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How to Become an Uber Black Driver



If you are thinking of becoming an Uber Black driver, this post is for you, if you would like to become an UberX driver go here. Uber BLACK is an Uber service  driven by professional chauffeurs in luxury cars. The fare that you receive from passengers is generally about twice the fare that an UberX driver would receive: Uber black drivers also generally make a lot more than their UberX counterparts.

To become an uber black driver, there are a number of requirements that need to be fulfilled and steps that need to be taken. We will discuss them below.


Requirements for the driver:


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Ready Your Documents

You need to have the following documents ready:

  1. Your Commercial Driver’s license
  2. Your airport permits (livery licenses) – not required in some cities. If needed you will need one in each city where you want to make drop offs.
  3. Proof of insurance for your business
  4. W-9 documents (in the US) other business registration documents containing tax number (for cities outside the US)
  5. Commercial Vehicle insurance (if you already have an approved Uber black car)
  6. Vehicle Registration documents  (if you already have an approved Uber black car)
  7. City Sticker (for livery cars, if required in your city)

 The investment that you will need to make in order to obtain commercial licensing as well as insurance is typically high, which is why I would suggest the Uber BLACK service only for those that wish to become a driver full time and for a long period of time. If you just want to supplement your income, then you might just want to sign up for UberX (If you would like to become an UberX driver go here).

If you are completely new to driving, I would recommend starting out with UberX and then moving on to Uber BLACK when you get the hang of things. This will also help you decide whether you are sure that you want to commit to this job before you invest a lot of money into setting it up.


Sign up

As far as signing up is concerned, the process is not in any way different from the method that you use to become an UberX driver. You simply create an account on the Uber website (go here, we redirect you to a custom link with our referral code, please use it) and provide all of the information and documents that you are told to provide (as listed previously). Usually, new applicants are required to send the side, front and back pictures of the vehicle that they intend to use. You may later be formally interviewed. A background check will be performed to ensure that your criminal and driving records are clean, and this takes about 2 weeks (in the US) and in some places up to 8 weeks (in South Africa).


Uber Car Requirements

Car Requirements

Uber black cars need to have an all black exterior with black, grey or beige leather interior.Whatever type of car you pick, it generally needs to be a model from the year 2012 or newer (3 years old or newer). The type of qualifying SUVs for uber black include the Cadillac Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, Infiniti QX56, Lexus LX, Lincoln Navigator L and Mercedes-Benz GL-class.The qualifying sedans for Uber black include the Audi A6 and A7, the BMW 5 series, Cadillac XTS, Infiniti Q70, Jaguar XF, Lexus GS and Mercedes-Benz E-class. You can check the list here for an analysis of Uber Black cars and what we recommend.


Nice to Know

Other Things You Should Know

If you wish to be a long term Uber BLACK driver, another thing that you need to know about is vehicle transitioning. Eventually, your vehicle will quickly become too old for Uber BLACK (over 3 years in most cities). After the vehicle becomes too old for Uber Black, it no longer qualifies as an Uber BLACK car, and it is re-classified as a lower-cost service. In this situation, the two options you have is to either replace your car with a newer one in order to keep your status as an Uber BLACK driver, or you can choose to go for a lower earning service with the same vehicle. If you choose to replace your car, you will need to do this before the date provided by Uber. If you take too long, you will no longer be considered an Uber BLACK driver.

  • If you do not wish to purchase a car outright, there is always the option to go for a leasing service like the one Uber itself provides, or one by a  different company such as Breeze (see our post on leasing and renting for Uber).
  • Renting is another option, although you would need to drive through the Uber account of the owner of the car in this case.  (see our post on leasing and renting for Uber).
  • Uber BLACK driver are generally recommended to be formally dressed, since it is the higher end service of Uber.



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19 thoughts on “How to Become an Uber Black Driver”

  1. Who knew that there were so many requirements for becoming a black car driver. Still, if I were to drive an Uber car I would probably want to drive a luxury vehicle. I imagine that the tips are much better.

  2. I have over 1500 rides with a rating of 4.92 driving for Uber since last November. I drive a 2016 Jeep Cherokee that is black with a black interior. I also have commercial insurance through GEICO. That seems to qualify me to be an Uber Black SUV driver. I live in Omaha, Nebraska and need to know what has to happen to become a Black SUV driver. Thanks for your time.

      1. Hello Habib,

        These steps will guide you;

        First you need to signup, use this link to sign up to become an uber partner.


        Step 1 – Complete an application form

        You need to provide your personal information so that Uber can perform a background check.

        You need to provide vehicle information and pictures (front & rear bumper and interior).

        Finally it will be required that you upload driver’s license, car registration, and insurance.

        Step 2 – Get your car inspected.

        Step 3 – Pass the background check.

        After these three steps you are good to go.

        For other helpful & free information on Uber, go here and visit our blog, you can also visit your local uber office for more information about uber in your city.


        Good luck!

        Joseph for uberkit.net support.

    1. Hello WK,
      there are no specific category of CDl for uberblack or uberSUV, all you need is a commercial drivers licence for Chicago. visit any local CDl driving school for inquires.

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

  3. I am professional chauffeur with a reputed company called Emirates and now would like to driver uber black in mumbai..if anybody interested to hire me as a chauffeur for the Uber black so please do contact me on my cell ..9222119726 with the E mail Email asgkhan@gmail.com.Thanks..

    1. Hello Franco,

      There is no official list the list changes over time, each country have different requirement for uber. IF you have any questions concerning uber in your city you can shot us an email “inquiries@uberkit.net” or you can visit your local uber office for inquires.


      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

  4. hi i recently moved to florida from the uk i have had a valid driver license there since 1988 but only got my us license last year,can i still become an uber black driver??

    1. Hello Brian,

      I just sent you an email on how to become an uberBlack driver.

      Good Luck!

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

    1. Hello Sako,

      You don’t need to create a new account for uberBlack, just visit your local uber office and ask for your account to be upgraded. You will need to upload all the necessary documents needed for uberBlack.

      Best Regards,

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

  5. I’m a highly classy, professional, experienced, educated woman and in job transition and was told I would be perfect to do this in the mean time however, seriously I have been informed I have to have a black car from what I just read?? Lol. I have a luxury high class E3500 4 door sport Mercedes with white exterior and tan leather interior. Uber is not in the position to rule out classy professional people to drive for customers with all the massive complaints in the media of customer complaints and sexual violations. Something very wrong with management there. Looks like I’ll be looking into the Lyft Company.

    1. Hello Sara,

      You can change the color of your car to black. Uber is still the leading rideshare company, you stand better chance of making more money with uber than other rideshare companies.

      Best Regards,
      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

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