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Taxi and driving jobs vs. driving with Uber

If you’re interested in partnering with Uber or are considering other driving jobs, read on to compare information about different driving options.*

What do you drive?

Who do you work for?

Driving hours

Startup and licensure fees

Uber partner

A vehicle owned by the driver or rental vehicle

Yourself

Flexible driving schedule

In many markets, you can begin driving with UberX as long as you have a qualifying car and the requisite insurance, and you complete a background screening. You must also have a valid driver’s license, one year of licensed driving experience, and be at least 21 to drive with Uber. But, you typically do not need to obtain a professional license.⁴

Taxi driver

A car owned by the taxi company (use or rent) or owned by the driver¹

A taxi company or yourself

Flexible driving schedule¹

In many markets, taxi drivers must obtain a professional license.⁵

Limo driver

A car owned by the limo company (use or rent) or a vehicle owned by the driver¹

A transportation company or yourself

A structured driving schedule—work when your clients require it¹

In some markets, limo drivers must obtain a professional license.⁵

Bus driver

A bus carrying 15 to 100+ passengers²

A city, school, airport, or private company

A structured driving schedule—work when your employer requires it³

For school buses or buses that transport 16 or more passengers, you must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) with passenger (P) and/or school bus (S) endorsements.⁶ ⁷

Do all driving jobs require a CDL?

No. And generally speaking, you don’t need a CDL to drive with UberX. To drive larger commercial vehicles, such as buses or stretch limos, you do need a CDL. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires drivers who transport 16 or more passengers to hold a CDL with a passenger (P) endorsement.⁶

Why choose Uber

Set your own hours

Driving a limo or bus can mean long hours and rigid schedules. With Uber, you can be your own boss and make money when and where you want.

Cash out instantly

Sign up for Instant Pay and you can cash out after each trip, up to 5 times per day.

Have a partner on the road

Features in the Uber app help you find riders in real time, so you can be alerted to earning opportunities nearby.

Protection on every trip

While driving on a trip with a rider, you’re insured by at least a $1 million liability policy.⁷

Learn more

Offline

When you’re offline and not signed in to the Driver app, you’re responsible for your personal auto insurance.

Online

When you’re online with the Driver app and before you’ve accepted a trip, Uber maintains the following liability insurance on your behalf:

  • $50K injury per person
  • $100K injury total per accident
  • $25K property damage liability

En route

Once you’ve accepted a trip, Uber maintains the following insurance on your behalf:

  • $1M liability
  • $1M uninsured/underinsured motorist injury coverage
  • Contingent collision and comprehensive coverage up to actual vehicle cash value (with a $1K deductible)

Frequently asked questions

Yes. You can keep driving a taxi and make money with Uber in your spare time using your personal vehicle.

Globally, about 3 million people drive with Uber and about 75 million ride with Uber.

As often as you’d like. At Uber, you can drive when you want and manage your own schedule. Partnering with Uber is a great way to be your own boss and earn extra cash.