Make money in Melbourne with Uber

How much you can make, what car you need and where to start.

How to become an Uber driver in Melbourne

How much you're going to make depends on what kind of Uber driver you are. There are some basic requirements to meet before you can start, and then some additional requirements for earning more as a higher level driver.

Uber's basic driver requirements

To become an Uber driver in Melbourne, it's a minimum requirement that all applicants must:

  • Age - At least 21 years old
  • Vehicle - Vehicles must be Uber-approved
  • License - A full VIC driver's license is required. No learner or provisional licenses are permitted.
  • Experience - You must have held a full Australian driver's licence for at least 6 months
  • Insurance - Your Uber vehicle must be covered by comprehensive or third party property insurance. Look for rideshare car insurance for tailored protection.
  • Accreditation - You will need to get a Driver Accreditation (DA). This is a special type of license administered by the Taxi Services Commission (TSC) for ridesharing drivers. Uber helps all new drivers apply for their Driver Authority as part of the sign-up process.
  • Vehicle Inspection - You'll be invited in for a free vehicle inspection as part of the signup, and need to complete it before you can start carrying passengers.
  • Background check - Your application will include a background check.

Driver document checklist

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  • A valid, full VIC driver's licence
  • Driver Accreditation (DA) licence
  • Your passport or birth certificate
  • Proof of vehicle insurance in VIC


The basic vehicle requirements for each Uber type

Your vehicle must meet the following requirements to be considered for use with any Uber service. It's important to note that if your vehicle does not pass the minimum specifications for UberX, it will likely not pass for other Uber types.

Uber driver requirements
All cars being driven for Uber in Melbourne must:

  • Be in excellent working condition with no cosmetic damage
  • Have at least 4 doors
  • Have no more than 8 seats, including the driver's seat
  • Pass a vehicle inspection
  • Have current registration and CTP insurance in VIC
  • No older than the maximum age for the type of Uber driving
  • Feature no commercial branding
Uber type Model year Vehicle type Seating Insurance Special requirements Eligible models
UberX 10 years old or less (from current year) 4-door 4 passengers Registered and CTP-insured in Victoria No former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehicles Check here
UberSELECT 10 years old or less (from current year) 4-door 4 passengers Registered and CTP-insured in Victoria Minimum 4.6 rating; Completed at least 50 trips; Drive an eligible vehicle Check here
UberXL 10 years old or less (from current year) 4-door SUV or large passenger van 6-7 passengers Registered and CTP-insured in Victoria Extra passenger capacity Check here
UberASSIST 10 years old or less (from current year) 4-door 4-7 passengers Registered and CTP-insured in Victoria Accommodate folding wheelchairs, walkers, collapsible scooters, and other assistive devices; Complete a free training course with the Australian Network on Disability Check here
UberBLACK 6 years old or less (from current year) 4-door luxury vehicle 4 passengers Commercial vehicle insurance + VH registration plates Drive an eligible black, grey or silver vehicle Check here
UberEATS (car) 1990 model or newer Any Any Registered and CTP-insured in Victoria Right to work in Australia and access to Medicare or private health insurance Any

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. A8, Q7
  • BMW. 5 Series, 7 Series
  • Chrysler. 300c
  • Holden. Caprice
  • Jaguar. XF, XJ
  • Lexus. ES,GS,LS
  • Mercedes. E Class, S Class, GL Class, ML Class

Uber may amend this list of eligible vehicles at any time.

Don’t own or have access to an Uber-approved vehicle? Here are your options in Melbourne.

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Rent a car

No car? No problem. Start now with a brand new car from Uber rental partners from less than $170 a week. This is an option to help you get started fast.

Rent an Uber car in Melbourne

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Rent-to-own

For a bit more you can rent-to-own your vehicle after 4 years. Choose from compact, hybrid, SUV and luxury models to get the car you want, and work to pay it off all at once.

Compare Melbourne car rental providers

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Get a car loan

Take care of it yourself, and tailor your own car finance options available through one of Uber's company partners or directly via a bank, credit union or standalone car lender.

Compare Uber car loans

Melbourne Uber inspection centres

In Melbourne, all drivers need to pass an initial and annual vehicle inspection to drive with Uber.

Uber has partnered with RedBook to make it easier, with inspection sites all around Victoria, and will send out an initial inspection invitation while you sign up as well as annual reminders ahead of time.

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How much can I make as an Uber driver in Melbourne?

How much you can earn as an Uber driver varies depending on a number of factors, including how many hours you work, which city you're driving in and your regular expenses like fuel and car maintenance.

Uber driver income calculator

To see how much you might earn with your driving schedule, enter your income and vehicle expenses into the calculator below. 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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Where to drive in Melbourne

Drive at the peak hours to boost your income, and in some of the key popular areas, including:

  • The airports
  • Inner east suburbs
  • Inner urban areas
  • The CBD

Across all of these, you have some clear peak hours including:

  • Weekday mornings - 5am to 9am
  • Weekday nights - 8pm to 4am
  • Weekends all day

Driving in rainy weather, or major events, are also great ways to pick up more passengers.

Download the Uber app

Get started by signing up and downloading the Uber app here:

Uber Driver app for iOS

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Uber Driver app for Android

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18 Responses

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    MedhatOctober 16, 2018

    I just signed get deal now, may I know what is the next step to start?

    • finder Customer Care
      NikkiOctober 16, 2018Staff

      Hi Medhat,

      Thanks for your inquiry and for visiting our page.

      It’s great to hear that you’ve signed up with Uber. When you click the “GET DEAL NOW” on our page, a new webpage will generate and it will show the sign-up page for Uber.

      Hope this helps! Feel free to message us for further assistance.

      Regards,

      Nikki

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    MalOctober 14, 2018

    Hi

    I have obtained my license in Victoria 1 year ago and I have my own car which is 4 years old, Can you please let me know how can I register as an Uber driver, requirements as i need to start as early as pssible

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnOctober 15, 2018Staff

      Hi Mal,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Regarding you query about registering as an Uber driver, you would need to go to the Uber website to start signing up. Please note that the following documents are required for you to be approved as an Uber driver:

      A valid, full driver’s licence for your state or territory
      Your passport or birth certificate
      Proof of vehicle insurance as required in the state or territory you plan to drive in
      Any other documents required in the state or territory you plan to drive in
      A driver profile photo
      Must be a forward-facing, centered photo including the driver’s full face and top of shoulders, with no sunglasses
      Must be a photo only of the driver with no other subject in the frame, well-lit, and in focus. It cannot be a driver’s license photo or other printed photograph.

      Please ensure that you have the documents handy once required by Uber. Your vehicle may qualify for a specific category for Uber but may need to be inspected by them first. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    ArtOctober 13, 2018

    Hello,

    I have Armenian driver license and wanted to know if I am eligible to drive for Uber or not.

    • finder Customer Care
      JeniOctober 13, 2018Staff

      Hi Art,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      In order for you to be an Uber driver in Melbourne, you must have a full VIC driver’s license and have held it for at least 6 months. You may see other requirements at the Uber’s basic driver requirements part of this page.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    EdwardAugust 31, 2018

    The “Uber driver income calculator” doesn’t seem to include the 25% paid to Uber in the expenses. Is that correct? Also, how is the initial figure of $35 per hour derived, please? Thanks

    • finder Customer Care
      LouSeptember 4, 2018Staff

      Hi Edward,

      Thanks for your question.

      The 25% Uber cut is not taken into account in our calculator.

      For the initial figure, we considered the average income of Uber drivers in Australia before Uber cut which is between $35 and $40 per hour.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    BDAugust 14, 2018

    hie…..i have indian licence which is 8 year old and now i made victorian license so i have to wait for 6 month or am i eligible for uber driver…thanx

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnAugust 15, 2018Staff

      Hi BD,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Here is the minimum time that you need to have an Australian licence to be able to drive with Uber:

      Victoria – Australian Licence (6 months)

      New South Wales – Australian Licence (within the last 12/24 months)

      Queensland – Australian Licence (1 year)

      Western Australia – Australian Licence (1 year)

      Australian Capital Territory – Australian Licence (no time limit)

      South Australia – Australian Licence (6 months)

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    ZJune 22, 2018

    Hi there, I have a United Kingdom drivers licence and would be renting a car, can I work as an Uber driver out here on my English licence? Thank you

    • finder Customer Care
      JoelJune 22, 2018Staff

      Hi Z,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Unfortunately, You must have held a full Australian driver’s licence for at least 6 months and it would need to be a full VIC driver’s licence to get approved to drive for Uber.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    RajMay 29, 2018

    Hi, I got new Zealand licence that is six years old n now I got Victoria licence can I drive Uber in Melbourne or I have to wait pls clarify. Thanks

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaMay 31, 2018Staff

      Hi Raj,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well for you. :)

      The answer to your question is yes, provided that you also meet other requirements listed on this page. A full VIC driver’s license is required. No learner or provisional licenses are permitted.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    GlenJanuary 23, 2018

    Hi how much does it costs to register my car with uber ? is there an annual fee ? thanks

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      ArnoldJanuary 23, 2018

      Hi Glen,

      Thanks for your inquiry

      The registration fee will depend on the state where you are located and the type of car that you drive. It would be best to contact Uber directly to know exactly how much you’ll be paying.

      Hope this information helps

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    DebbyNovember 9, 2017

    Are there any uber drivers in Warrnambool or surrounds in Victoria?

    • finder Customer Care
      RenchNovember 9, 2017Staff

      Hi Debby,

      Thanks for your inquiry. Please note that we are not affiliated with Uber or any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      Yes, Uber is available also in Warrnambook VIC as I have checked from Uber official site.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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