental up to 3 times, every 7 days.
  • On most retail rentals at corporate locations and participating licensee locations in Canada, the minimum age to rent a Hertz vehicle is 21.
  • Drivers can usually rent cars that are compact sedans, such as a Hyundai Sonata, or midsize sedans, like a Nissan Altima.

Uber Cities

Uber per city

Uber operates in 10,000 cities all over the earth! Each city has specific requirements to drive for uber

Here is a list of all cities in the world where Uber operates.Opens in a new tab. Select your city to learn more about the specific requirements

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Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada and is an experienced writer, blogger, photographer, artist, philosopher, certified day dreamer and generally complicated human.

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