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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.

Minimum requirements

  • 10-year-old vehicle or newer
  • 4-door vehicle
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No commercial branding
  • Pass a vehicle inspection

 

Registration

Uber accepts both official and temporary registration documents. The vehicle does not need to be registered in your name to qualify.

Insurance

All drivers 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. drivers. Learn about vehicle insurance

Eligible vehicles list

Find the vehicle makes and models that are eligible to drive with Uber in your city.

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.

Livery drivers (Uber Black): In order to accept UberX, UberXL, and Uber Comfort trips on the Uber platform, King County regulations require that you obtain a TNC for-hire permit or license. If you already have a King County TNC for-hire permit or license, please upload a photo of the permit or license to 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

Uber Black

Offer luxury rides in the original Uber black car service.

Additional requirements

  • Keep a star rating of 4.85 or higher
  • Commercial insurance
  • Additional document required

Vehicle requirements

  • 5-year-old vehicle or newer
  • Exterior: black only
  • Interior: black leather or vegan leather only
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • No cosmetic damage or missing pieces
  • Working windows
  • No visible stains
  • Operational A/C

Uber 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
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Additional document required

Vehicle requirements

  • 5-year-old vehicle or newer
  • Exterior: black only
  • Interior: black Leather or vegan leather only
  • Seat at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
  • No cosmetic damage or missing pieces
  • Working windows
  • No visible stains
  • Operational A/C

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

Local requirements

To ensure that you stay safe and compliant on the road, all drivers should be aware of local regulatory requirements.

Uber vehicle decals

The Uber decal must be displayed in your windshield when picking up and dropping off at the airport. Place it on your front passenger windshield facing outward.

Once you become an Uber driver, 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 driver, 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 service

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

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