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Uber Driver Requirements / Has Uber Made The Roads Safer?


Though millions of people take Uber worldwide, the concept of getting into a car with a complete stranger can still be jarring. Afterall, you don’t know this person. And you don’t have any knowledge of their criminal past or even their driving history. 

With several stories in the media alleging sexual assault, kidnapping, and even rape against Uber and Lyft drivers, you may be wondering how safe it really is to ride with an unknown driver.

West Coast Trial Lawyers are the top personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles and we are here to answer any questions you may have regarding Uber and Lyft cases. 

Uber Driver Requirements 

Uber has different requirements for the different services they offer. The general requirements set for UberX, XL, Pool, and Select drivers dictate that he or she must: 

  • Be at least 21 years of age 
  • Have a 4-door vehicle that is no older than 15 years
  • Have an in-state car insurance policy in their name 
  • Have an in-state driver’s license 
  • Have in-state license plates 
  • Have a social security number 
  • Pass a background check and driving record check 
  • Pass a vehicle inspection test 

Uber Black And Black SUV Requirements 

Uber Black and Black SUV are a more luxurious version of Uber’s familiar ridesharing services. Commercial registration, commercial insurance, and stricter car requirements will apply. For these services, a driver’s car must be classified as a “commercial vehicle.” 

This basically means that this vehicle must be designed to carry more than 15 passengers and can be used for business purposes. Depending on your city and state, you may be required to get a commercial driver’s license. Although Uber generally doesn’t ask for this requirement, some cities will require it depending on the size of the vehicle. 

Uber Background Check

Uber requests that all drivers undergo a background check. Background checks are conducted by a third-party and then later inform Uber about acceptance or denial. For a majority of states, Uber runs a background check once a year. It is in their power to run the check whenever they like. 

A driver’s criminal background must be clear of felony convictions, violent crimes, or sexual offenses. Though some non-violent felons are accepted, Uber usually makes a determination based on the nature of the crime. 

While conducting a background check Uber looks into:

  • Federal courthouse records 
  • Motor vehicle records 
  • National sex offender registry 
  • County courthouse records for every county of residence in the past 7 years 
  • Social security traces 
  • The multi-state criminal database 

In addition to passing a background check, a driver must also meet the following requirements regarding their driving record: 

  • One year of U.S licensing history 
  • No DUI’s or dangerous driving charges. California residents must not have a DUI in the past 10 years  
  • No more than three traffic incidents in the past 3 years  
  • No speeding violations in the past 3 years 

Uber Vehicle Inspection 

In order to ensure safety on the road, Uber and Lyft have similar vehicle requirements. Every year, it is mandatory for all vehicles to be inspected. Vehicle inspections are free at an Uber or Lyft Hub. During inspection, an automobile must pass the following points by having working:

  • Headlights 
  • Tail Lights 
  • Turn Indicator Lights 
  • Stop Lights 
  • Foot Brakes 
  • Emergency/ Parking brakes 
  • Steering Mechanisms 
  • Clean windshields 
  • Seatbelts 
  • Windshield Wipers 
  • Front Seat Adjusters 
  • A Working Horn 
  • A Working Speedometer 
  • Bumpers 
  • Muffler and exhaust systems 
  • Tires with proper tread depth 
  • Interior and exterior rear view mirrors 

Points Against Your License 

In certain states, you may be penalized for reckless driving. The demerit point system is set in place by the state and can affect your driving record for years. Typically, points can be added or subtracted with time. However, Uber does not take points into consideration when reviewing your record because states employ different point systems. 

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help

Our personal injury attorneys will not charge you for a consultation. Our clients are represented on a contingency fee basis. If we do not win, you owe us nothing. There is no financial risk to prevent you from reaching out. Our qualified personal injury lawyers are highly-trained and have extensive experience with cases that are similar to yours. We are committed to helping you resolve your legal issues as quickly as possible while receiving the best results.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, reach out to our legal team 24 hours a day by calling us at (213) 927-3700 or emailing info@westcoasttriallawyers.com.



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