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Uber Eats Requirements That Every Driver Must Meet In 2024

Are you considering becoming an Uber Eats driver, but don’t know if your vehicle will make the cut or not?

Don’t worry, Uber Eats does have requirements for drivers to apply, but most drivers shouldn’t have an issue meeting most of them.

Below, I’ll explain the driver, vehicle, and insurance requirements that every applicant must meet in order to apply to the position, as well as best practices for each.

Let’s dive right in.

  • Uber Eats drivers must meet age and document requirements for different delivery modes.
  • Car and scooter drivers need a valid license, insurance, and registration.
  • Background checks require Social Security number and review of driving and criminal records.
  • Additional considerations include vehicle age and insurance coverage for delivery driving.

General Uber Eats Requirements

Every driver that applies to Uber Eats must meet a handful of requirements in order to apply as a driver.

First, there are the age requirements.

If you are looking to apply as a driver using a car or scooter, you must be 19 years old.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to apply using a bicycle or on foot, the age to apply is 18 – a little more forgiving.

Next come the document requirements.

To apply to drive using a vehicle or scooter, you must have a valid driver’s license. For those looking to use a bicycle or deliver on foot, you only need some form of government-issued ID.

Every applicant must also have a valid Social Security number that will be used during the background check process, regardless of what type of transportation you’ve selected.

These general requirements are very standard for pretty much every platform in the gig economy, and help to maintain the safety and reliability of their on-demand workforce.

Vehicle-Specific Uber Eats Requirements

The vehicle-specific requirements are also pretty easy to meet as long as you fall within some general guidelines.

screenshot showing how to apply to uber eats as a driver

If you’re applying to deliver using a vehicle, the vehicle must have 2 or 4 doors, and have a valid proof of registration and some type of insurance.

Requirements for food deliveries are a bit more forgiving than Uber’s rideshare driver requirements, because passengers will not be riding in the car with you.

There’s also no vehicle inspection required, unlike the inspection that all rideshare drivers must keep current as part of their onboarding process.

Uber Eats really just wants to know that you have your own reliable vehicle that can get you and your orders to the customers.

As a note, if you’re already approved as an Uber rideshare driver, your vehicle usually is already approved for the Uber Eats platform. All you have to do is apply to drive food deliveries and you should be good to go.

For those applying to drive a scooter for Uber Eats, the requirements are somewhat similar.

Your scooter must be under 50CC, and you must be able to provide a proof of registration and auto insurance.

I think that Uber Eats should provide some bag requirements too, but there’s a little bit of trial and error that they’re leaving to drivers.

If you’d like to apply using a bicycle or on foot, there really aren’t any specific requirements other than the driver-specific ones.

You must have a government-issued ID, but also be able to carry orders for whatever distance is required for the delivery.

I’ve written about this in my guide to delivering with Uber Eats on a bicycle, but I highly suggest you pick the right insulated food delivery bag to keep the orders safe.

Start thinking about things like food shifting around and drinks spilling, and then pick a bag that is specifically designed to counter those issues.

Additional Considerations to Keep in Mind

As you can see, the Uber Eats requirements are pretty easy to meet. They’re very logical and it makes sense why the company mandates them.

However, keep in mind that the vehicle requirements can differ depending on the region you apply in, and the local requirements that they’ve set for drivers.

For example, in some cities, vehicles might need to be no older than a 1998 model.

Another thing to note is that your personal auto insurance should cover delivery driving.

Uber does provide drivers with a delivery-specific insurance policy that applies to the times when a driver is on an active delivery.

However, this policy doesn’t apply in some scenarios – like waiting for an order – which is called the “coverage gap”.

During these times, your personal auto insurance might not cover delivery-related or commercial activities, so you might be vulnerable and have less coverage than you should have.

I highly suggest talking with your insurance agent to discuss the appropriate amount of coverage. Be up front and honest with them, and they’ll help you find the most ideal solution.

Uber Eats Application Process

Once you meet the requirements, the only thing left to do is to apply to drive.

screenshot of the Uber Eats application process

You’ll need to upload necessary documents(specific to the type of deliveries you’re applying to do) like your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration.

I suggest getting these together before you start applying since it makes the process much smoother by being prepared.

As part of this process, every driver will also need to pass a standard background check. This reviews your driving history and criminal record.

In short, the background check, which is conducted by a third party called Checkr, ensures that you do not have any major violations or multiple minor violations within the specified timeframe.

You’ll need to consent to this by providing your Social Security number, so make sure to have this handy as well.

If you pass the background check, congratulations. Simply follow the prompts that Uber Eats gives you from there and you’ll be one step closer to being on the road.

Do you have questions about the Uber Eats requirements? If so, leave them in the comments section below and somebody from our team will respond with a reply as soon as we can.

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