Uber Car Requirements

Do you want to become an Uber driver but are not sure whether your vehicle meets all of the Uber car requirements? UberX, Uber XL, and Uber PLUS allow you to use your personal vehicle without commercial licensing or insurance, but your car still must meet the basic criteria listed here.

Take a look at this post about the best cars to drive for Uber.

If you want to drive for Uber BLACK, Uber SUV, or Uber LUX, your car must meet stricter standards. Read about the Uber BLACK car requirements below.

Updated 3-21-2016


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Uber Car Requirements – 2017 

The Uber service types each have a different set of vehicle requirements. UberX, the basic most common Uber service accepts any 4-door car of a certain age. On the other hand, the professional Uber BLACK services accept only certain vehicles.

Every Uber driver, regardless of the Uber service, must meet these basic requirements:

  • You must be 21 years of age or older.
  • You must have 3 years driving experience.
  • You must have an in-state Drivers License (depending on your state).
  • You must have a clean driving record.
  • You must pass a background check.

You can read more about the Uber driver requirements here.

UberX Vehicle Requirements 2016

Uber car requirements for each car service in 2017 are listed below…

UberX Car Requirements:

  • 4-door sedan, must seat 4 or more passengers excluding the driver
  • Year 2001 or newer*
  • * Uber car year requirements vary by city. It is currently year 2001 or newer in many cities.
  • In-state car insurance
  • In-state plates
  • Current car registration
  • No marked, taxi, or salvaged vehicles
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection

UberXL Car Requirements:

  • 4-door, must seat 6 or more passengers excluding the driver
  • Year 2001 or newer*
  • * Uber car year requirements vary by city. It is currently year 2001 or newer in many cities:
  • In-state car insurance
  • In-state plates
  • Current car registration
  • No marked, taxi, or salvaged vehicles
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection

Uber Car Requirements for UberSelect or UberPLUS

UberSELECT Car Requirements:

Available in select cities only. Formerly known as Uber PLUS in some markets. 

  • 4-door luxury sedans, must seat 5 or more passengers.
  • Year 2008 or newer.*
  • Leather Interior.
  • In-state car insurance.
  • In-state plates.
  • Current car registration.
  • No marked, taxi, or salvaged vehicles.
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection

UberSELECT approved vehicles.

Acura:  RDX, RLX, TL, TLX, ILX.
Audi:  A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, S3, S4, S6, Q3, Q5, Q7.
BMW:  3-series, 5-series, 7-series, X1, X3, X4, X5, X6.
Cadillac:  ATS, CTS, DTS, SRX, XTS.
Chrysler:  300.
Hummer:  H3.
Hyundai: Genesis, Equus.
Infiniti:  EX, FX, G, JX, M, Q, QX50, QX70.
Jaguar:  XF, XJ.
Kia: K900.
Land Rover:  Range Rover.
Lexus:  ES, IS, NX, RX, GS, GX, LS.
Lincoln:  MKT, MKS, MKX, MKZ, MKC, Town Car.
Mercedes-Benz:C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, G-Class, GLK-Class, M-Class, R-Class.
Porsche:  Macan, Cayenne, Panamera.
Tesla:  Model S.
Volvo:  S60, S80, XC90.

*Uber BLACK and LUX cars are also accepted.

Source: ubermovement.com

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Uber Black Cars List

What is Uber Black Car (UberBLACK)?

UberBLACK is a professional chauffeur service. The requirements for Uber Black Car are more strict than for UberX. Only specific cars are accepted. In addition, all Uber Black Car services require the driver to carry commercial car insurance, a TCP, and an airport permit.

The upside for Uber Black drivers is that the fares are higher than UberX fares. In Los Angeles Uber Black fare is calculated at $3.55/mile and $0.45/min plus an $8 base fare. UberX is only $1/mile, $0.18/min and no base fare. This means that an Uber Black driver may make more money than an UberX driver.

These are the Uber Black Car Types. They are only available in select cities.

  • UberBLACK is the traditional Black Luxury Sedan Service.
  • UberSUV is the larger SUV version of that for 6 or more passengers.
  • UberLUX is the high-end version of these.

UberBLACK car requirements

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

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
  • 2013 or newer*
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection

UberBLACK approved vehicles

Audi: A6, A7
BMW: 5 Series
Cadillac: XTS
Infiniti: Q70
Jaguar: XF
Lexus: GS
Mercedes-Benz: E-Class

*Uber LUX vehicles are also accepted.

Find more about UberBLACK Vehicle Requirements here.

Uber SUV Vehicles

UberSUV 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
  • 2012 or newer
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection

UberSUV approved vehicles

Cadillac: Escalade ESV
Chevrolet: Suburban
GMC: Yukon XL
Infiniti: QX56, QX80
Lexus: LX
Lincoln: Navigator L
Mercedes-Benz: GL-Class

Find more about UberSUV vehicle requirements here.

Uber LUX driver - only the highest rated

UberLUX 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
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection

UberLUX 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

Source: ubermovement.com

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191 Replies to “Uber Car Requirements”

  1. Hi I got a car for Uber still didn’t Register myself with Uber I have a question .
    Do I need to get full coverage insurance ?
    I bought 2007Toyota Corolla type s 135000 is a milage can I work as driver for Uber please let me know .
    I have a clean driving record I don’t have any Ticket yet

    1. Hi,
      Uber only requires drivers to carry automobile insurance that meets the local state’s requirements.
      Based on what you said, you should qualify to drive with Uber. Best way to find out is to just apply.
      Hope that helps.

      1. You need to contact different insurance companies to see which ones will cover you. There are many drivers out there that unknowingly are not covered. Many insurance companies will cancel you as soon as they find out you drive for Uber

    2. Im a little suprised there are no mini vans on any list. The Chrysler town & country and 300 4 door sedan in the LUX and PLUS Uber line up.

      1. bottom line. Just bought a 2016 Toyota Tacoma 4 door truck. It is loaded. Can I use it as my uber vehicle. Let me know asap for I am very excited to make more money

        1. Sounds like your Tacoma qualifies. Make sure to double check with local Uber car requirements, as they may vary depending on your exact location. Good luck 🙂

  2. Respected Madam/Sir my name is Umair Shaukat and I’m working with uberX my question is that I wana drive SUV what should I do can you plz explain me when and how? Thank you

  3. Hello, I’m a hire car driver. My HC plate is on a 5 series BMW 2005 model
    My private car is an Aldi 6. It’s a 2007 model. Both cars have leather seats

    Which car can be used for uber work? I live in Newcastle NSW

  4. Hello, my name is Peter and i wanted to know if i own one of your approved SUV’S is it required that have to have commercial insurance, a tcp and an airport permit,or can i do your X, XL OR PLUS services.

    1. This tommy send me a costumer service number. I am requesting to see if I can use my 4 door 2016 Toyota Tacoma. It’s a truck with 4 doors beautiful ok interior

  5. Hi
    can i put Porsche: Panamera in to the UBERlux becuase back seats of Porsche: Panamera u can fit just just 2 people there is a consul of the middle?

  6. My name is Ashfaq Ahmad i am driving uber x with tcp number .I want to drive suv or uber black pleas tele me when will be start adding.

  7. hi uber i am from united arab emirate i want to work with uber how can i sign up and the specification car type nedd pls let me know

  8. i have 2012 cad srx,2005 suburban slt,2008 toy 4 door tacoma p/u,2004gmc 2500hd 4-door 4×4,also 12ft & 16ft utility trailors that can be used.i would like to talk to someone about my possibities 903-566-8660

    1. An entry-level four-door luxury sedan is required.
      The vehicle must have a leather interior.
      Must seat at four passengers, not including the driver.
      Only vehicles 2007 or newer will be accepted into UberPlus / UberSelect.

  9. Hi my car is Dodge Journey 2010 7 passengers it’s 87,000 miles also condition is”good ” can I use this car for über XL ? thanks

  10. Hello My name is Smith Williams .I have been driving for Uber for a While now and My country had been deactivated for fraud.I don’t really know What happened. What should I do?

  11. Hello, I live in Houston Tx. I have a silver 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. Is clean with air condition.
    Can I become a Uber driver?

  12. Hello I have a 2004 Audi s4 sedan with 85k I see that that might be way too old to operate in New York City but are there any exceptions since it would be considered a higher quality car?

    1. Karamjit,

      Long as you have 3 years of driving experience and are over the age 21(23 in some cities). Your Good to go.

  13. Uber does not clarify if you need a commercial license only or does it have to be licensed under a specific business type ie. Limousine, etc ?

  14. They should have a special requirement for older cars pre 2000. I have a rare 1989 Pontiac Bonneville SSE fully loaded with leather seats, super clean, less than 100k miles in pristine condition and cant be an uber driver. It is disappointing because it rides very smooth and many people enjoyed riding in the car, mostly friends and co-workers. All I am saying they should have a “special?” requirement for older cars even from the ’50s as long as they are luxurious and in perfect condition

      1. The Ideal for Uber is to provide Newer, Safer, With more safety features and technology than a Taxi that smells like Vomit or someone has past away in. Im sure your car is in great condition and smells great but doesnt have all the safety features as the new cars. Thank you for the Question

  15. I have registered for Uber partner and want to buy car. the challenge is that I do not know which car will qualify for Uber shuttle services. Please advise.

    1. Marisela,

      This Vehicle is not listed on approved Vehicles, Please email uber support for your answer. Thank you

    1. Sam,

      2015 Black Suburban – Approved as UberSUV with following restrictions:

      *Driver is required to have commercial registration and insurance.
      *Airport permit is required.(if you want to go to the Airport)

    1. I used my phone, to take picture of the Tag registration and insurance card and uploaded via my phone as well you’ll do the safety Inspection form as well.

  16. I am looking into purchasing a new vehicle… I am wanting to go Uber Plus… The Salesperson at Kia said his Cousin is driving Uber Plus in a 2016 Kia Optima (with leather interior)… Does anyone know if this is true? Will a 2017 Kia Optima (with Leather Interior) qualify for Uber Plus?

    1. 2014 or Newer of a Kia Optima with leather interior – Approved as UberPlus

      An entry-level four-door luxury sedan is required.
      The vehicle must have a leather interior.
      Must seat at four passengers, not including the driver.
      Only vehicles 2007 or newer will be accepted into UberPlus / UberSelect

  17. I am purchasing a 2016 Toyota Highlander XLE. Leather, seats 8, it’s a crossover SUV. Before I sight on the dotted line….should I buy a black one with black leather, or is it even going to make a difference! I would like to drive uberSUV.

    1. 2014 or newer
      Sedan or full-size SUV.
      Black exterior and interior.
      Vehicle should be at least 2010 or newer. (Updated from 2012 for 2016)
      Must seat at least four passengers (Sedan) or six passengers (SUV).
      Driver is required to have commercial registration and insurance.
      Airport permit is required.

  18. Uber Classic. Please. Do it. People will want rides in a wide variety of classic 2 and 4 passenger vehicles.

  19. Im confused, why would someone who owns such an expensive car want a job as a driver? Surely if you can afford the Lux car then u have the money already. Please enlighten me?

    1. Hi Joey,

      My theory was the same, However some may already own a vehicle of that type/price tag or prefer to have a vehicle that luxurious and do uber part time for the retired or they just want to have something of that nature hoping to draw more clients/customers, However thats not the case unless their city doesnt have many Lux or UberXL vehicles, that generates more business for them, But in Huntsville, Alabama, it just launched on March 7th 2016 and we ONLY have UberX ONLY at this time, But when we get the options for the other options, Those drivers can/could earn more than the ones here now with a UberX only.

      Thanks for your Question!

    2. Simple-let’s say I have $300k in the bank but I just lost my job and don’t have any marketable skills and/or fed up with being woken up by the alarm clock and going to work where I sit in front of the computer 5 days a week 9am-6pm and have to play all kinds of office politics. I have a toyota worth ~$12k which I can sell and only add $8k and buy one of the cars required for high payout. I then sign up and work 3-4 hours a day to cover basic living expenses, and when I say “work” it’s not really hard work because I also hang out at the beach, visit girlfriends(haha), run some other errands, etc.
      This is my first time on the forum, would be curious to know what you Timmy and others think about what I wrote.

    3. I drive a Tesla Model S. Driving Uber is my tv time- a different form of entertainment for me. sounds weird I know, but also keeps me humble.

  20. Hi, I am looking at possibly driving full time over the summer and during next semester in Miami, and as I look at cars, I have a question. The requirements say, “4-door sedan”. Does this mean hatchbacks are not allowed? There are some nice 4-door hatchbacks…

  21. I have a white 2015, 4 door Jeep Sahara with black leather interior. If I drive for Uber, can I get something more then Uber X for a $50K vehicle??

  22. If anyone has any further Questions, Please feel free to ask, I will do my best to respond within 72 hours!

    Happy and Safe Ubering!

      1. the Sport would be only X because there is no 3rd row seat. The larger Outlander third row seat is classified by Mitsubishi as “emergency seats”

  23. Which ones does an 2009 Audi Q7 TDI S-line qualify for? Only uberXL and select? Is it possible to qualify for luxury or is the car too old? Would a new audiQ7 qualify for SUV?

  24. I would like to become a Uber Black, I have a 2016 Toyota Highlander with 3rd row seats, will conformably seat 6. I did not see toyota on the approved vechical list, but does meet the approved SUV Black list. Can you help me with this question. Thnalks

  25. For UberBlack, Even if the car owns everything that Uber requres, but the car is not on the list? I’m asking for Honda Civic 2016

  26. is there statistics anywhere on what’s more in demand in Miami between UberXL and LUX SUV? I’m buying a car and want to know what’s better. Any recommendations?

    1. hi julia,

      there is not any statistics however it depends on the area you plan on driving. is it more upscale with richer people or would you rather be able to haul more than 4 passengers. personally id go all out so you can do both ☺

  27. 2016 Audi S4, i don’t see it as an uberblack? Will it qualify for uber black? I just don’t see why would I should only be able to do uberx -_- and only get 5 bucks for 2 miles or something like that.

    1. Can I use a 2008 Nissan Titan crew truck Black Exterior Black Interior Leather would it qualify in Atlanta GA and if so which Uber Category?

  28. I am looking at getting an Impreza. It has the hump in the middle of the floor in the back. Would that disqualify the car?

  29. Uber is screwed up, I own a BLACK VOLVO with a parchment LEATHER interior this is a $45,000 car and it fits in the low end of the pay scale, these guys are jokers…no thanks Uber

  30. The info I’ve seen online has these words “Note: There are many cars not listed! This is just to give you a rough idea.

    BMW 5-Series & 7-Series
    Mercedes S/G/GL/GLA/GLC-Class+
    Volvo XC90
    Infiniti Q70
    Lexus LS460
    Audi A6/A7/A8
    Hyundai Genesis
    Jaguar XF/XJ
    Range Rover
    Porsche Cayenne & Macan
    Rolls-Royce Phantom & Ghost
    Cadillac Escalade
    Volvo S80”

    I bought a Durango RT with Black out option and RT means sleeper Hemi with no logo on the outside. It is a sweet ride, 7 seat vehicle, appears to be an fbi car (lol) plenty of room for passengers, low to ground like a sedan so easy to get into and out of, and has all the bells and whistles and all the electronic hookup chargers anyone could wish for including the Uconnect system with mass info at the fingertips. Uber Select drivers have opted for it under Uber XL because no select were in the area and they were highly impressed saying it is better than the Uber Select vehicles here in Cinci. Unfortunately, son has had no luck getting it added on the Uber app for select or black though. Son wants to use it for premium service, yet it isn’t on the list above, so he is driving x in a chevy cruise here in Cinci because why put miles on a premium vehicle that Uber won’t accept for premium service? The pay isn’t enough to cover the mileage on the vehicle if Uber won’t add to select and black. The ideal would be for someone from Uber to take a look at this car. It is a head turner.

    My other son drives the Durango for Lyft. He applied to Uber 3 months ago, but Checkr background service pulled an incorrect background check on him, so he didn’t approve it. He went through the steps with the courthouse to get his record corrected, then followed the steps to upload the background check. Now Checkr points to Uber saying they’ve done their part, and Uber points to Checkr saying they are waiting on the background check. Apparently it is a common problem judging by Checkr complaints online. Since neither Checkr nor Uber provides anyone to speak with directly, it went out into never never land. So that son drives for Lyft. He had a passenger a couple of weeks ago who searched Uber select, black, and XL, but none were in his area. So he switched to Lyft app and spotted my son’s XL and selected it. He told my son he saw the Durango rounding the corner and said “Please let this be my car. Please let this be my car.” lol yes it was his car. He was ecstatic when my son pulled up and yes indeed that was his ride. The blacked out RT stands out.

    I had colleagues telling me about Uber driving at least a year prior to either son applying. I was highly skeptical. Have worked for a consumer goods giant for 29 years now, and with that comes a lot of scrutiny of the latest fad. When one of my sons finally bit the bullet to apply, have to say I was impressed with how it went. The app is really impressive. If I could help work out the bugs like the Checkr issue, I would in my spare time free of charge. I love innovation <3

  31. Am interested in becoming an Uber Driver and have been told a number of things regarding the vehicle that is acceptable. I have a 2005 Ford Freestar Minivan, which holds 6 passengers in excellent condition.

    Is this vehicle acceptable for the requirements of Uber?

  32. I have a 2014 Base Infiniti Q50 with all leather interior and all the necessary registration and licensing requirements. Should I be classified as Uber Select for a luxury vehicle?

  33. So in Philadelphia I can driver a 2001 or newer vehicle? Is there a limit to how many miles are on the car? What if it does have a salvaged or rebuilt title but was properly fixed and passd PA saftey inspections?

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