Uber Los Angeles Car Requirements for Uber Black and Select Drivers

Updated 2019 – Uber Car Requirements Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles

The general Uber Los Angeles 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;
  • be registered in California;
  • valid vehicle insurance;
  • pass a vehicle inspection.

Cosmetic guidelines

Some cosmetic features may prevent vehicles from qualifying. These include:

  • Full-body wraps containing advertisements, or any large ads
  • Holes in exterior
  • Taxi decals or taxi-style paint
  • Significant damage to interior (torn seats, large permanent stains, strong permanent odors)
  • Paint Oxidation
  • Different colored hoods/doors
  • Aftermarket modifications
  • Window tinting must be within acceptable CA regulations.

Uber Vehicle Registration Requirements in Los Angeles

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

Insurance Requirements in Los Angeles

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. 

Los Angeles Decals: Drivers in LA are required to display their rideshare decals while working with the service. An Uber logo decal must be placed on your front passenger windshield and rear passenger windshield facing outward. If you plan on picking up or dropping off at the airport you must also display the airport decal under the Uber decal in your front windshield.

Uber passenger getting into an Uber Drivers vehicle

UberX Los Angeles Car Requirements

Uber X Los Angeles car example

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

The UberX Los Angeles 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
  • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state of California

UberXL Los Angeles Car Requirements

Uber Xl car example

UberXL Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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
  • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state of California

SELECT Los Angeles Car Requirements

Uber select luxury vehicle example in Los Angeles

Uber SELECT Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles car requirements are:

  • Model year 2009 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
  • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state of California

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 Los Angeles, you can refer to our Los Angeles Car List for Uber SELECT, Uber BLACK, Uber BLACK SUV and Uber LUX drivers.

BLACK Los Angeles Car Requirements

Uber Black Los Angeles car example

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

The Uber BLACK Los Angeles Car requirements are:

  • Keep a star rating of 4.85 or higher
  • 5-year-old vehicle or newer
  • Commercial insurance
  • TCP number (on front and back)
  • Black exterior in excellent condition
  • Black leather interior with no tears
  • Working windows
  • No visible stains
  • Operational A/C
  • Seats for at least 4 riders in addition to the driver
  • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state of California

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 Los Angeles, you can refer to our Los Angeles Car List for Uber SELECT, Uber BLACK, Uber BLACK SUV and Uber LUX drivers.

NOTE: Uber is currently not accepting Uber Black applications at this time in LA

BLACK SUV Los Angeles Car Requirements

Uber Black SUV example vehicle for Los Angeles

Uber BLACK SUV Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles Car requirements are:

  • Keep a star rating of 4.85 or higher
  • 5-year-old vehicle or newer
  • Commercial insurance
  • TCP number
  • Black exterior in excellent condition
  • Black leather interior with no tears
  • Seats for at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state of California

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 Los Angeles, you can refer to our Los Angeles Car List for Uber SELECT, Uber BLACK, Uber BLACK SUV and Uber LUX drivers.

NOTE: Uber is currently not accepting Uber Black applications at this time in LA

Lux Los Angeles Car Requirements

uber lux icon

Uber Lux Los Angeles is the most expensive service Uber offers. This service is for high-end cars, like Rolls Royce or Jaguar models.

The Uber Lux Los Angeles Car requirements are:

  • Commercial insurance
  • TCP number
  • Model year of 2012 or newer
  • Black exteriors in excellent condition
  • Black leather or vinyl interiors with no tears
  • Seats for at least 4 riders in addition to the driver
  • Vehicle must be registered and insured in the state of California

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 Los Angeles, you can refer to our Los Angeles Car List for Uber SELECT, Uber BLACK, Uber BLACK SUV and Uber LUX drivers.

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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