The transport system in Mexico is plagued with issues surrounding a general lack of safety for passengers. Uber launched in Mexico in 2013 and presented passengers with a welcome alternative to regular cabs in the city.
With the increase in demand for Uber services worldwide, there exists a number of information sources which explain how you can become an Uber driver or Uber Owner/Entrepreneur. Unfortunately, most of these resources are focused on the U.S alone, which is troublesome for those that wish to Drive With Uber In Mexico. This particular post is aimed at making sure that no intending Uber driver or Uber partner is deprived of necessary information. This post will provide a step to step guide to help you reach your goal of becoming a driver with Uber in Mexico.
How To Become An Uber Driver In Mexico
Don’t Forget the ‘Age-Factor’
Before we go on to give detailed steps to aid your decision to drive with Uber in Mexico, you must know that of the many important policies that Uber takes seriously, age is the most imperative and it varies for different cities. To be a driver with Uber in Mexico, you need to be at least 21 years old. If you meet this requirement, you can go on to follow the steps below:
STEP 1 – Ready Your Documents
- A photo of you (a clear headshot)
- A valid driver’s license
- Vehicle registration documents
- Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use. Level of Insurance coverage depends on the type of Uber service you select)
- Airport permit
- Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
- All the documents above must clearly show a valid expiration date
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 – Wait for Results of Tests
In places like Mexico, conducting comprehensive background checks are almost impossible. To ensure safety of passengers, Uber employs the following methods:
- Uber devised a means of screening drivers using psychometric systems. The drivers are quizzed on various scenarios to determine how they will respond in certain situations.
- Drug tests are also administered to drivers to eliminate drug users as drivers
- When possible, Criminal Background Checks are also conducted.
STEP 4 – Get an Uber Approved Car
Note-if you are a driver looking to work for an existing Uber partner, ignore this section and skip to STEP-5
As for the vehicle to use, you need to make sure it fits the car requirements specifically for Uber drivers in Mexico (or your specific city). Note – Uber has various services, so you should know which service you are interested in before buying a car (if you do not have one). See the section below on “Selecting an Uber Service” for more information on that. You can also check our list on Uber Car Requirements: 580 UberX Cars Analyzed for a list of some approved cars. Some of these requirements include the fact that the car year is 2001 or newer-Uber car year requirements vary by city. It is currently year 2001 or newer in many cities. The car should also have no major cosmetic damage. Salvaged or rebuilt vehicles cannot be used, and full-size vans or marked vehicles such as taxis are a no-no as well. Also, note, whatever vehicle you get it will have to go through an Uber approved Vehicle inspection.
STEP 5 –Interview
Once you have completed the preceding steps, you will be able to go in to the Uber office for an interview, for which you should make sure you have sufficient street and route knowledge regarding your area/city. You should be dressed professionally for this interview.
If you pass the interview, you will be invited for a training session at a specific date, after which your vehicle’s documents will be checked, and you will officially become an Uber driver and/or Uber partner.
You will also receive an Uber-issued cell phone which will have the Uber application installed on it to allow you to get clients. However, if you wish to use your own smartphone, it is perfectly fine to return the cell phone.
What to do if your vehicle does not fit Uber requirements
Keep in mind, there is no need to give up, if your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle—in fact, many people tend to invest in a new car before becoming professional Uber drivers.
However, I would recommend not going overboard when you are purchasing a new car to be used as an Uber vehicle. It is a good idea to select an average but sturdy car that is not a particularly new or fancy model but fits Uber’s car requirements. Note – See the “Nice to Know” section for due diligence you should probably do, before buying a car specifically for Uber.
Selecting an Uber Service
UberX is the mid-tier cost Uber service, and it also gets the most patronage from Uber passengers across the globe for this reason. This is the category I would recommend starting out with. UberBLACK is a little more expensive, as you need to have a black and slightly more polished vehicle. This earns a little more money than UberX, and is a good option for people that want to earn a little more per client.
UberPOOL, UberXL and UberSUV are other services available in Mexico. The UberPOOL service allows Uber riders going in the same destination to share a ride with one another. In that way riders can split the fare, paying lesser for quality service.
UberXL is the 6 passenger version of UberX. It is dominated by inexpensive but nice vehicles that can carry more passengers than the UberX. You can say it is the larger version of the UberX service. Riders who request this service would typically be picked up in vehicles like these : Honda pilot, Toyota Sienna, Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Dodge Gran.
UberSUV as well is the 6 passenger version of UberBLACK. With this service, riders should expect to be picked up by professionally trained drivers in top-end vehicles like the Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class or Chevrolet Suburban (just to name a few).
UberX-Base fare: Mex $ 7
Cost per min:: Mex $ 1.80
Cost per km: Mex $ 3.10
Service fee: Mex $ 0
Cancellation fee: Mex $ 35
UberXL– Base fare: Mex $ 12.25
Cost per min:: Mex $ 3.15
Cost per km: Mex $ 5.45
Service fee: Mex $ 0
Cancellation fee: Mex $ 60
UberBLACK-Base fare: Mex $ 30
Cost per min:: Mex $ 3.5
Cost per km: Mex $ 8.2
Service fee: Mex $ 0
Cancellation fee: Mex $ 100
UberSUV-Base fare: Mex $ 40
Cost per min:: Mex $ 4
Cost per km: Mex $ 13.12
Service fee: Mex $ 0
Cancellation fee: Mex $ 150
Nice to Know
If you want to drive with Uber in Mexico, you have to bear in mind that you will be utilizing a certain amount of money to pay for fuel and other maintenance related expenses.
In addition to the afore-mentioned, you have other costs like car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, and Uber royalties. If you want to assess the profitability of Uber – whether as a one man business (a sole Uber driver); or as an Entrepreneur with multiple Uber cars in his/her fleet, then you need to download either of our Uber Kits at the top right corner of the pages below:
That’s all there is to becoming an Uber driver in Mexico. Please feel free to share your signup experience with us in comment section
Other Interesting Uber Related Posts
For our blog posts on some of Uber’s Services, see the links below:
- How Much Do Uber Drivers Make?
- Top Car Leasing Programs for an Uber Driver
- How to Find the Highest UberX Fares
- How to Become an Uber Driver
- Uber Customer Service
For other popular posts you might be interested in, check the links below:
- An Introduction to Different Uber Services
- Uber Insurance Issues and Commercial Insurance
- Uber Car Requirements: 420 Uber Black Cars Analyzed.
- Uber Car Requirements: 90 Uber SUV Vehicles Analyzed.
- Uber Car Requirements: 580 UberX Cars Analyzed.
- Uber Car Requirements: 115 UberXL Cars Analyzed.