How to Become an Uber Driver in the UK (2024)

How to Become an Uber Driver in the UK (2024)

Are you thinking about becoming an Uber driver? Driving for private hire passengers is a tempting alternative to a regular 9 to 5. 

Working to a flexible schedule can be a lucrative career, or a handy side hustle to make some extra cash. But how do you get started?

Read on as we explore the ins and outs of becoming an Uber driver in 2024. 

Become an Uber driver – where to start

Other articles will tell you the best place to start is by downloading the Uber app. We will get to that, however, most importantly you’ll need to ensure you and your vehicle meet Uber’s requirements first. 

Uber driver requirements

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Hold a valid full UK driving licence
  • At least 1 year of driving experience
  • A bank account in your name, or the name of the business you’re an owner of
  • Have a private hire licence if required by your local authority

Uber driver vehicle requirements

  • Model age must be in line with local licensing requirements
  • 4-door car or minivan
  • Be in good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No commercial branding
  • Licensed to carry a minimum of 4 passengers

Vehicles in London must meet stricter environmental standards, like being Zero Emission Capable (ZEC). You can read more about this here. 

You can still sign up to drive for Uber even if you don’t currently have a vehicle that meets the UK requirements right now. 

Getting a Private Hire licence

All drivers wanting to become an Uber or UK private hire taxi driver will need a licence issued by their local authority.

You can search for and find your local authority here

You’ll need to fill out an application and provide them with some basic information such as proof of ID and the bank account you intend to use for payments. 

You’ll need to provide your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. This document shows whether or not you have a criminal record and is required by Uber. The certificate is obtained through First Advantage Group, and must be renewed annually. 

Once you have applied, the certificate may take a couple of weeks to come through. 

Signing up to the Uber driver app

Start by signing up for Uber. The process is easy and starts with downloading the driver app. 

You can download it here

You’ll need your driver’s licence and vehicle registration (number plate). You may also need additional documentation if required by your city. 

uber driver holding smartphone in car

What documents do Uber need?

For your account to be completed, Uber requires you to upload certain documents. 

These are:

Proof of ID

This can be a passport or your driver’s licence

DVLA driving licence

You must submit a full-colour image of your licence. Uber will not accept a photocopy, printed copy or black-and-white image. All details must be clear and legible in your photograph.

Bank statement

Uber requires proof of a bank account to pay you. It needs to be in your name or the name of a business you’re the owner of. All details including your name, address and issue date and IBAN Number must be visible.

Private Hire Driver Licence/PCO Licence

Uber requires an original colour image of your PCO Licence. Like the driver’s licence, Uber won’t accept a printout, a photocopy or a black-and-white image. 

Most importantly the PCO Licence needs to be in date. You must make sure your name and address match your driving licence. 

DVLA Electronic Counterpart Check Code

This is so Uber can check your driving record against the DVLA. Visit the DVLA website and enter the details when asked. From there you can share your licence information – Uber has some helpful instructions here

Profile photo

All Uber drivers need an approved picture on their driver account. This will be taken by a member of the Greenlight Hub team for you. 

Uber also requires vehicle documents such as a private hire insurance certificate, MOT certificate and vehicle log book. 

Fortunately, with INSHUR this is all taken care of, as we will upload all documents for you via InstaDoc.  

Maintaining your Uber driver rating

Being an Uber driver isn’t just about getting your passengers from A to B. Passengers expect great customer service, and will rate their experience with you accordingly. 

Your rating is an average of the last 500 trips you made, therefore to begin with, your rating will fluctuate as you build experience. But there are some easy tips to help get those 5-star ratings:

  • Help passengers with bags/luggage
  • Treat your passengers with respect
  • Keep your car clean and tidy and free of smells
  • Consider offering extras like phone charging, sweets, bottled water

The best Uber drivers can maximise their earnings in future by working for Uber Lux and Uber Exec. This is Uber’s luxury offering and requires more from drivers than Uber X. Learn more about both with our guide to Uber Lux and Uber Exec.

Being an Uber driver – the Pros

Easy to get started

Sign up via the Uber app, follow their instructions and get set up quickly. 

Use your vehicle

As long as it meets Uber requirements, you can use your own vehicle for Uber. 

Work to your schedule

Work as often or as little as you like. You can make this your full-time or part-time job, there are no limitations. 

Earn more with surge pricing

Surge pricing means you earn more during peak periods, like rush hour. 

Keep 100% of your tips

Uber never takes a cut from tips, meaning you keep 100%. 

Meet new people

Becoming an Uber driver is great if you’re a people person. Meet new passengers and get chatting (if appropriate!).

Being an Uber driver – the Cons

Solo working

You’ll be on the road for long periods, so connect with other drivers to share experiences and stories!

Driver competition

Uber has recently seen a rise in driver sign-ups, but demand for rides is still high! However competition is tough, and Uber isn’t the only ridesharing app out there. 

User reviews

Your driver rating is calculated by rider reviews, meaning bad reviews can bring your rating down. Uber works hard to combat unfair reviews, for instance in circumstances outside your control.  


Uber drivers are self-employed, therefore expenses such as fuel are your responsibility to cover. This also includes maintenance on your vehicle, like touching up cosmetic damage, car washes and valet services. 

Insurance for Uber Drivers

It’s important (and a legal requirement!) to protect yourself with private hire taxi insurance as an Uber driver.

INSHUR was created for drivers to make getting insurance as easy as accepting a ride. 

Simply create an account, get a free personalised quote, and you can be protected in minutes. 100% online, hassle-free insurance policies straight from your phone. 


Becoming an Uber driver has never been easier, and with so many people looking to drop their 9 to 5, Uber is a popular alternative. 

We hope this guide has helped explain the process of becoming an Uber driver, from sign up to taking your first passenger. 

Always keep safe, wear your seatbelt, and make sure you have the right insurance to protect you and your fellow drivers. 


Who do you insure?

We insure private hire drivers in the UK who meet the following criteria:

  • Over 23 years old
  • Have a full UK driving licence and a valid private hire licence
  • Vehicles with up to 8 passenger seats
  • Your vehicle is less than 20 years old

How do I get a quote?

All our quotes are provided online.

Simply click here, sign up and follow the easy steps. It only takes a matter of minutes and you will receive your quote instantly.

What levels of cover do you offer?

INSHUR offers third-party only and comprehensive cover. 

We also offer flexible 30-day policies, or annual coverage. 

Get more answers to frequently asked questions on our Helpdesk.

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