Updated 2019 – Uber Car Requirements Chicago is a guide for those looking to drive with Uber in 2019. There are a couple basic vehicle requirements you must meet to get started. Depending on which service type you want to sign up for, there may be some extra requirements specific to that service type. 

Don’t worry, we will explain the different service types and the 2019 Chicago Uber car requirements for each category. In order to qualify for the premium and higher paying services like Uber SELECT or Uber BLACK, your vehicle must be on the list provided by Uber which you can find here

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General Uber Car Requirements Chicago

The general Uber Chicago car requirements are:

  • your vehicle must be 15 years old or newer;
  • have 4 working doors;
  • be in good condition with no cosmetic damage;
  • have no commercial branding on it;
  • pass a vehicle inspection.

Vehicle Registration Requirements in Chicago

Uber will accept either temporary or official registration documents. The vehicle does not have to be registered in your name.

Insurance Requirements in Chicago

Uber provides liability insurance for drivers but you are still required to maintain your own insurance policy. You can learn more about the insurance coverage with Uber in the US by visiting this link on their website. 

Chicago Decals Drivers are required to display the Uber decal and TNP chauffeur license on the front passenger windshield facing outward. Drivers who want to do pick ups at the airport must also include the airport decal. The airport decal should be placed on the rear passenger side of the back window facing out.

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UberX Chicago Car Requirements

UberX car example

UberX is the lowest cost vehicle service option. This is the most popular type of ride for drivers and passengers.

The UberX Chicago Car requirements are:

  • 4-door vehicle with independently opening passenger doors
  • Have 5 factory-installed seats and seat belts
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No vans, box trucks, or similar vehicles
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • No aftermarket seating modifications, such as installed seats, seat belts, or BedRyder systems

UberXL Chicago Car Requirements

UberXL Vehicle

UberXL offers the lowest cost ride for more than 4 more passengers. You will get paid more if you have a minivan, cross-over or SUV that can fit up to 6 passengers.

The UberXL Chicago Car requirements are:

  • 4-door vehicle with independently opening passenger doors
  • Have 7 factory-installed seats and seat belts
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No vans, box trucks, or similar vehicles
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • No aftermarket seating modifications, such as installed seats, seat belts, or BedRyder systems

Uber SELECT Chicago Car Requirements

Uber select car types

Uber SELECT is a mid-tier luxury car service which commands higher fares than UberX. Your car does not have to be black but must be one of the accepted models. You must also be a top rated driver with experience already on the platform.

The Uber SELECT Chicago Car requirements are:

  • Model year 2010 or newer
  • Leather or vinyl interior with no tears
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

Your vehicle must be a make and model on the accepted car list. For a complete list of Uber SELECT cars that are eligible in Chicago, you can refer to our Chicago Car List for Uber SELECT, Uber BLACK and Uber BLACK SUV drivers.

Uber BLACK Chicago Car Requirements

Uber black example car

Uber BLACK is the highest level of car service Uber offers in Chicago. It also commands the highest fares for drivers who own black sedans and meet the requirements to drive.

The Uber BLACK Chicago Car requirements are:

  • Keep a star rating of 4.85 or higher
  • 5-year-old vehicle or newer
  • Exterior: Black only
  • Interior: Black Leather or Vegan Leather only
  • Commercially Insured
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • No Cosmetic damage or missing piece pieces
  • For Uber Black: City of Chicago livery plates (4 digits followed by LY) or suburb livery plates (5 digits followed by LY)

Your vehicle must be a make and model on the accepted car list. For a complete list of Uber BLACK cars that are eligible in Chicago, you can refer to our Chicago Car List for Uber SELECT, Uber BLACK and Uber BLACK SUV drivers.

Uber BLACK SUV Chicago Car Requirements

Uber black suv vehicle example

Uber BLACK SUV is the most expensive service Uber offers. You get paid more than Uber BLACK because you can fit more passengers. Similar to Uber BLACK, you must meet strict rating requirements.

The Uber BLACK SUV Chicago Car requirements are:

  • Keep a star rating of 4.85 or higher
  • 5-year-old vehicle or newer
  • Exterior: Black only
  • Interior: Black Leather or Vegan Leather only
  • Commercially Insured
  • Seat at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
  • No Cosmetic damage or missing piece pieces
  • For Uber Black: City of Chicago livery plates (4 digits followed by LY) or suburb livery plates (5 digits followed by LY)

Your vehicle must be a make and model on the accepted car list. For a complete list of Uber BLACK SUV cars that are eligible in Chicago, you can refer to our Chicago Car List for Uber SELECT, Uber BLACK and Uber BLACK SUV drivers.

UberCab Chicago Car Requirements

UberCab example vehicle

For a vehicle to be eligible for UberCab in Chicago, it must be a registered taxicab with the Chicago BACP, be covered by commercial insurance, and feature a taxicab license plate ending in TX.

The UberCab Chicago Car requirements are:

  • All drivers must be at least 21 years old
  • Drivers age 21 or 22 must have at least three years of valid licensing history in the United States
  • Drivers age 23 and up must have at least one year of valid licensing history in the United States

UberComfort Chicago Car Requirements

Uber Comfort provides a rider with a comfortable secure ride to their destination. Vehicles offer more leg room and come with top-rated drivers.

The Uber Comfort Car requirements are:

  • Maintain eligibility on a different Uber option such as UberX, Select, UberXL, Uber Black, or Uber Black SUV
  • Have a minimum star rating of 4.85 based on at least 250 trips
  • Drive a vehicle with more legroom than smaller, compact cars eligible for UberX and that meet the minimum vehicle year requirement

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Uber Chicago Car Requirements for Uber Select and Uber Black
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