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Uber and Lyft Car Requirements

Are you wondering about the Uber and Lyft car requirements? Both Lyft and Uber requirements need to be met before you can start earning money. Learn about the Lyft and Uber requirements in California from Toyota of Downtown LA.

Uber Driver Car Requirements

There are a few Uber driver car requirements. You must:

  • Drive a 4-door car, truck, or minivan
  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Have a valid driver’s license issued in the state where you will work for Uber
  • Have insurance
  • Pass a background check
  • Have at least three years of driving experience
  • Have a clean driving record
  • Have a vehicle fit to pass an Uber inspection

You cannot drive for Uber with a:

  • Full-size van
  • Taxi or another marked vehicle
  • Crown Victoria
  • Salvaged vehicle

What year does your car have to be for Uber? UberX and UberXL drivers in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and San Francisco must have a 2004 model or newer.

Uber Car Requirements

UberX Cars must:

  • Seat at least four, not including the driver
  • Be a 4-door vehicle
  • Be a 2004 or newer

UberSELECT Cars must:

  • Be an entry-level 4-door luxury sedan with leather interior
  • Seat at least four, not including the driver

UberBLACK and UberSUV Cars must:

  • Be a sedan or full-size SUV
  • Have a black exterior and interior
  • Seat at least four passengers (sedan) or six (SUV)
  • Have commercial registration and insurance
  • Have an airport permit
  • Be a 2014 or newer

UberLUX Cars must:

  • Have commercial insurance
  • Be a 2010 or newer

Lyft Driver Requirements

Lyft car requirements in California include the need for the following documents:

  • Vehicle inspection form
  • California driver’s license
  • California vehicle insurance
  • Driver photo
  • California license plate

What are the Lyft car year requirements? You will need a 2005 or newer vehicle for:

  • Bakersfield
  • Eastern Sierras
  • Fresno
  • Inland Empire/San Bernardino
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Los Angeles
  • Modesto
  • Monterey
  • Napa & Sonoma
  • Orange County
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Stockton
  • Ventura

A 2004 or newer is required for San Francisco and Silicon Valley/San Jose. All other cities require 2003 or newer. Lyft vehicles must have 4 doors and can seat 5 to 8, including the driver.

Find Your Next Uber Vehicle from Toyota of Downtown LA!

Requirements might differ if you’re in Mission Hills instead of Cerritos or Hollywood, so it’s always best to check. When you know what you need, look to our new vehicle range for models recommended by Uber and Lyft, including the ever-popular Toyota Prius. For any further information about how old the car for Uber has to be or the Lyft car requirements, feel free to contact us.

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