Uber has made it to Vancouver! The requirements to drive in BC are a little different than in most places.

For starters, drivers will need to hold at least a Class 4 restricted license in order to work with Uber. A class 4 license allows drivers to operate vehicles for hire like Taxi’s or Ubers.

Right now the details are pretty sparse, but here is what we know:

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Uber Car Requirements Vancouver

Uber has not yet released the vehicle requirements for Vancouver, below we have the standard requirements for all service types.

In order to work for a Transportation Network Services (TNS) company in BC, your vehicle must meet certain criteria.

To be a licensed Passenger Directed Vehicle driver:

  • Your car must be less than 10 years old
  • Regular vehicle inspections (annually or semi-annually)
  • Must complete a daily pre-trip inspection of vehicle

As a PDV driver it is your responsibility to maintain the safety of your vehicle. This means regular inspections and sticking with the manufactures recommended maintenance schedule.

Here are the basic vehicle requirements Uber has put in place in many other locations. We will update the actual requirements as soon as they are released.

UberX Car Requirements

  • Vehicle must be no 7 years old or newer
  • 4-door vehicle with independently opening doors
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or commercially marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • Pass a vehicle inspection by a licensed mechanic.

UberXL Vehicle Requirements

  • Vehicle must be no 7 years old or newer
  • 4-door SUV or minivan with independently opening doors
  • Seat at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or commercially marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • Pass a vehicle inspection by a licensed mechanic.

Uber Black Car Requirements

Uber Black is not yet available in Vancouver but here are the general requirements for uber black

Don’t meet the Uber car requirements in Vancouver? Don’t worry, you can probably still drive for their delivery service UberEats! Click here for the requirements and pay information for UberEats Vancouver.

Driver Requirements Uber Vancouver

Here is what we know so far:

  • 19+ years old
  • At least a BC Class 4 restricted license
  • Proof of work eligibility: Birth certificate, Citizenship card, Passport, Residency card, SIN card, or Work permit
  • Proof of vehicle registration
  • Your own vehicle insurance for while you are not on a trip
  • Clean driving record (less than 4 penalty points in the past 2 years, no serious driving convictions in the past 3 years)
  • Clean criminal background check

It is possible that will be more requirements, we will update this page as we move closer to the launch date.

Need to get your Class 4 License? Learn how to get your Class 4 license in BC and get ready for the test with our Class 4 practice test questions!

Uber Vancouver Rates and Service Types

Uber offers drivers the option of either UberX or UberXL in Vancouver. Here are the rates for each service type:


The classic economic sedan service (1-4 pax)

Base Fare: 
Per Minute: 
Per Km: 
Cancellation Fee: 
Minimum Fare: 
Wait Time Per Minute:


An economic service for larger groups (1-6. pax)

Base Fare: 
Per Minute: 
Per Km: 
Cancellation Fee: 
Minimum Fare: 
Wait Time Per Minute:

Tips, Fees, and Payment Methods

Tipping Option?

Yes passengers have the option to tip in app or in cash

Average Hourly Wage?


Surge Pricing?


Standby Rate?


Long Pick Up Fee?



Toll fees will be remitted to the driver less transponder fee

Cleaning Fee?

Depends on the incident, up to $150.

Frequency of Pay?


Want to get paid faster? Find out more information in our article on Daily Pay, Flex Pay and Instant Pay and how it works from Uber with perks like CAA and Esso Price Privileges

Uber Vancouver Fees – Commission and Booking Fee

The Uber commission fee in Vancouver has not been announced yet but a 20-35% commission can be expected



UberPool: $TBD
UberX: $TBD
UberXL: $TBD
Uber Select: $TBD
Uber Black: $TBD
Uber Black SUV: $TBD
Uber Assist: $TBD
Uber Wav: $TBD

*Booking Fee collected by Uber, not paid to driver. Commission is deducted from driver earnings. Uber commission for Uber Assist drivers is 15%.

How To Sign Up With Uber In Vancouver

  1. First, head over to the Uber website and create an account. Sign up bonuses or guaranteed earnings promotions are typically available.
  2. Download the Uber driver app. You will need to upload the following documents: Insurance, Driver’s License, Vehicle Registration and Proof of Work Eligibility.
  3. Get a vehicle inspection and upload the Safety Standards Certificate by taking a picture.
  4. After you have uploaded your documents you will need to wait for Uber to conduct their background checks and approve your account. A visit to a Greenlight Hub may be required.
  5. Once you have been approved, Uber will notify you my e-mail and in the app.
  6. When you receive your Uber decal, place it on your the passenger side of your rear windshield. After that simply open the app, tap online and wait for your first trip!
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Uber Driver Taxes

As an Uber driver, you are not an employee but are self-employed contracting with Uber. This means that you are responsible for remitting your own taxes and keep track of your expenses, just like an other business owner.

The taxes you will have to pay include CPP (Canadian Pension Plan contributions), Employment Insurance (optional), Federal and Provincial Income tax.

You should consult with an accountant who can tell you how much to save from your earnings, especially if you have another job.

HST will also be charged to the customer and passed on to you. That means that you will need keep it to pay the government. You will need to get an HST number from the CRA in order to remit the 13%.

We know this can be a bit confusing when you are starting out.

That is why we have developed a three-part tax guide to answer all your questions as well as a primer on the difference between Uber and Lyft when it comes to taxes.

Uber Vancouver Insurance Requirements

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) will provide a blanket insurance certificate to Uber and other rideshare companies operating in BC.

For drivers this means that while they are on a trip with Uber they are covered. Once drivers are no longer in trip, they are back on their own personal insurance plan.

The basic rideshare insurance plan will cover drivers up to $1 million in liability and $300,00 in accident benefits.

ICBC has also created an insurance plan for drivers using services like Turo or Outdoorsy. It is a blanket insurance policy that is purchased by the platforms and will cover the vehicle owners.

Uber Vancouver Contact Information

Uber support number: 1-800-593-7069
Support twitter: @Uber_support
Uber Help Center: Help Center

Vancouver Green Light Hub

None announced yet

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