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“Driver & Vehicle Requirements for Uber Partners”

“How to start driving for yourself as an Independent Uber Partner

Uber Partner - Driver & Car Requirements

Want to be driving as an Uber Partner but don’t know what the Uber driver and vehicle requirements are for 2017? It can be challenging to find information about what is needed to get started for driving for yourself. We will make it easy for you to get started by providing you with exactly what you need to do.

First, I want to mention, you must signup to drive for Uber before you can become an Uber Partner.

Once you sign up to drive for Uber, and get access to your Uber Partner Driver Dashboard, simple complete all the steps listed below.”

Below is information on how to become an Uber Partner including: Age Requirements, Driver Requirements, and Vehicle Requirements.

Uber Partner – Driver Age Requirements for 2017

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have at least one year of driving experience in the U.S. (3 years if you are under 23 years old)
  • Have a valid U.S. driver’s license
  • Use an eligible 4-door vehicle

Other Uber Partner – Document Requirements

  • You need to have in-state car insurance in your name.
  • You must have in-state car registration. It does not need to be in your name.
  • You must have an in-state Driver’s License.
  • You must have a Social Security Number for a background check.

Background Check

  • Clean driving record.
  • Pass a background check.

The background check is done by a company called Hirease. It will take a few days.

Background check: make sure that in the past 7 years you have had…

  • No DUI or drug-related offenses.
  • No incidents of driving without insurance or license.
  • No fatal accidents
  • No history of reckless driving.
  • No criminal history.

Uber Partner – Vehicle Requirements for 2017

Do you want to become an Uber Driver Partner but are not sure whether your vehicle meets all of the Uber vehicle requirements? UberX, Uber XL, and UberSelect allow you to use your personal vehicle without commercial licensing or insurance, but your car still must meet the basic criteria listed here.

On the other hand, if you want to drive for UberBLACK, UberSUV, or UberLUX, your car must meet stricter standards.

2017 Minimum requirements for all vehicles

  • Model year 2002 or newer
  • 4-door car or minivan
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No commercial branding
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection requirements


Uber accepts both official and temporary registration documents. The vehicle does not need to be registered in your name to qualify.


All Uber partners must maintain their own insurance policy in accordance with state and local laws. In addition, Uber maintains automobile liability insurance on behalf of all U.S. partners.

Uber Partner – Vehicle Inspection Requirements for 2017

Here’s some basic info first regarding your upcoming Uber vehicle inspection: Uber has car inspection stations set up in most cities where Uber operates. See the list of different options to get your Uber vehicle inspection done above. When you bring your car to an Uber Activation Center, they’ll inspect it at no cost and usually pretty quickly while you’re waiting. In certain areas and cities, Uber pays a cash bonus when you get your first car inspection.

What Are The Items On The Checklist?

So what are the inspectors looking for when they check your vehicle? First, they’ll ask you for the year, make and model of your vehicle. Mostly, you’ll have to turn on and off headlights, signal, honk, step on the brake, etc. The inspector will also open and close your doors, adjust your front seats and test the seat belts. The inspection itself doesn’t take more than 10-15 minutes.

This is the complete list of items they will check:

  • Lights:
    • Headlights
    • Tail lights
    • Turn indicator lights
    • Brake lights
  • Brakes and steering:
    • Brake pads/shoe thickness
    • Emergency/parking brake
    • Steering mechanism
  • Windows and other glass:
    • Windshield
    • Rear window and other glass
    • Windshield wipers
  • Seats and doors:
    • Front seat adjustment
    • Safety belts for driver and each passenger
    • Doors (open / close / lock)
  • Other items:
    • Horn
    • Speedometer
    • Bumpers
    • Muffler and exhaust system
    • Tires, including tread depth
    • Interior and exterior rear view mirrors

Pass or Fail Uber Car InspectionPass Or Fail?

What To Do When You Fail The Vehicle Inspection?

If the reason you’re not passing is minor, such as your brake light not working, they can put your car inspection on hold for the day, and pass you when you return the same day with the item(s) fixed. If you can’t get it fixed the same day, you’ll fail and have to do the inspection all over again.

Inspection Passed!

Once you have passed the vehicle inspection, you will be given an official Uber sticker which you are required to place on your windshield when you are actively picking up Uber riders.

2017 Uber Partner Car Service Requirements 

The Uber service types each have a different set of 2017 Uber Partner vehicle requirements. UberX, the basic most common Uber service accepts any 4-door car of a certain age. On the other hand, the professional Uber BLACK services accept only certain vehicles.

Uber Vehicle Requirements and Services:

UberX Vehicle Requirements

Most newer cars qualify to drive with uberX, the most popular vehicle option for riders.

Additional requirements

  • 4-door sedan in good condition
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection requirements

Cars model year 2002 or newer qualify to drive with uberX. View our list of popular models, but others may qualify.

Chevrolet – Cruze, Equinox, Impala, Malibu

Chrysler – 200, 300

Dodge – Avenger, Dart

Ford – Focus, Fusion, Edge, Escape

Honda – Accord, Civic, Element

Hyundai – Elantra, Sonata, Tucson

Kia – Optima, Sorento

Mazda – Mazda3

Mitsubishi – Lancer

Nissan – Altima, Sentra

Toyota – Corolla, Camry, Prius

Volkswagen – Jetta, Passat

Volvo – S40, S60

Source: Uber.com

 UberXL Vehicle Requirements

Seat extra passengers—and earn higher fares—with your high-capacity vehicle.

Additional requirements

  • 4-door SUV or minivan with independently opening doors
  • Seat at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection requirements

Most SUVs qualify to drive with uberXL. See our list of popular models, but others may qualify.

Chevrolet – Traverse

Chrysler – Town and Country

Dodge – Grand Caravan, Journey

Ford – Explorer, Flex

GMC – Yukon XL, Yukon XL Denali

Honda – Odyssey, Pilot

Hyundai – Santa Fe

Kia – Sedona

Mercury – Mountaineer

Mitsubishi – Outlander

Nissan – Quest

Subaru – Tribeca

Toyota – Highlander, Sienna

Volkswagen – Routan, Atlas

Source: Uber.com

UberSelect Vehicle Requirements

UberSelect is NOT available in all Uber Cities

Mid-tier luxury sedans command higher fares. See our list of eligible vehicle models, but in rare circumstances other models may qualify.

Additional requirements

  • Model year 2008 or newer
  • Leather or vinyl interior with no tears
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection requirements

Eligible vehicle models

Acura – RLX, TL, TLX, ILX

Audi – A4, A6, A7, A8, S3, S4, S6, S7, S8

BMW – 3-series, 4-series, 5-series, 6-series 7-series

Cadillac – ATS, CTS, DTS, STS, XTS

Hyundai – Genesis, Equus

Infiniti – G, I, M, Q40

Jaguar – S-Type, XF, XJ

Lexus – ES, IS, GS, LS

Lincoln – MKT, MKS, MKZ, Town Car

Mercedes-Benz – C-Class, E-Class, S-Class

Porsche – Panamera

Tesla – Model S

Volvo – S60, S80

Source: Uber.com

UberBlack Vehicle Requirements

UberBlack is NOT available in all Uber Cities

Offer luxury rides in the original Uber black car service. White gloves optional.

Additional requirements

  • Commercial insurance
  • TCP number (on front and back)
  • Model year 2013 or newer
  • Black exteriors in excellent condition
    • No noticeable dents
    • No noticeable paint scratches
    • No stickers (beyond TCP numbers)
    • No paint oxidation
    • No poorly repainted components
    • Must have emblems
  • Black leather or vinyl interiors with no tears
  • Working windows
  • Must have black leather or vinyl upholstery without tears
  • No visible stains
  • Operational A/C
  • Seats for at least 4 riders in addition to the driver
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection requirements


Audi – A6, Q7

Cadillac – XTS

Infiniti – Q70

Jaguar – XF

Mercedez Benz – E-Class

Source: Uber.com

UberSUV Vehicle Requirements

UberSUV is NOT available in all Uber Cities

Make room for the whole crew with this high-end vehicle service. Only black SUVs qualify.

Additional requirements

  • Commercial insurance
  • A TCP number
  • A model year of 2012 or newer
  • Black exteriors in excellent condition
  • Black leather or vinyl interiors with no tears
  • Seats for at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection requirements


Cadillac – Escalade ESV

Chevrolet – Suburban

GMC – Yukon XL

Infinity – QX56

Infinity – QX80

Lexus – LX

Lincoln – Navigator L

Mercedes – GL Class

Source: Uber.com

UberLUX Vehicle Requirements

UberLUX is NOT available in all Uber Cities

Only pristine high-end vehicles qualify to drive with UberLUX.

Commercially-licensed drivers may qualify to drive with the most exclusive service from Uber. UberLUX vehicles may be sedans.

Additional requirements

  • Commercial insurance
  • A TCP number
  • Model year of 2012 or newer
  • Black exteriors in excellent condition
  • Black leather or vinyl interiors with no tears
  • Seats for at least 4 riders in addition to the driver
  • Pass the Uber vehicle inspection requirements

Eligible vehicle models

Audi – A8

BMW – 7 Series

Jaguar – XJ

Lexus – LS

Mercedez Benz – S-Class

Tesla – Model S

Bentley – All 4-Door Models

Maybach – All 4-Door Models

Rolls Royce – All 4-Door Models

Source: Uber.com

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50 Most Fun Home-Based Businesses

“Working from home can be a lot of fun — if you’ve chosen the right career. There are now more options than ever when it comes to home-based businesses. And some of the opportunities might be just what you’re looking for if you want to add some more fun to your life. Below is a list of the most fun home based business ideas.

Fun Home-Based Business Ideas

Party Planner

People often need help planning events, from fundraisers to graduations. If you enjoy making plans and working with a variety of different clients, this is a job you can do mainly from home, though you may have to meet with clients at event locations from time to time.

Web Designer

There are so many possibilities when it comes to web design. You have the opportunity to work with clients from around the world and add your aesthetic and design expertise to their websites.

Facebook Page Designer

In addition, you can use your design expertise to work with clients to add some unique elements to their Facebook pages.

Home Daycare Provider

If you enjoy working with kids and having a full and exciting home environment, you can consider starting a daycare where you care for children in your own home.

Vintage Clothing Reseller

Online platforms like eBay and Etsy have made it simple to start a business selling vintage clothing and similar goods. You can shop for those items online, scour thrift stores, or just sell items you already own.

Party Clown

Being a clown for kids’ birthday parties and similar events can be a fun job if you enjoy entertaining and working with children. You’ll, of course, need to leave your home for the actual events. But you can do the booking and prep work from home.

Dance Instructor

Anyone with a background in dance and access to clients with similar interests can offer dance classes from home. You can either set up the actual studio in your home or rent a space and use your home to do the administrative work.



While it may require a dedicated studio space, you can record and release music from your home if you have the talent and drive.

YouTube Personality

There’s never a guarantee of making it big on YouTube. But you can create and post a variety of video content to the platform right from the comfort of your own home, and maybe even make enough from ads to run it as a business.

Personal Trainer

If you love fitness and sharing your knowledge with others, you can offer fitness courses or personal training sessions to clients out of your home gym or workout room.


Advertising and marketing companies are always looking for freelance copywriters to help with their creative projects. You can set up a home office and put your creative and marketing savvy to good use.

Clothing Designer

Whether you stitch intricate gowns from scratch or just design t-shirts, there are plenty of opportunities for designers to create and sell their own clothing from home.

Jewelry Maker


There are plenty of different methods and supplies you can use to create your own jewelry. You can then sell it online or even at craft shows or via wholesale.

Music Teacher

For entrepreneurs with musical talent, you might consider opening up your home to clients who want to learn a particular instrument or even take voice lessons from you.

Ebook Author

Whether you’re an aspiring novelist or you focus more on nonfiction pieces, it’s now easier than ever to compile an ebook and get it published on a variety of different online platforms.

Hot Air Balloon Operator

Though certainly not a cheap venture, and one that may require some additional property, offering balloon rides from your property can be a fun and lucrative business.

Massage Therapist

Licensed massage therapists can set up studios in their own homes to meet with clients and offer their services.

Hair Stylist

hair stylist

Likewise, hair stylists can set up a small room or section of their homes to accept appointments with clients.

Interior Designer

Anyone with a knack for style and design can offer interior design services to clients. And it isn’t a requirement to have a separate office. So you can do much of the brainstorming and administrative work from home.

Home Staging Professional

Or you could offer a more specific type of service like home staging, where you arrange furniture and other decorative elements for clients who are looking to sell or rent their homes.

Seller of Collectibles

If you have any collection of items or an interest in antiques or collectible items, you can resell those items on eBay or similar sites to build a business around them.

Social Media Consultant

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest have become popular not just for business use, but also for plenty of individuals who simply enjoy using them. You can have the best of both worlds by starting a business where you help businesses shape and carry out their social media strategies on the sites you already use.

Dog Groomer

dog groomer

Love dogs? If you have some basic supplies, you can set up a dog grooming business in your home where you’ll have the opportunity to work with plenty of different canine companions.

Pet Sitter

Or you could opt to offer your services as a pet sitter. This may require you to visit clients’ homes, but you can likely do a lot of the day-to-day work from home.

Drone Trainer

Drones are gaining a lot of popularity, both with businesses and individuals. That means there are lots of people who are looking to learn how to use them. So you can offer them lessons right from your home.

Personal Stylist

If you enjoy fashion and feel that you have a great sense of style, you might consider offering your services as a personal stylist, helping clients build their wardrobes and put together outfits.


You can build any number of different photography based businesses from your home. You can be a portrait photographer, wedding photographer, nature photographer, or basically any niche that interests you.

Gift Basket Arranger

candy basket

People buy all types of gift baskets for their loved ones or as gifts for special occasions. If you enjoy arranging baskets of food or similar items, it might be a fun home business idea to consider.

Furniture Upcycler

There are plenty of platforms and places where you can sell furniture and home décor items. You can find old pieces at flea markets or second hand stores and add your own upgrades so that you can resell them for a profit.

Bicycle Repair Professional

If you love bikes and enjoy fixing things, you could convert your garage into a workshop and offer bike repair services.


Bakers, you can buy some professional equipment and set up a commercial kitchen in your home. You can either sell your baked goods to local shops or set up a storefront online.

Jam Seller

Or if making jam or other canned goods is more of your specialty, you could consider creating your own line of those products for sale.



You could even start a catering business and make the food in your kitchen then bring it to various events for clients in your area.


Creating beautiful flower arrangements can be a fun activity for anyone with an eye for design and a love of plants. And you can turn that activity into a career by selling flower arrangements and other plants that you create in your home.


There are plenty of charities and other organizations that use events or organized campaigns as a primary fundraising method. If you enjoy organizing events or other money making opportunities, you might be able to do so by creating a home-based business.

App Designer

Designing mobile apps is a huge growing field. If you have the technical know-how, you can create your own apps from home or even offer your services to clients.

Website Designer

Website Designers like http://rare-branding.com/ this are becoming very high on demand. Businesses need websites created or recreated.

Search Engine Optimization

Many people do not realize that websites on search engines like Google or Bing did not get to the first page by accident. They were search engine optimized by companies like Acute SEO. Learning the skill for SEO can be difficult but also very rewarding.

Drive for Uber

Uber is a ride sharing company that allows people to use their own vehicles to transport passengers. You could say its like having your own taxi. Click for how you can Drive for Uber

Landscape Designer

Landscape design is another potential work-from-home career option for people who are design oriented and enjoy working outdoors on occasion.

Tie-dye Shirt Designer


Tie-dying shirts and other clothing and accessory items can be a fun activity. If it’s something you enjoy, you can sell those items online or at craft shows or similar events.

Life Coach

You can work with clients online or over the phone to offer advice and help them come up with plans for their career, relationships and other aspects of life.

Wedding Coordinator

Planning a wedding requires a lot of work and organizational skills. So many couples hire a wedding coordinator to help manage all of the various aspects of the event. You can do much of that work from home, if you enjoy organizing and working with clients.

Henna Designer

Henna is a plant that has been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes. If you’re an artist who is well versed in the Henna tradition, you can create designs and sell them or apply them at events.

Professional Blogger

Blogging is a growing career field that can encompass a variety of different niches and topic areas. If you enjoy writing, photographing and otherwise chronicling your family activities, it may even lead to a career as a professional blogger.

Glass Blower

glass blower

Glass blowing is a hobby that you can use to create everything from jewelry to home décor elements. You can sell those unique creations online, wholesale or at events.


If you have a knack for promotions and working with media, you may be able to work from home as a publicist for various clients.

Vacation Rental Owner

Do you have an extra room, apartment or space in your home that isn’t being used? If so, you could be able to turn it into a vacation rental and list it on sites like Airbnb.

Mystery Shopper

Love shopping? You can offer your services as a mystery shopper, evaluating the service and needs of various stores in your area. Though this often requires actually visiting stores, you can do much of the administrative work from home.

Yoga Instructor

yoga instructor

Yoga is hugely popular in many communities. So if you’re well versed in the practice, you may be able to set up a yoga studio in your home to share your expertise with others.

Travel Planner

Planning vacations has become much easier for individuals in recent years thanks to lots of new online tools. But companies and large groups still often need help when planning and organizing travel arrangements. So if that’s something you enjoy, you can offer your services to clients.

Bed and Breakfast Operator

If you have a large space that’s suitable for a lot of regular guests, you can consider starting a bed and breakfast to welcome travelers into your home.

Christmas Tree Farmer

You may need quite a bit of outdoor space at your home for this. But if you enjoy nature, being outside and welcoming people to your property around the holidays, then running a Christmas tree farm or lot may be a fun home based business idea for you.”

Source: https://smallbiztrends.com/2016/01/fun-home-based-business-ideas.html

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SEO – Great Home Business

“When operating any home-based business, it is vital to establish an effective Internet presence. This takes more than merely building a website. Before a customer can view a highly informative and well-coded site, the customer must reach that site. One of the best ways to achieve unique views and generate leads is to maintain the top position for a relevant search engine result. Driving business becomes much more difficult as the site decreases in its rankings.

When a search engine crawler gathers information about a site, the site owner wants that crawler to tell the search engine that that site best matches a particular set of keywords. Optimizing a site for search engine results is called search engine optimization (SEO).

If you own a home-based business and you want to optimize your own website, there are several things to keep in mind.

1. Seek professional help to optimize success

SEO is an industry in itself. Countless service providers ranging from sole proprietors to dedicated professional enterprises like http://acuteseo.com/ will ensure that a site obtains and maintains a high site ranking. Unfortunately, marketing budgets for home-based businesses are often nonexistent. Hiring a qualified expert in SEO can cost thousands of dollars. As a result, many business owners will attempt to go it alone.

This is usually a mistake. SEO requires a fine touch with respect to keyword densities and relevant content. The ideal techniques for optimizing a site for search engine results can vary between search engines; for example, different sites will respond to different keywords densities and content levels. To the crawlers, sites with too few relevant keywords appear to be irrelevant while sites with too many appear to be spammy. Hitting these narrow ranges is a job for a professional, as is structuring the site.

2. Not all “experts” are created equal

There are a variety of techniques that some SEO professionals use to improve their clients ratings. Some of these techniques can lead to short-term gains at the expense of long-term placement. Link building networks and software that can instantly produce thousands or millions of new links can raise a site to the top position quickly; usually, this is long enough for the “expert” to cash the client’s check.

However, without quality connections, the purported gains will not last. The site may actually be penalized for attempts to “bomb” the engine, reducing its ranking further than had nothing occurred. Most crawlers will look for quality links and only maintain sites with those results. Any professional organization that you choose to do business with should have a history of maintaining and optimizing successful web sites.

3. Optimized sites require maintenance

Search engines periodically change how their crawlers operate. Even without an update, SEO experts often discover new techniques to improve a site’s ranking, which can push down sites using older techniques. Additionally, site owners routinely move around content or discover that certain wording resonates with their customers more effectively, which can negate prior work or make the site effectively invisible to crawlers.

4. Target the SEO focus

The Internet is a worldwide phenomenon and anyone can look at any site from any location. Unfortunately, a homeowner in Miami is unlikely to require the services of a plumber from Seattle. For a service business targeting specific markets, optimizing the site for customers looking for relevant businesses in that location can save money and trouble. Targeting based upon location improves the relevance of the results, leading to improved rankings and a higher likelihood of greater traffic.

5. Uncommon keywords are key

Specific keywords are less competitive than generalized keywords. This will usually mean a higher success rate and an improved chance of achieving a high ranking if the site is properly optimized. Spending the same money to obtain a high ranking with a slightly less common search phrase is much more likely to drive business than spending money to achieve a second-page result for a more generic phrase.

Whether your business involves international shipping or localized services, having a website is necessary in the modern world. Any site that exists to drive business should be optimized for search engine crawlers looking for results relevant to specific search phrases. What those phrases are will vary between industries; blue-collar businesses may target searchers looking for “24 hour” service in that particular industry in that particular location, while white-collar businesses may target customers looking for “cost-effective” solutions. As with any other marketing activity, SEO requires business owners to understand their customers and their market.”

Author Bio: As a home-based business owner, writer LaGeris Underwood Bell can attest to both the importance of establishing a strong online presence and to the vital need for SEO-savvy professional help as keys to entrepreneurial success.

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