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Vehicle requirements

Columbia

Does your vehicle qualify to drive with Uber? Most four-door cars do, but requirements vary by vehicle option.

Minimum requirements

  • 15-year-old vehicle or newer
  • 4-door vehicle
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No commercial branding
  • Display an Uber decal at all times
  • Pass a vehicle inspection within 30 days of taking your first trip

Registration

Uber accepts both official and temporary registration documents. The vehicle does not need to be registered in your name to qualify.

Insurance

All partners must maintain their own insurance policy in accordance with state and local laws. In addition, Uber maintains automobile liability insurance on behalf of all U.S. partners.

Vehicle options in Columbia

uberX

Most newer cars qualify to drive with uberX, the most popular vehicle option for riders.

Please note that subcompact vehicles may not be eligible for all incentives.*

Additional requirements

  • 4-door vehicle with independently opening passenger doors
  • Have 5 factory-installed seats and seat belts
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No vans, box trucks, or similar vehicles
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • No aftermarket seating modifications, such as installed seats, seat belts, or BedRyder systems

uberXL

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

Additional requirements

  • 4-door vehicle with independently opening passenger doors
  • Have 7 factory-installed seats and seat belts
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No vans, box trucks, or similar vehicles
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • No aftermarket seating modifications, such as installed seats, seat belts, or BedRyder systems

Comfort

Comfort was designed to maximize possibilities on the Uber platform.

Additional requirements:

  • Maintain eligibility on a different Uber option such as UberX, Select, UberXL, Uber Black, or Uber Black SUV
  • 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

Vehicle decal and license plate placard

Vehicle decal

Under local regulations for Columbia, South Carolina, all partners must display an Uber decal on their vehicle while online. Place it on your front passenger windshield facing outward. You can remove it when you decide to go offline and save it for the next time. Pro Tip: keep the paper it comes with to place your sticker on when not in use.

Once you become an Uber partner, we will mail you a decal. You should receive it within 7 business days. If you ever need a new decal after you become a partner, you can request a new one be mailed to you.

Need a temporary decal? Print one at home here.

License plate placard

The South Carolina legislature passed a new law that requires all rideshare drivers to display their license plate number from the front of their vehicle at the time of a pickup beginning June 15, 2019.

This requirement is meant to help riders match the license plate number before entering your vehicle to help create safer experiences for everyone. To help you fulfill this requirement, all new and existing Uber driver-partners will receive a physical placard to their mailing address.

If you haven’t received your license plate placard, follow the instructions below:

  1. Print the temporary placard here

  2. Using a permanent marker, write your license plate number in large font

  3. Tape the temporary placard on the passenger side, bottom right corner of your front windshield alongside your Uber decal. Ensure the license number faces outward.

If you've recently added a new vehicle, or previously requested a license plate placard but it hasn't arrived, request a new one here.

The placard with corresponding license plate number should be displayed on every vehicle that you use to drive with Uber.

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