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How to Become an Uber Driver in Nigeria

 

 

Murtala Mohammed Airport

With the recent upsurge in popularity of Uber services, there are now a number of information sources which tell you exactly how you can become an Uber driver or Uber Owner/Entrepreneur. Unfortunately, most of these resources are geared towards the U.S alone, which is troublesome for those that wish to become Uber drivers in Nigeria. This particular post, like many others that this blog has featured in recent times, is aimed at making sure that no intending Uber driver or Uber partner is starved of necessary information. So if  you wish to become an Uber driver in Nigeria, rejoice! This is definitely for you.

The fact that this information is not readily available might suggest that the process would be very tedious. Fortunately, it isn’t as complicated a process as you would think. It takes just a few steps and a reasonable period of time – this post will show you how.

 

Stack of Documents

STEP 1 – Get your Documents Ready

    1. A valid driver’s license
    2. Lagos State Driver’s Institute (LASDRI) card.

Find out how to get a Lagos State Driver’s institute card at any of the following locations below:      

      • IKEJA –Old LSTC Yard,Oshodi – Apapa Expressway, Ilupeju, Lagos. Tel: 01-737-4498.
      • BADAGRY:  Lagos – Badagry Expressway,Oko Afo,Badagry. Tel: 01-738-6784.
      • IKORODU: Lagos State Ministry of Transportation Yard, Odogunyan, Ikorodu. Tel: 01-738-6783.
      • LAGOS ISLAND: Old Party Secretariat,Lagos Island. Tel: 01-738-6785.
      • EPE: Lagos State Ministry of Transportation Yard,Epe-Ikorodu Road,Epe Tel:01-738-6786.

Note – The Lagos State Driver’s institute is a driving school partnered with Uber.

  1. Commercial Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use)
    • You (driver) must be the holder, or at least a listed driver
    • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
    • Must clearly show a valid expiration date

Note-It is essential to upload very clear pictures (jpg format typically has the least issues) in which all of the numbers and information are easily visible. It is, of course, a must for the name on the documents to match your official birth name and the name you provide on the Uber signup page.

Also Note- If you do not have a car, Uber Nigeria can pair you up with an Uber Partners that only need drivers. Just go through the next couple of steps in the blog post and you should be fine.

 

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STEP 2 – Signup Online

Once you have all of these documents, the next step is to sign up through the Uber website – using our link: www.uberkit.net/signup. (You get a signup bonus if you use our link, which has our signup referral code already pre-populated). Note – the links redirect to the correct Uber URL.

 

STEP 3 – Onboarding Process

After signing up and uploading the required information, everyone who wishes to become drivers in Nigeria will need to go through an onboarding process. Uber uses this process as a means to ensure that the drivers are properly qualified and up to the standards that Uber needs to maintain for clients.

During this process, you will need to register on the Uber platform as a driver for the Uber services. You also will have to upload the prepared documents.

After this, you will be tested on all of the general knowledge that Uber drivers are expected to have. This is something that you can prepare for by asking already-employed Uber drivers for advice on what you should know for these tests. One way or the other, you will then be tested on knowledge of whatever part of Nigeria you wish to drive in. This knowledge is essential for a good driver.

After these tests, there will be a few more interviews and some onboarding sessions.

 

STEP 4 – Wait for Uber Background Checks

Uber will typically take between 2 to 4 weeks to perform their background checks. Specifically they will take the documents provided in Step 1, and do the following.

  • A Comprehensive Criminal Background Check
  • Check to see if you have a clean driving record (to be sure that your license has never been revoked  for any reason).

 

UberX

STEP 5 – Get an Uber Approved Car

It is important to note that Uber has various services which require different types of vehicles. So, you should know which service you are interested in before buying a car (if you do not have one). Some of these major requirements include the fact that the car should be no older than 8 years old (A 2008 Model is the oldest approved model year, as at 2015 for UberX). For a regular Uber X service, the vehicle must seat 4 riders comfortably.

Your car will be rejected if it has major cosmetic damage or it is salvaged (was involved in a major accident and had to be fixed with parts from other vehicles or rebuilt).

 

STEP 6 – Uber Cell Phone

Once you have completed the preceding steps, you will have an option to receive an Uber-issued cell phone which will have the Uber application installed on it to allow you  get Uber passengers. However, if you wish to use your own smartphone, that is perfectly fine.

 

Become an Uber Driver

What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Not Fit Uber Requirements

If your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle, there is no need to worry. All you need is to decide on an Uber service, find a car that meets with the requirement of that particular service, and then hit the market. What’s more is, you do not necessarily have to buy a new fancy model car – a used car that meets the requirement should do. However, many people tend to invest in a new car before becoming professional Uber drivers. This isn’t a bad idea if you have the cash, just see the “Nice to Know” section for due diligence you should probably do, if you intend to buy a car specifically for Uber. You also have the option of renting an Uber Car, through recommended Uber Rental Partners. You can find out more once you start the online registration process here: SIGNUP ONLINE.

 

Nice to Know

If you want to become an Uber partner in Nigeria, it is necessary to be aware of the fact that you will be forking over a certain amount of money to pay for fuel.

In addition to the afore-mentioned you have other costs like car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, and Uber royalties. If you are looking to do proper due diligence before acquiring a car and want to assess the profitability of Uber as a business whether as a one man business (a sole Uber driver), or as an Entrepreneur with multiple Uber cars in his/her fleet, then you might just need to check out either of our Uber Kits at the top right of the linked page:

That’s all there is to it when it comes to being an Uber driver in Nigeria. Now get to driving, and earn some money!

                                                              

92 thoughts on “How to Become an Uber Driver in Nigeria”

  1. I have an issue,I tried to sign up.but when I got to the city,it didn’t accept it.it kept saying city required.I stay in owerri,imo state.

    1. Unfortunately you cannot start an Uber business in a city where Uber has not launched. In Nigeria, Uber is only available in Lagos, as at today February 25th 2016. You should either look into launching in Lagos, or just wait for Uber to launch in your city. Uber is constantly launching/re-launching in various cities across the globe.

  2. Can i attend a new partner info session before i decide whether to start or not? if yes, do i need to register ahead of the info session or just turn up at the Uber office in Ikoyi at the specified time?

  3. good day sir/ma, am Sunday Ajah from Benue state am 26 of age, please is been long I want to register with uber Nigeria limited but I keep on having issues when every I want to register, please in the name of god can you send me how to go on it

  4. Good day, please how do I become an Uber Partner/Owner? Because your post only spread it’s wings over becoming a driver. Thank You.

  5. Dear sir/madam,
    Top of the day to you, I want to be a uber driver and I have register online, please how can I book a date for a season, kindly assist me with on how to go about it. My number is 080620647**.

  6. Top of d day to you,I want to book for a session to b e a driver and it’s my 1st time and I was told ur office is at lekki but d options am seeing there is abuja, ilupeju, pls do you have an office at ilupeju or I shd just go to lekki?

    1. Hello Dele, we are Uberkit NOT Uber. That being said, i would suggest you visit ubernigeria.com/calendar to make a booking.

      Kunle

  7. Great day,please I went for uber test,and after the test,I thought I will be called to knoW if I passed or not.some months later I was sent a msg thet went like these: “UBER: Hi egwuchukwu,(my Surname)we have noticed your vehicle is not yet active. Upload just your vehicle inspection report to activate your car and start earning” Please I don’t have a job now,please help me out please.

    1. All you need to do is upload your vehicle inspection report to activate your car. Your employment status is not relevant

      Kunle

  8. Hi, pls do I need to have both Lagos state drivers institute permit & FRSC drivers licence before applying as an uber driver ? Because I only have the FRSC valid drivers licence .

  9. Pls how can I Upload my drivers license before booking,because that’s what am told to do in the msg sent to me by uber.

  10. I already have an uber account,i try to sign in and upload my drivers license but i can’t sign,what am i going to do next?

    1. Sorry for the late response, we have been catching up on our emails. We are uberkit.net (not Uber), a service for people trying to grow their uber business.
      Per your question, I think your best bet is to go into your local Uber office and make your issue known.
      a) Uber Customer Service
      Uber generally does not give out phone numbers, we have a blog post below. Look within the table (in the blog post), and search for your city, to find the contact information (we have some addresses too) for your particular city.
      http://www.uberkit.net/blog/uber-customer-service/
      If you don’t find your city information, Visit the global Uber support –help@uber.com asking them to provide the address for your local office.

      Kunle

  11. i want to ask a question,what if the person have not done any driving work but can drive will uber accept him.

  12. pls am ademu o james, i have filled all the necessary things i was told to do, i dnt know how i will book for the uber test, i actually apply for uber driver

  13. good morning my names are samuel uche ikenwe i completed the test already and i was ask to do a screening test online and book an appointment.please how do i go about it.

  14. K by name from USA …am one of f uber associate here i work with UBER i just bought 2 2010 cars and ship it to nigeria to do uber business i not driving for uber i just wanna drop d boths cars for uber to get a drivers for them ….to register with uber in nigeria ….i understand ..cos i dont hv nigeria license to do the register i only hv US license and i hv uber account right here also pls how can i go about this cos i wanna register d both cars to uber why i live here thanks

    1. For Entrepreneurs trying to start/grow their fleet of Uber cars we have analyzed both businesses (uberX and UberBlack), and provide validated information helpful, if you want start/grow your business.
      • Go here to download our kits
      1. http://www.uberkit.net (uberX)
      Click the Product details link at the top of the page for specifics on what is included in this kit – http://www.uberkit.net/me/#pricing-table

      2. http://www.uberkit.net/me/uberblack.php (uber Black)
      Click the Product details link at the top of the page for specifics on what is included in this kit –
      http://www.uberkit.net/me/uberblack.php#pricing-table

      Goodluck,
      Kunle for Uberkit.net Support

  15. Gudday sir, pls sir, I can drive bt NT used 2 d road in Lagos, can I still apply as a driver? I am currently based in lag

        1. Hello Gbenga,

          We don’t give contact numbers, all you need do is send us an email we’ll be glad to assist you per your questions or inquires. Shot us an email (inquiries@uberkit.net)

          Best Regards,

          Joseph for uberkit.net support.

  16. Nice work guys! I would like to know if I can use my temporal licence (paper) and the LASDRI card to apply? My main licence will be ready in 3months.

    1. Hello Sami,

      Yes you can use your temporary licence to signup for uber.

      Goodluck!

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

  17. Good day,
    Please, I would like to know the specific age requirement and the years of driving experience needed to enroll as an uber driver in Lagos state Nigeria.

    1. Hello Segun,

      you must be 21 years of age to be able drive for uber. A minimum of three years driving experience is mandatory.

      For other helpful information on Uber, go here and visit our blog – http://www.uberkit.net/blog

      Goodluck!

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

  18. Hello, I want to apply as an Uber Cab Driver in Lagos. Have a driving experience of 3 years requested and I’m currently processing my drivers license. I want to enquire about, registration without your personal vehicle how do I go about it as I hope this shouldn’t be a major problem hindering my application. Would be waiting your reply, Thanks.

    1. Hello Damola,

      Use this link to sign up for uber – (www.uberkit.net/signup) if you don’t have a car, when creating your account, select that you need a car, once you’re approved visit a local uber office in your city and apply for lease to get a car.

      You can also visit your local uber office for more information about uber in your city.

      For other helpful & Free information on Uber, go here and visit our blog – http://www.uberkit.net/blog

      Goodluck!

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

    1. Hello Osagie,

      Uber is not available in Porthacourt, Rivers state.

      Best Regards.

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

  19. I want to be an uber driver but I don’t know how to drive ,if I go to driving sch will I be able to get the job ,what I mean is that is it not necessary for years driving experience ?

    1. Hello Ola,

      You need upto a year driving experience to be able to drive with uber, and you need to know the route of your city to be able to navigate.

      Goodluck!

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

  20. hello i have registered and when i try to login its telling me on boarding and i see that weekly earning area has been created but when i registered i said i dont have a car i was hoping that uber will contact me on whether i should go to their office for further instruction on how to get a car but up till now i have heard nothing please what should i do?

    1. Hello Adams.

      You have to visit your local uber office to apply for a lease to get a car, you should have indicated you needed a car when signing up there is a section for that when creating your drivers account.

      Goodluck!

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

    1. Hello Hounto,

      You have to visit your local office to request for a lease to get a car.

      Goodluck!

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

    1. Hello Adebosin,

      Yes it’s mandatory for all cars to have a functioning AC.

      Best Regards,
      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

  21. Hello am lawal and am a fresh graduate i want to be an uber driver but i dont have a car is there a way out on that and if there is how??

  22. good day,i just want to confirm if there is room for those people that cannot afford a car?cos someone like me have much interest with uber and i can’t afford a car at this time.

    1. Hello Oladipupo,

      Sorry for the late responds, yes you can drive with uber without owning a car. use this link to sign up for uber – (www.uberkit.net/signup) if you don’t have a car when creating your account, select that you need a car, once you’re approved visit a local uber office in your city and apply for lease to get a car.

      Minimum driver requirements

      Requirements vary by city, but there are a few minimum requirements:

      1. Have a valid driving license
      2. You have to be a minimum of 21 years of age
      3. Have up to 1 year driving experience 4. Know your city routes.
      4. Pass the background check.

      After these three steps you are good to go.

      Uber customer support in your city

      Uber generally does not give out phone numbers; we have a blog post below. Look within the table (in the blog post), and search for your city, to find the contact information for your particular city.

      http://www.uberkit.net/blog/uber-customer-service/

      You can also visit your local uber office for more information about uber in your city.

      For other helpful & free information on Uber, go here and visit our blog – http://www.uberkit.net/blog

      Good luck!

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

  23. I am trying to register as a partner on uber. I have uploaded all the necessary documents. The documents were accepted except the driver’s license which it says does not match with the other documents. The car document is registered in the company’s name. The Drivers license cannot be registered in a company’s name but an individual name. Kindly review my complaints and provide the solution to enable me complete the registration process.

    1. Hello Belle,

      You need to visit your local uber office for assistance, they are in better position to assist you.

      Good Luck!

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

    1. Hello Abu,

      Use this link to sign up to become an uber driver – (http://www.uberkit.net/signup) if you don’t have a vehicle when signing up you will see popup asking you if have a vehicle or not, select i need a vehicle. After your account have been approved you need to visit your local uber office to request for a vehicle.

      Minimum driver requirements

      Requirements vary by city, but there are a few minimum requirements:

      1. Have a valid driving license.

      2. You have to be a minimum of 21 years of age.

      3. Have up to 1 year driving experience.

      4. Know your city routes.

      Process of registration.

      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.

      Uber customer support in your city

      Uber generally does not give out phone numbers; we have a blog post below. Look within the table (in the blog post), and search for your city, to find the contact information for your particular city.

      http://www.uberkit.net/blog/uber-customer-service/

      You can also visit your local uber office for more information about uber in your city.

      For other helpful & free information on Uber, go here and visit our blog – http://www.uberkit.net/blog

      Good luck!

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

    1. Hello Mitchel,

      You will need to visit uber Greenlight Hub in your city to book an appointment for your interview/ training.

      Good Luck!

      Joseph for uberkit.net support.

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