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The basics

How to drive with Uber in the UK

Uber is a great way to be your own boss and make money. Here’s what you need to know if you would like to start driving in London, Manchester, Birmingham and other cities in the United Kingdom.

1. Sign up online

Got an email address and a smartphone? Great, now tell us a bit more about yourself and we’ll get you started.

2. Get a licence

In order to drive on the Uber app, you'll need a private hire licence from a council that Uber is licensed by. If you don't have one, that's OK - we'll help you get started with a personalised Ignition appointment where we offer advice and support after you sign up.

3. Upload your documents

Time for some paperwork. There are a few documents we need to see:

  • A valid UK driver's licence. PLEASE NOTE: EU driver's licence needs to be converted to UK driver's licence before onboarding
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • A driver profile photo
    • Must be a forward-facing, centered photo including the driver’s full face and top of shoulders, with no sunglasses
    • Must be a photo only of the driver with no other subject in the frame, well-lit, and in focus. It cannot be a driver’s licence photo or other printed photograph

Required years of driving experience will vary depending on in which city you are based.

4. Get a vehicle

Which car is right for you? Make sure it meets our standards in United Kingdom, and remember that you’ll make more money if you keep your costs low.

You can still sign up even if you don't have an eligible car right now. Check out our vehicle solutions.

5. Activate your account

If you’ve completed all the above steps, congratulations! You’re ready to activate your account and start making money.

Tax time

Register for VAT (if applicable)

It usually takes a week to complete the VAT registration process. This page walks you through the basics.

To get specific advice about your personal circumstances, you should consult a tax advisor.

Please note that this is applicable only when your turnover from your activities exceeds the VAT registration threshold.

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