How to drive for Uber in Adelaide

Everything you'll need to start earning as an Uber driver.

The first thing you need to know

There are different types of Uber driving, each of which has different driver and car requirements. You can earn more as one of the more selective Uber drivers, but might need to work your way up to it, and may need a different type of vehicle.

But no matter what kind of Uber driving you do in Adelaide and South Australia, there are also basic driver and vehicle requirements to meet first.

The requirements for all Uber drivers in Adelaide

All applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be driving an Uber-approved vehicle
  • Hold a full, non-provisional, SA driver's licence
  • Have held a full driver's licence least 12 months
  • Be driving a vehicle insured for property damage liability. This means having either comprehensive or third party property car insurance. Your name, vehicle make and registration, policy expiration and type of cover must be visible on the document. Note that UberBLACK vehicles in particular must be commercially insured.
  • Pass a driving history check.
  • Complete a vehicle inspection at a registered Uber inspection site. You will receive details on how to reserve an inspection time when you reach this application stage.

Driver document checklist

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    • A valid, full SA driver's licence
    • Your passport or birth certificate
    • Proof of vehicle insurance


The vehicle requirements for each type of Uber driving

Before getting started, your car will need to meet some basic requirements. The vehicle requirements are stricter for certain types of Uber driving. It's important to make sure you meet these basic vehicle requirements before you start the application process.

Uber driver requirements

In Adelaide, all Uber cars must:

  • Have at least 4 doors
  • Have no more than 8 seats, also counting the driver's
  • Have current registration and CTP insurance in SA
  • Have working windows and air conditioning whenever carrying passengers
  • Be free of commercial branding

If your car meets these requirements, and is generally in excellent working condition and free of cosmetic damage, your car will likely pass the vehicle inspection.

Uber typeModel yearVehicle typeSeatingInsuranceSpecial requirementsEligible models
UberX10 years old or less (from current year)4-door4-7 passengersRegistered and CTP-insured in South AustraliaNo former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehiclesCheck here
UberASSIST10 years old or less (from current year)4-door, easy access4-7 passengersRegistered and CTP-insured in South AustraliaAccommodate folding wheelchairs, walkers, collapsible scooters, and other assistive devices; Complete a free training course with the Australian Network on DisabilityCheck here
UberBLACK6 years old or less (from current year)4-door luxury4 passengersCommercial vehicle insurance + MV/TV registration platesDrive an eligible vehicleCheck here
UberEATS (car)1990 model or newerAnyAnyRegistered and CTP-insured in South AustraliaRight to work in Australia and access to Medicare or private health insuranceAny

UberX popular vehicles

  • Ford. Falcon, Focus, Mondeo
  • Holden. Captiva, Commodore, Cruze
  • Honda. Accord, Civic, CR-V, Jazz
  • Hyundai. Accent, Elantra, i30
  • Kia. Cerato, Sportage
  • Mazda. CX5, Mazda3
  • Mitsubishi. Lancer, Outlander
  • Nissan. Dualis, Pulsar, X-Trail
  • Toyota. Aurion, Camry, Corolla, Kluger, Prius, Rav4, Yaris
  • Volkswagen. Golf

UberSELECT eligible vehicles

  • Alfa Romeo. 159, Giulietta (2012 or newer)
  • Audi. A4, A5, A6, A7, A8 and respective Avant models, Q3, Q5, Q7, Q9, any RS or S Class
  • BMW. 3-series and 5-series (includes Gran Turismo), 7-series, Alpina B7, X3, X5, X6, M3, M5
  • Chrysler. 300
  • Genesis. G80, G90
  • Holden. Caprice, Grange, Statesman
  • Hummer. H3
  • Hyundai. Genesis
  • Infiniti. FX, Q50, QX70 (2012 or newer)
  • Jaguar. F-PACE, XE, XF, X-Type
  • Jeep. Grand Cherokee
  • Land Rover. Discovery, Freelander, Range Rover (includes Evoque and Sport)
  • Lexus. ES, GS, GX, IS, LS, NX, RX
  • Maserati. Quattroporte
  • Mercedes-Benz. B-Class, C-Class (includes CL, CLA, CLK, CLS), E-Class (includes Wagon) G-Class (includes GL, GLA, GLC, GLE, GLS), M-Class (includes ML), R-Class, S-Class, V-Class, Viano
  • Porsche. Cayenne, Macan, Panamera
  • Skoda. Superb (2012 or newer)
  • Subaru. Liberty (2015 or newer)
  • Tesla. Model S, Model X
  • Toyota. Kluger (2013 or newer), Prado (2012 or newer)
  • Volkswagen. Passat, Touareg (2012 or newer)
  • Volvo. S60, S80, XC60, XC70, XC90 (2012 or newer)
Uber may amend this list of eligible vehicles at any time.

UberXL popular vehicles

  • Dodge. Journey
  • Fiat. Freemont
  • Ford. Territory
  • Holden. Captiva
  • Honda. Odyssey
  • Hyundai. Santa Fe, iMax
  • Isuzu. MU-X
  • Kia. Carnival, Sorento, Rondo
  • Land Rover. Discovery
  • LDV. G10
  • Mazda. CX-9
  • Mitsubishi. Outlander, Pajero
  • Nissan. X-Trail, Pathfinder, Dualis, Patrol
  • Toyota. Kluger, Prado, Tarago, Land Cruiser, Prius V
  • Volkswagen. Multivan

UberASSIST popular vechicles

  • Ford. Falcon, Focus, Mondeo
  • Holden. Captiva, Commodore, Cruze
  • Honda. Accord, Civic, CR-V, HR-V
  • Hyundai. Accent, Elantra, i30, ix35, Sante Fe
  • Kia. Cerato, Sportage
  • Mazda. CX5, Mazda3
  • Mitsubishi. Lancer
  • Nissan. Dualis, Pulsar, X-Trail
  • Toyota. Aurion, Camry, Corolla,Prius
  • Volkswagen. Golf, Jetta, Passat

UberBLACK eligible vehicles

  • Audi. A6, A8, Q7
  • Bentley. All
  • BMW. 5 Series, 7 Series, X5
  • Cadillac. Escalade
  • Chrysler. 300
  • Holden. Caprice, Statesman
  • Hyundai. Genesis (must be custom-fitted with the Genesis, not Hyundai, badge above the rear number plate)
  • Jaguar. XF, XJ
  • Land Rover. ES, GS, LS, RX
  • Maserati. Ghibli, Quattroporte
  • Mercedes-Benz. E-Class, GL-Class, ML-Class, R-Class, S-Class
  • Porsche. Cayenne, Panamera
  • Rolls Royce. All
  • Tesla. Model S, Model X
Uber may amend this list of eligible vehicles at any time.

UberLUX eligible vehicles

  • Audi. A8 (D4/3rd gen)
  • Bentley. All
  • Cadillac. Escalade
  • BMW. 7-Series (F01/F02)
  • Jaguar. XF, XJ
  • Lexus. LS
  • Maserati. Ghibli, Quattroporte
  • Mercedes-Benz. S-Class (W221, W222)
Uber may amend this list of eligible vehicles at any time.

UberSUV eligible vehicles

  • Audi. Q7
  • BMW. X5
  • Cadillac. Escalade
  • Land Rover. Range Rover Sport
  • Mercedes-Benz. GL-Class, R-Class, V-Class
  • Tesla. Model X

How to drive for Uber if you don't have your own car yet.

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You can rent a car

Uber needs drivers, and has partnered with rental providers to get affordable rental deals. Pay by the week to start earning even if you don't have your own car.

Rent an Uber car in Adelaide

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Rent-to-own

If you'e looking for something to rent for keeps, a slightly higher weekly fee can help you rent-to-own a car of your choice, from a range of compact, hybrid, SUV and luxury car models.

Compare rent-to-own options in Adelaide

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Get a car loan

You don't have to go through an Uber rental partner. If you prefer, you can go through a bank, credit union or unaffiliated car lender, as long as your vehicle can pass the basic requirements.

Compare car loans from a range of providers

How to pass your Uber vehicle inspection in Adelaide

Before taking your first trip, all Uber vehicles need to pass an inspection. This must be carried out by Uber-approved providers. When you're at the right stage of your application, after your driving history has been assessed, Uber will help you arrange an appointment at an approved inspection centre.

The inspection normally takes about half an hour, after which the inspector will pass the results onto Uber. It's a good idea to make sure your vehicle meets the minimum Uber requirements, as well as South Australian standards, before you take it in for an inspection.

Sign up to become an UBER Driver

Be paid weekly as an independent contractor.


How much do Uber drivers earn in Adelaide?

Your earnings depend on how many passengers you carry per hour, and what your expenses are.

Consider this example for an almost full-time Uber driver, assuming an average journey of 14-minutes over 4 kilometres, making 24 trips a day by driving 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. We've also put in a 10% reservation from every trip to cover fuel and other costs.

Uber typeGross earnings per tripFees deducted per tripTotal earnings
UberX$13.90Uber fee (25%): $3.47
Fuel and other costs (10%): $1.40
$9.03 per trip
$216.72 per day
$1,083.60 per week
UberBlack$35.60Uber fee (25%): $8.90
Fuel and other costs (10%): $3.60
$23.10 per trip
$554.40 per day
$2,772 per week
UberSUV$42.00Uber fee (25%): $10.50
Fuel and other costs (10%): $4.20
$27.30 per trip
$655.20 per day
$3,276 per week
UberLUX$52.00Uber fee (25%): $13
Fuel and other costs (10%): $5.20
$33.80 per trip
$811.20 per day
$4,056 per week

Uber driver income calculator

Try out the calculator below to see how much you might earn with different schedules.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculator, the results should be used as an indication only. It doesn't take into account your financial circumstances and is neither a quote or guarantee of your income as an Uber partner driver.

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The best places to drive for Uber in Adelaide

The best driving is when there are more passengers in less time, which generally means more money for Uber drivers.

According to Uber, these are the Adelaide hotspots.

In the CBD:

  • West End (Hindley and Currie Street)
  • East End (Rundle Street)
  • Adelaide Casino
  • Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Certain suburbs:

  • Glenelg
  • Norwood
  • North Adelaide
  • Burnside

The best times to drive

According to Uber, the peak hours, when more people are trying to catch an Uber, are:

  • Weekdays: 4am to 9am, and 4pm to 7pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 4pm to 4am

Uber app download

You can download the Uber app for iOS and Android here.

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