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Drive With Uber in San Diego


Are you looking to drive with Uber in San Diego? Then, look no further as you have come to the right place. This post will provide you with city specific information to get you started on your journey to driving with Uber in San Diego. We will look at a couple of stages in the signup process. Please follow the steps below:


Uber in San Diego

How To Drive With Uber In San Diego

Don’t Forget the ‘Age-Factor’

Before we go on to give detailed steps to aid your decision to drive with Uber in San Diego, you must know that of the many important policies that Uber takes seriously, age is the most imperative and it varies for different cities. 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 Driver’s License
    • Drivers must have held their license for up to a year
  • 3 years driving experience
  • 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
  • Vehicle inspection form
  • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
  • All the documents above must clearly show a valid expiration date
  • BLACK and SUV vehicles must have a TCP permit
  • BLACK and SUV vehicles must also have a city-specific airport permit, when required


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

The documents collated in the previous steps are used for a background check that an intending Uber driver must agree to if they would get through the onboarding process. Here, Uber conducts thorough background and criminal checks on all intending drivers.


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 San Diego (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 2006 or newer-Uber car year requirements vary by city. It is currently year 2007 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.

Get a Qualified Vehicle

 See specific details for San Diego below:

Age Of Vehicles

  • 2006 or newer for UberX and XL
  • 2010 and newer for UberSELECT and UberSUV
  • 2012 or newer for Uber Black


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.

UberSELECTUberXLUberSUV and UberWAV are other services available in San Diego. 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.

UberSELECT is a premium service that sits between the UberX and the UberBLACK. 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). With the UberWAV – Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, Uber provides people with special disabilities the opportunity to travel with their wheelchairs.

San Diego Prices


  • Base Fare: $15
  • Per Minute: $0.40
  • Per Mile: $4.30
  • Cancellation Fee: $10
  • Service Fees: $0
  • Minimum Fare: $25


  • Base Fare: $8
  • Per Minute: $0.35
  • Per Mile: $3.55
  • Cancellation Fee: $10
  • Service Fees: $0
  • Minimum Fare: $15


  • Base Fare: $4
  • Per Minute: $0.30
  • Per Mile: $2.35
  • Cancellation Fee: $10
  • Service Fees: $1.75
  • Minimum Fare: $8.75


  • Base Fare: $2.85
  • Per Minute: $0.25
  • Per Mile: $2.25
  • Cancellation Fee: $5
  • Service Fees: $1.75
  • Minimum Fare: $7.75


  • Base Fare: $2
  • Per Minute: $0.20
  • Per Mile: $1.75
  • Cancellation Fee: $5
  • Service Fees: $1.75
  • Minimum Fare: $6.75


  • Base Fare: None
  • Per Minute: $0.15
  • Per Mile: $1.10
  • Cancellation Fee: $5
  • Service Fees: $1.75
  • Minimum Fare: $5.75


  • Base Fare: None
  • Per Minute: $0.15
  • Per Mile: $1.10
  • Cancellation Fee: $5
  • Service Fees: $1.75
  • Minimum Fare: $5.75


Nice to Know

If you want to drive with Uber in San Diego, 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 driving with Uber in San Diego. Please feel free to share your signup experience with us in the comment section



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  1. Full Car Check:
    At Car Analytics, a full vehicle history check is included in the services offered, to help ensure that the vehicle concerned hasn’t previously been scrapped and also about Car Tax status.

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