Whether you’re a new or experienced driver, here’s a brief recap on the latest Uber driving and license requirements so you can quickly make sure you’re good to go. While the basic driving requirements haven’t changed too much, we have heard recently that drivers are getting frustrated with more of the ‘basic’ requirements that have to deal with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Here’s what we suggest:
Uber Requirements: The Latest
The minimum requirements for driving with Uber have basically stayed the same:
- You need to be at least 21 years of age;
- Have at least one year of driving experience in the US (or 3 years if you’re under 23);
- Have a valid US driver’s license;
- And, have an eligible 4-door vehicle.
You’re probably all set on the above, but then there are the state-issued or insurance-provider issued documents that can sometimes be a bit more complicated.
- Your driver’s license
- Proof of vehicle registration
- Proof of vehicle insurance
Uber’s great about letting you know if you have expiring documents, and also great about keeping you from the road if one of these above documents expires.
Lastly, there’s driver screening, which you can complete online with Uber, which reviews your driving record and criminal history.
Keeping Your Driver’s License Up-To-Date.
Let’s say your driver’s license is expiring. Uber’s definitely going to tell you about it. Depending on what state you’re in, you may get a reminder in the mail, but that’s assuming the DMV has your correct address on file.
For example, in California you can renew online or by mail, by filling out the correct form and paying the $33 renewal fee. That’s right, you probably don’t need to go into the DMV for this, unless your license has other issues on it.
If you want the exact renewal link and/or form emailed to you, we’ve compiled a database. Fill out the form and we’ll send you the information automatically.
Keeping Your Vehicle Registration Up-To-Date.
You will also need to keep an eye on your vehicle registration to keep it valid, so you can stay active with Uber. Most DMV’s will mail you renewal notices well in advance of your registration’s expiration date.
For example, in California, when you get a notice in the mail, it will include:
- The date of your tag’s expiration
- Renewal fees
- Vehicle information
- Emissions requirement
- Delinquency fees, if applicable
Sometimes you won’t receive the notice in the mail however, and if that’s the case you’ll need to visit your local DMV office or call them. Also, we’ll send you what you need to know based on your state here.
If you need to schedule a local DMV appointment, you can schedule one here for free in a few seconds.
Keeping Your Auto Insurance Up-To-Date.
Another must-do for Uber otherwise you’ll be sidelined. Most insurance providers have auto-renewal so hopefully this isn’t an issue you have to worry about. If you don’t have auto-renewal set up for your auto-insurance, or aren’t sure, check with your insurance provider.
By now, Uber has a good system of reminders set up to try to make it easier for you stay an active driver, however, keeping your state DMV information up-to-date is not one of these areas. You will at some point or another have to deal with the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew your driver’s license or registration. You can always search for information specific to your state or use our links to get form and document information sent to you automatically.
Have more questions? Leave us a question or comment below and we’ll get back to you soon. Have an Uber-related question? We highly recommend you check out the SherpaShare Pulse driver community.