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Vehicle requirements

Seattle, Washington
Does your vehicle qualify to drive with Uber? Most 4-door cars do, but requirements vary by vehicle option.

Required permits

TNC for-hire permit and vehicle decal

King County requires TNC drivers to display their valid physical TNC for-hire permit and vehicle decal in their vehicle at all times while performing TNC services.

While your TNC for-hire permit and/or vehicle decal applications are pending with King County, you are permitted by local regulations to accept trips in King County on the Uber platform, except at Sea-Tac Airport.

King County has modified the process for issuing TNC for-hire permits and vehicle decals. Once approved, your TNC for-hire permit will be emailed (and/or your vehicle decal will be mailed) to you directly from King County to the email and/or address associated with your Uber account. If you added a vehicle to your Uber account, your vehicle decal will be mailed to you directly from King County to the address associated with your Uber account. Please ensure the email and address on your account is accurate.

Be sure to update the address associated with your Uber account.

Learn more here

Required testing

Seattle City Knowledge Test

In order to be compliant and legal to operate, you must complete a Seattle City Knowledge Test. After you complete the test, please upload the certificate to your Uber account.

Defensive Driving Course

Pursuant to law applicable to transportation network companies and drivers in King County and Seattle, and Pierce County and Tacoma, Uber is required to provide the National Safety Council's Online Defensive Driving Course.

Failure to complete this course may result in denial of your for-hire permit from regulatory agencies in these jurisdictions.

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive information on how to print or obtain an official National Safety Council Certificate of Completion. Please upload the certificate to your Uber account for approval.

Vehicle options in Seattle

Availability to sign up for certain Uber products in the Seattle market may be limited. Please visit the Greenlight Hub for more information.

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

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

Select

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 2015 or newer
  • Leather or vinyl interior with no tears
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No Town Cars, Crown Victorias, full-sized vans, or large trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

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

Black

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

Additional requirements

  • Keep a star rating of 4.85 or higher
  • 5-year-old vehicle or newer
  • Commercial insurance
  • Black exterior in excellent condition
  • Black leather interior with no tears
  • Seats for at least 4 riders in addition to the driver
  • No Town Cars, Crown Victorias, full-sized vans, or large trucks

Black SUV

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

Additional requirements

  • Keep a star rating of 4.85 or higher
  • 5-year-old vehicle or newer
  • Commercial insurance
  • Black exterior in excellent condition
  • Black leather interior with no tears
  • Seats for at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
  • No Town Cars, Crown Victorias, full-sized vans, or large trucks

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

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