Uber Driving as a Career

Uber USA Driving Careers

If you reside in a city that has Uber then you probably already know that this type of taxi service is reliable, fast, and affordable. However, were you aware that you can easily become a Uber driver? There are basically only a few easy steps that will allow you to become a driver for Uber and quickly start earning those extra dollars.

You will be amazed at how easy it is to become an Uber driver and this article will provide you with a few important details on what type of vehicle you require, what documentation you need and other pertinent facts. The three simple steps to becoming and driver are 1) apply and sign up online, 2) see if your vehicle qualifies by doing a vehicle inspection, and 3) making sure that you have the right type of insurance and driving license.

If you decide that this is something that you would like to do then you also must understand that your car must meet certain standards. After all, you will be transporting people from one place to another. Your vehicle should comfortably sit between 4 to 8 people and it will need to be no older than five years. Uber allows certain vehicles, depending on the country, to be used and you can check the Uber website for a complete list of vehicles that can be used in your area.

If you do not own a vehicle, or if your vehicle does not meet the requirements of Uber, then the process may still be possible but it will be a bit trickier. You will need to purchase or rent an Uber approved vehicle which can be done at the Uber Marketplace. The Uber Marketplace provides special discounts for approved vehicles.

To become an driver you will be required to have the right type of driving license. If you do not have the correct type of driving license then you will need to apply for one before you can begin your Uber career. Obviously, the type of driving license that is necessary will vary from country to country. You will also probably need to have the vehicle inspected by the licensing agency.

For example, if you live in the United States then you will be required to have a minimum of three years of driving experience and be at least 21 years of age. You will also need a clean driving record, and in-state driving license, no DUI or drug related charges, no criminal history, no history of driving without a license or insurance, and no reckless driving charges.

Another important item before becoming an driver is having the correct insurance. Your vehicle may already be insured but it probably will not be covered for this type of business use. If you require additional insurance then you can search the Internet for various websites that provide price comparisons.

There will also be a two hour mandatory training course required to become an Uber driver. This training course is free and it is known as the “Ignition Info Session”. This free session does not focus on how to drive but how to handle customers, provide customer service, and deal with other relevant issues that may arise.

During this session you will also receive information on how to use the Uber Partner App. The Uber Partner App is used by Uber drivers to record and calculate their fares. Also, if someone requires your services then the App will automatically alert you by flashing and beeping on the screen.

After you sign up with Uber as a driver you will need to give the company your bank details. Uber usually pays each week on a Thursday. It automatically calculates the total of your fares between 4 AM Monday and 3:59 AM the Monday following. The fare will be based on the distance and duration of the trip. If you are required to pay for a toll during your trip then Uber will reimburse you for the total cost.

Uber will take a percentage, usually 20%, off each fare as well as a booking fee. Even though you are in a sense working for Uber it is important to remember that you are in reality self-employed. Therefore, you will be required to do your own taxes for whatever country you live in. To begin your Uber career simply apply and sign up online.

 

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