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Vehicle and document requirements

Lexington

Does your vehicle qualify to drive with Uber? Most four-door cars do, but requirements vary by vehicle option. See if your vehicle qualifies and find out what documents you need to hit the road!

Minimum requirements

Vehicle

  • 15-year-old vehicle or newer
  • 4-door vehicle
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No commercial branding

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. Learn about vehicle insurance here.

Uber Decal

Under local regulations for Kentucky, all partners must display an Uber decal on their vehicle while online. Place it on your passenger-side, front windshield facing outward. You can remove it when you decide to go offline and save it for the next time.

Once you become an Uber partner, we will mail you a decal. You should receive it within 7 business days.

While you wait for your Uber decal to arrive, you can print and use a temporary decal so that you can begin taking trips immediately.

If needed, you can also order a new decal here.

Kentucky defensive driving course

Kentucky regulations require all rideshare drivers to take a driver safety training course each year. This 2-hour course can be completed online at any time, and will center around collision prevention and safe driving habits.

Due to this regulation, starting June 25, 2019, you won’t be eligible to receive trip requests in Kentucky using the Uber app until you upload a certificate to your account for passing the defensive driving course.

How to take the Kentucky defensive driving course

  • Visit the Online Training Center and click 'New Partners' to get started
  • Complete the checkout process (the course has a $15 fee), and make sure to enter the email address and phone number associated with your Uber account
  • On the order confirmation page, verify that the user name matches your official name listed on your license
  • After you complete your purchase, either start your training immediately, or copy the web address in the confirmation screen to complete later
  • After you complete the training with a passing score, download the certificate to your computer and upload to your Uber account

Kentucky regulations require you to renew your driver safety training course every year. Don’t worry – we’ll remind you when your training is close to expiration.

Take the state-required course.

Vehicle Inspections

The state of Kentucky requires all partners to complete a vehicle inspection within 30 days of becoming active on the Uber platform. Click on the link below to find out how and where to complete your inspection.

Vehicle options in Lexington

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

UberSELECT

Mid-tier luxury sedans command higher fares. See our list of eligible vehicle models, but in rare circumstances other models may qualify.

Driver requirements

  • Rating of 4.75 or higher
  • Minimum of 30 completed trips

Additional requirements

  • Model year 2010 or newer
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

Even if all of the above criteria is met, the Uber Operations Team reserves the right to disallow participation in the UberSELECT class as seen fit.

At this time, Uber is not accepting new Select vehicles in Lexington.

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

Uber vehicle decals

Under local regulations for Lexington, Kentucky, 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. You can also pick one up at your local Greenlight Hub.

Need a temporary decal? Print one at home here.

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