How To Become an Uber Black Driver

If you’re a driver for Uber, then you know that there are vehicle requirements set by the company. As you might expect, the higher end the service, the newer and nicer the vehicle must be.

The highest end of this is UberBLACK, Uber’s service that enables riders to choose a luxury sedan or SUV. It is significantly more expensive than UberX, XL and Plus, and is thus the highest earning market for Uber drivers.

You may hear that and think, “sign me up!” However, becoming an Uber Black driver requires a little more than simple effort. First, its drivers are required to have commercial licensing and registration, which isn’t required by any of the other Uber services. Second, the Uber Black cars must meet strict luxury requirements, which is restrictive for many drivers.

Just because it’s restrictive, though, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. If you’ve set your sights on becoming a driver with Uber Black, here’s everything you need to know to make it happen.

How To Become an Uber Black DriverWhat’s the Benefit?

While Uber Black takes a little more time and financial investment to get into, there is a definite return on investment for those willing to put in regular hours as a driver for Uber’s higher end service.

By comparing Uber Black rates to UberX (Uber’s basic service), you can see how much your earning power increases when driving a black car.

On average, with UberX, the price per mile cost is $0.40. With Uber Black, this goes up to $7.22, which is eighteen times as much. Per minute, the price goes from $.97 to $3.33, earning you three times more for your time than you’d normally make.

This is why Uber Black can be a lucrative choice, particularly for those who have already fulfilled the below requirements.

How To Become an Uber Black DriverUber Black’s Driving Requirements

Licensing and Registration

The main difference between all other Uber services and Uber Black are the commercial registration and insurance requirements. It’s similar to regular services in that you still need a vehicle inspection, driver’s license, photos of your vehicle, and a background check in order to begin driving.

A commercial driver’s license, or CDL, is different from a typical driver’s license. According to Uber’s website, “to get a CDL, a driver must demonstrate that they possess the physical ability and expertise to operate a commercial vehicle. CDL holders are held to higher standards of safety compared to the general driving public. This means that any serious traffic violations on your record could jeopardize or terminate your CDL certification.”

If you decide to get a CDL, it can take anywhere from two weeks to several months depending on the program. The cost is typically between $100 and $300. Getting a CDL requires extra training and courses, so you’ll need to be prepared to invest some time and energy into the process.

Insurance

As with personal vehicle insurance, commercial insurance protects the driver and covers liability in the event of an accident. However, commercial insurance is more expensive than typical personal insurance. The Department of Motor Vehicles explains it this way:

“You may find that commercial auto insurance companies will only sell limits that are higher than state- or federally-mandated limits. This is because insurance companies consider the everyday use of commercial vehicles to carry with it  than personal vehicle use. As a result, the legal minimum limits are often not sufficient to cover commercial liability.”

Covering those higher limits means you pay more, so this is something to take into consideration if you are thinking of pursuing qualification as an Uber Black driver.

Airport Permits

In many cities, Uber Black drivers are required to have airport permits as well. Even if it isn’t required, it may be something you want to invest in if you are an Uber Black driver.

Airports are often central to the success of an Uber Black driver. Wealthier clients want a better experience for their stay in a city, so they usually choose Uber Black over a regular service.

However, airport permits aren’t cheap, and they can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to acquire. Check with your airport to find out what’s required in order to get a permit, as some require you to take a class, or fill out large amounts of paperwork.

How To Become an Uber Black DriverUber Black’s Vehicle Requirements

One of the biggest challenges of deciding to drive for Uber Black is that there are very strict vehicle requirements. It makes sense, as riders are paying for a luxury experience when they call Uber Black. However, this can be restrictive if you don’t already own a luxury vehicle.

Uber Black vehicles must be in mint condition. They must also, as the name implies, have both a black interior and exterior. The interior must be leather or vegan leather. The vehicle must also have four independently opening doors, and comfortably seat 4+ passengers (excluding the driver).

Vehicles that qualify for UberBLACK must be newer than five years old in most markets. In some, like Atlanta, vehicles can be as old as a 2010, and in others, like Chicago, must not be older than a 2014. The following are examples of SUVs or Sedans that are acceptable, although this may vary from city to city.

  • Mercedes-Benz: E Class (Sedan) or GL-Class (SUV)
  • Lexus: GS (Sedan) or LX (SUV)
  • Infiniti: Q70 (Sedan) or QX56,QX80 (SUV)
  • GMC: Yukon XL (SUV)
  • Cadillac: XTS (Sedan) or Escalade ESV (SUV)
  • Chevrolet: Suburban (SUV)
  • Lincoln: Navigator L (SUV)
  • Jaguar: XF (Sedan)
  • Audi: A6 or A7 (Sedan)
  • BMW: 5 Series (Sedan)

How To Become an Uber Black DriverRenting to Drive

For some, one of the biggest limitations of becoming an Uber Black driver are the strict vehicle restrictions. Purchasing or leasing a new vehicle for the purpose of driving with Uber Black is a hefty investment. However, HyreCar offers easy car rentals that would enable you to rent vehicles in your area, rather than drive your own.

HyreCar enables car owners to rent out their unused vehicles to those who need them. If you, as an Uber driver, want to drive for Uber Black, there is the potential to rent one of these higher end vehicles from someone for far less than you’d spend on a new vehicle, making it possible for you to earn more with less personal investment.

Another way to drive without purchasing or leasing a luxury vehicle would be to look into whether a fleet owner exists in your area. If you possess all of the Uber Black driver qualifications, you may be able to find a fleet owner who is in search of one. However, be aware that you don’t have as much earning power as you would when renting or purchasing your own vehicle, as you are partnering with someone else.

How To Become an Uber Black DriverUber Black In Your Area

Uber Black is not offered in every city, and even if it is, there is a cap on how many Black Cars are allowed to be active on the road. By doing this, Uber ensures that prices and demand for Uber Black remain high. This makes sense, but it does mean that your ability to drive for Uber Black in your area may be restricted based on supply and demand.

If Uber is accepting new vehicles for Black and SUV service in your area, then you can apply as an Uber Black driver at anytime, assuming you have the proper credentials. If you’re familiar with the taxi medallion system, this is similar, in that accounts with Uber Black are few and far between, and those with Black accounts will sell them for a hefty price.

If you haven’t yet spent the time and money on commercial licensing and registration, make sure you check into the availability of Uber Black in your area before doing so, to avoid unnecessary hassle. You can find out by contacting Uber Support.

How To Become an Uber Black DriverVehicle Transitioning

As we’ve already mentioned, older cars do not qualify as Uber Black vehicles. This means that you may begin as an Uber Black driver with a vehicle that qualifies, but find that after a few years it is too old to fit the bill.

Uber will provide you with an expiration date of sorts; a date by which you must replace your vehicle with a newer model. They refer to this “aging out” process as transitioning, when a vehicle is reclassified as a lower cost vehicle.

If you replace your vehicle by the date provided, you will be fine to continue driving for Uber Black. However, if you wait until the date has passed, you may lose your status as an Uber Black driver, so make sure you don’t put it off!

Conclusion

When it comes to driving for Uber, Uber Black is one of the most lucrative services provided for drivers. This is appealing, but it requires quite a bit more than basic Uber services, including commercial registration and insurance, as well as a luxury vehicle in excellent condition.

If you’ve got the time and money to pursue these requirements, or perhaps even possess them already, Uber Black might be the right choice for you. As with any driving for Uber, you’ll want to make sure you track your miles and keep track of expenses for tax purposes, as you are now your own boss.

Check with Uber Support to find out if there are Uber Black slots available in your area.

By | 2018-09-28T15:37:38+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Blog, Driver|33 Comments

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  1. Gerardo November 28, 2017 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    I need a blk car

    • Reese Moulton November 29, 2017 at 1:53 am - Reply

      We would love to help you get started! Please visit driver.hyrecar.com to create an account and begin looking for available vehicles in your area.

  2. Stevie Nichols November 28, 2017 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Uber Black may very well be a good option as I want to transition from the trucking industry into a more local driving opportunity.

  3. Terrence Lumumba Mchie November 28, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Have you come to Minnesota yet?

    • Reese Moulton November 29, 2017 at 1:51 am - Reply

      No, unfortunately we are not in Minnesota quite yet.

  4. Donald C Birch November 29, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I have a Blk Kia Cadenza Luxury even better than many of those selected as uber black. Why isn’t it considered uber Blk with all the bells and whistles?
    I also would like the proper credintial. How do I get these commercial requirements?

  5. Edward Jinadu November 29, 2017 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Do I Really need to get a CDL license to drive for Uber black?

  6. Simon December 12, 2017 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Is a an Uber black position available in Springfield, MO?

  7. Nika January 5, 2018 at 4:55 am - Reply

    I need a black car

    • Reese Moulton January 5, 2018 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      We can help you get into one! Have you visited driver.hyrecar.com to see if there are any in your area?

  8. Danielle Hargrove January 15, 2018 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    Whois responsible for to maintain the car. My car has already had a window regulator out. The lady driving does no physical maintenance. She’s driving the breaks out windows messed up toll tags she has racked up making money in her pocket and we are taking care of our vehicle of course and maintaining it and seems like she is making money off of us. Who needs to pay for the breaks and etc. We made sure all was well such as oil breaks windows and etc things mess up and she leaves us responsible… she is the one driving it. She only paid 100 for a 400 toll bill which she is still racking up

    • Reese Moulton January 16, 2018 at 12:13 am - Reply

      Hi Danielle,

      The owners are responsible for the vehicle maintenance. As far as tolls/tickets – if the bills are sent to you, you will need to transfer the liability over to the driver for them pay off since it clearly was not your fault.

  9. Kathy fishel May 13, 2018 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Where can I find the required information for Uber black in Cleveland Ohio?

  10. Donald Glaspie May 20, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I have a 2017 Chevy Silverado black on black with black leather interior. The bed is covered with a black hardtop the same color as the vehicle. I am currently a Uber driver with a CDL license. Would my vehicle qualified for Uber black.

    • Aidan McKevitt May 23, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Donald! Great question. Please check the Uber Black requirements with Uber for your City and State. It varies depending on your location. If you would like to list, Please visit https://app.hyrecar.com/partner to create an account and begin listing your vehicle. If you need any assistance after you sign up, feel free to email partner@hyrecar.com or give us a call at (213) 269-5330.

  11. Edgard Del Castillo May 24, 2018 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I started a small business and I have 2 Cadillac Escalade SUV luxury 2014 Black I do not know if you would like to have my services

    • Aidan McKevitt May 24, 2018 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Hi Edgard! Please email us directly or give us a call so we can best see how to work together. Feel free to email partner@hyrecar.com or give us a call at (213) 269-5330. Thank you!

  12. Dashmesh Singh June 13, 2018 at 12:32 am - Reply

    I am uber x driver and I want register for uber black
    I already have luxury vehicle
    Please advise
    Thanks

    • Aidan McKevitt June 14, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      We would love to help you get on the road! Please visit https://app.hyrecar.com/offers to create an account and then you will be able to begin booking a vehicle. If you have any questions or need any assistance after creating an account, please email sales@hyrecar.com or give us a call at (213) 269-5330.

  13. Franco June 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    I also want to drive an Uber black but is it true that you need a commercial license? I read at http://ridesharecrew.com/blog/uber-driver-requirements that it is required

  14. Darrell August 7, 2018 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    I have a 2016 black Yukon XL with back cloth seats. Will I be denied the ability to drive for Uber black because I have black cloth seats?

    • Aidan McKevitt August 8, 2018 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Hello Darrell! We recommend checking with Uber about their requirements and your vehicle. Thank you.

  15. Mohammadreza. Mirarefi August 27, 2018 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    I have two question : 1- can I use 2017 Acadia limited(G M C) as Uber black I have registed for Uber black before can you active my aplication.

    • Aidan McKevitt August 29, 2018 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Hello, you will need to speak to Uber about your account with them. Please check with them in regards to your vehicle as well. Thank you so much and good luck!

  16. John Anthony Ogaz September 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I own my own car service in Nashville! I am licensed and have insurance.. My car is 2014 Hyundai Equus, black on black. Well kept, thinking about supplementing my income. My question is how much is required for it to be commercial insurance. One million policy or 500,000 policy? And what else do I need too do to become uber black. I have an F endorsement, that is all that is required when you drive sedan. Let me know if that is satisfactory. Thank you for your response.

    • Manny B. September 11, 2018 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Hello John! It would be best to ask these specific questions to Uber so they can best answer those questions. If you need anything else, please let us know. Thank you so much for reading our blog!

  17. BETHANY WHITEACRE October 16, 2018 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Are you in the DFW area?

  18. Kelly. Mitchell November 5, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    I have a 2014 Silverado 5.3 L 6 seats and enough room in the back of the truck to fit 20 suitcases so I would like to become a uber black because I be having six people in my car sometimes with all their family suitcases so how do I become a uber black y’all need to rewrite your cars because Texas a black truck is like a luxury car and I have had so many comments on people let me know how clean and how nice my truck is so I would like to become a uber black in Houston Texas the first Uber black Silverado LT six seater 20 suitcases in the back of the truck can you make this happen who do I need to talk to Kelly Mitchell Drive for Uber

  19. AAbdul chotar November 6, 2018 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Any account available for black uber my is s550 Mercedes 2017 miami fl

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