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?
Startup and licensure fees
A vehicle owned by the driver or rental vehicle
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Sign up for Instant Pay and you can cash out after each trip, up to 5 times per day.
While driving on a trip with a rider, you’re insured by at least a $1 million liability policy.⁷
When you’re offline and not signed in to the Driver app, you’re responsible for your personal auto insurance.
When you’re online with the Driver app and before you’ve accepted a trip, Uber maintains the following liability insurance on your behalf:
Once you’ve accepted a trip, Uber maintains the following insurance on your behalf:
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.
*The material provided on this web page is intended for informational purposes only and may not be applicable in your country, region, or city. It is subject to change and may be updated without notice.
¹"Taxi Drivers, Ride-Hailing Drivers, and Chauffeurs: Work Environment," US Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed December 21, 2018
²"Bus Drivers: What Bus Drivers Do,” US Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed December 21, 2018
³“Bus Drivers: Work Environment,” US Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed December 21, 2018
⁴The statements in this column relate to drivers who are classified as rideshare or transportation network company (TNC) drivers. Some drivers who partner with Uber, including some UberX driver-partners, are classified as livery or for-hire drivers and are typically required to obtain a professional license. Some states or cities, like New York City, require a CDL or for-hire license to drive a taxi, for-hire vehicle, or limousine, or to partner with Uber. Also, the requirements to drive with UberX vary by market and might include additional startup costs, such as fees associated with vehicle inspections.
⁵“Bus Drivers: How to Become a Bus Driver,” US Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed December 21, 2018
⁶“Drivers,” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, accessed December 21, 2018
⁷Uber maintains at least those amounts and coverages, and the actual coverages and limits vary by state. Insurance coverages and limits are with respect to UberX partners (not Black or Uber Eats).