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The world of transportation is changing dramatically. Many metropolitan areas are constantly congested with traffic, and an increasing number of office positions can be done from home. The need to drive a car has reduced for many people, so there’s a shift away from car ownership.
Sometimes, you still need to travel longer distances, but not frequently enough to own a car. Or, you may own a car but prefer to let someone else drive instead. You now have the option to use Uber, a ride-sharing service operating in over 500 cities worldwide. The drivers are normal people who drive their own vehicles. It makes transportation more comfortable and personal.
It’s all smartphone app-based, and incredibly simple to use.
- Users download the app from their smartphone app store.
- An individual profile must be created, verified by credit card information.
- The user opens the app when they want a ride, and one tap requests a ride from their location to their desired destination.
- An Uber driver nearby attends the request and transports the rider.
- Payment is cashless, all controlled through in-app credit card transactions.
Within the Uber service, different options exist including economy, premium, accessibility, and carpool rides. The pricing varies depending on the level of service you require. However, no matter which option you choose, Uber is always competitively priced as an alternative to a taxi service.
Uber drivers have the flexibility to operate whenever they are available. It’s an excellent source of non-traditional income that can either be a full-time job or just for a bit of supplemental money. In addition to delivering people, you can also become an Uber driver as a delivery service.
And becoming an Uber driver is almost as easy as becoming a rider. Here’s how you can become a driver for Uber.
Part 1 of 3: Sign up online to drive for Uber
Step 1: Navigate to the Uber homepage on your computer. You’ll find it at www.Uber.com.
Step 2: Select the “Drive” category along the top bar on the homepage. Once the page loads, click on the green box that displays.
- The green box is labeled “Start Driving with Uber.”
Step 3: Enter your details in the boxes on the right side of the page. You’ll need to provide your first and last name, email address, phone number, desired password, and the city in which you will be operating.
- Click “Next” to continue the application to be an Uber driver.
Step 4: Select your desired role as an Uber driver. This is where you’ll choose to be a people carrier or a delivery driver.
Select UberX if you want to transport passenger.
Select UberTAXI if you’re a commercial taxi driver licensed to operate in your city.
Choose Delivery, or Delivery with a Car if you’d like to carry packages instead of people.
Step 5: Confirm you have a vehicle that meets the requirements. Your vehicle must be 2001 or newer with at least 4 doors and cannot have a salvage title.
If you drive a hybrid, it must be no older than a 2004 model year.
If you don’t have a car that qualifies, you can select the “I need a vehicle” option where you can view affordable leasing options.
Part 2 of 3: Provide the required documentation
Step 1: Perform Social Security check. Enter your social security number for a quick background check.
- Read the disclaimer thoroughly, then select “I agree and acknowledge” once you’re ready to continue.
Step 2: Provide a photo of your driver’s license. You can either upload a photo using your computer or you can snap a pic with your phone.
Step 3: Attend a vehicle inspection. Uber requires a free vehicle inspection before you can begin carrying fares.
Select a location from the list provided online in the driver registration process, or have your own mechanic inspect your vehicle and complete the required inspection form.
Once the inspection is complete, you’re almost ready to start picking up fares.
Part 3 of 3: Get the Uber app and begin driving
Step 1: Download the Driver app. Once you’ve completed the requirements to become an Uber driver, you’ll be directed to download the Uber Driver app.
- Download the app from the link you receive.
Step 2: Login using the credentials you provided during the signup process.
Step 3: Tap the icon “Go Online” and you’re ready to pick up your first customer.
You’ll be putting many more miles on your car as an Uber driver. That means increased vehicle maintenance and repairs, which YourMechanic can do for you. Whether you need your Uber vehicle inspection performed or an oil change service, we’ll take care of your vehicle while you take care of business.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Become an Uber Driver and was authored by Jason Unrau.