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Vehicle requirements

San Diego

Does your vehicle qualify to drive with Uber? Most four-door cars do, but requirements vary by vehicle option. And if you don't have a car, we can help you get one.

Minimum requirements

  • 15-year-old vehicle or newer
  • 4-door vehicle
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No commercial branding
  • No taxi/neon color paint jobs - yellow, orange, bright green, pink, etc.
  • No after market and manufacturer paint jobs and no decals
  • Pass a vehicle inspection

Cosmetic guidelines

Some cosmetic features may prevent vehicles from qualifying. These include:

  • Full-body wraps containing advertisements, or any large ads
  • Holes in exterior
  • Taxi decals or taxi-style paint
  • Significant damage to interior (torn seats, large permanent stains, strong permanent odors)
  • Paint Oxidation
  • Different colored hoods/doors
  • Aftermarket modifications

Window tinting must be within acceptable CA regulations.

California 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 San Diego

uberX

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

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
  • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state of California

Hablas español? Learn more about driving with uberESPAÑOL.

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
  • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state of California

UberSELECT

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

Additional requirements

  • Model year 2009 or newer
  • Leather or vinyl interior with no tears
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state of California
  • 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

UberBLACK

Offer luxury rides in the original Uber black car service. White gloves optional.

Additional requirements

  • Seating: Must comfortably seat 4 or more passengers
  • Model Year: Must be 2012 or newer
  • Body Style: Must be a 4-door vehicle
  • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state of California
  • Must have commercial insurance
  • Must have a TCP permit
  • Must have a city-specific airport permit, when required
  • Vehicle must be in excellent condition
  • Vehicle must have black interior and exterior

Vehicle Exterior

  • No noticeable dents
  • No noticeable paint scratches
  • TCP numbers on front and back
  • No stickers (beyond TCP numbers)
  • No paint oxidation
  • No poorly repainted components
  • Must have emblems

Vehicle Interior

  • Working windows
  • Must have black leather or vinyl upholstery without tears
  • No visible stains
  • Operational A/C

UberSUV

Make room for the whole crew with this high-end vehicle service. Only black SUVs qualify.

Additional requirements

  • Seating: Must comfortably seat 6 or more passengers
  • Model Year: Must be 2012 or newer
  • Body Style: Must be a 4-door vehicle
  • Must be a full-size SUV
  • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state of California
  • Must have commercial insurance
  • Must have a TCP permit
  • Must have a city-specific airport permit, when required
  • Vehicle must be in excellent condition
  • Vehicle must have black interior and exterior

Vehicle Exterior

  • No noticeable dents
  • No noticeable paint scratches
  • TCP numbers on front and back
  • No stickers (beyond TCP numbers)
  • No paint oxidation
  • No poorly repainted components
  • Must have emblems

Vehicle Interior

  • Working windows
  • Must have black leather or vinyl upholstery without tears
  • No visible stains
  • Operational A/C

uberESPAÑOL

Fluent in Spanish? Allow riders to experience uberX with a Spanish-speaking driver-partner.

Additional requirements

  • 4-door sedan in good condition
  • 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

Cars model year 2002 or newer qualify to drive with uberX. View our list of popular models, but others may qualify.

Uber vehicle decals

Under local regulations for San Diego, California, all partners must display an Uber decal on their vehicle while online. Place them on your front passenger windshield and rear passenger windshield facing outward. You can remove them when you decide to go offline and save them for the next time. Pro Tip: keep the paper they come 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.

Uber delivery services

Find more ways to earn. Drivers 19 years of age and older may qualify for delivery services, like Uber Eats.

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