Driving an Uber in Sydney

From car and driver requirements to how much you could be making – it's all here.

Driver and car requirements for all Uber types

There's very different earning potential for each of the Uber car types, and this is directly tied to the vehicle requirements for each. Here, we'll list the basic driver requirements for all Uber types, followed by a breakdown of each tier.

Minimum driver requirements for all Uber types

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

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have access to an Uber-approved vehicle
  • Hold a full NSW driver's licence: No Provisional (P) or Learners (L) licences are permitted
  • Have held a full driver's licence in any state or territory for at least 12 months
  • Hold comprehensive or third party property insurance for the vehicle you'll be driving, and consider specialised rideshare insurance for extra protection. Your name, vehicle make and registration, policy expiration and type of cover must be visible on the document.
  • Hold a Private Hire Vehicle Authority issued by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). Uber helps all new drivers apply for their Driver Authority Card as part of the sign-up process.
  • Complete a free vehicle inspection at a registered Uber inspection site
  • Pass a background check

Driver document checklist

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


Minimum 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 Sydney 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 NSW
  • Have working windows and air conditioning
  • 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 4-7 passengers Registered and CTP insured in NSW No former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehicles or pre-2009 Ford Falcons Check here
UberSELECT 10 years old or less (from current year) 4-door 4 passengers Registered and CTP insured in NSW 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 passenger van Up to 6 passengers Registered and CTP insured in NSW Additional passenger capacity Check here
UberASSIST 10 years old or less (from current year) 4-door, easy access 4-7 passengers Registered and CTP insured in NSW 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 Seat 4 passengers Commercial vehicle insurance + hire car registration plates Drive an eligible vehicle Check here
UberLUX 6 years old or less (from current year) 4-door luxury Seat 4 passengers Commercial vehicle insurance + hire car registration plates Drive an eligible vehicle Check here
UberSUV 6 years old or less (from current year) Luxury SUV or van Seat 6-7 passengers Commercial vehicle insurance + hire car registration plates Drive an eligible vehicle Check here
UberEATS (car) 1990 model or newer Any Any Registered and CTP insured in NSW 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. 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

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Rent-to-own

For a slightly higher fee each week, you can rent-to-own your own vehicle after just 4 years. Choose from compact, hybrid, SUV and luxury models.

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Get a car loan

There are lots of tailored car finance options available through one of Uber's company partners or directly via a bank, credit union or standalone car lender.

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Sydney Uber inspection centres

In Sydney, all drivers need to pass an annual vehicle inspection to drive with Uber.

  • Vehicles models from 2012 – 2016 must pass an Uber inspection before becoming an active uberX driver.
  • Vehicles models from 2008 – 2011 and 2017 do not need to pass an Uber inspection, as this already happens during the annual registration renewal process.

Uber has partnered with a number of respected third-party vehicle inspection centres, including RedBook Inspect and NRMA MotorServe, to make accessing an approved inspection centre easier than ever.

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

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.

Our previous calculation of Sydney Uber fares for riders was on the basis of an average 14-minute journey over 4 kilometres. The following table assumes you drive for similar conditions, work 6 hours a day, completing 24 trips per day, for 5 days of the week. We've also put in a 10% reservation from every trip to cover fuel and other costs – actual costs may be higher or lower.

Learn more about how much you could earn as an Uber driver in our comprehensive guide.

Uber type Gross earnings per trip Fees deducted per trip Total earnings
UberX $13.90 Uber 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 $35.60 Uber fee (25%): $8.90
Fuel and other costs (10%): $3.60
$23.10 per trip
$554.40 per day
$2,772 per week
UberSUV $42.00 Uber fee (25%): $10.50
Fuel and other costs (10%): $4.20
$27.30 per trip
$655.20 per day
$3,276 per week
UberLUX $52.00 Uber 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

For a more tailored earnings estimate, 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 Sydney

As an Uber driver with NSW-accreditation, you can drive 24/7 anywhere in NSW that Uber operates.

Sydney hotspots

These areas are popular among riders:

  • Weekday mornings. Eastern Suburbs, CBD, North Sydney, the Airport
  • Weekday evenings. CBD, Inner West, Lower North Shore
  • Weekends. Eastern Suburbs, CBD, the Rocks, Inner West
  • Events. Olympic Park, Moore Park, CBD

Peak trip times

There are certain times when Sydney Uber drivers are more in-demand, and being available during these busy periods could help you earn more.

  • Weekday mornings 5am – 9am
  • Weekday evenings 5pm – 8pm
  • Friday and Saturday til late
  • Sunday daytime

Sydney Airport (SYD) instructions for drivers

Routes to and from the domestic and international airports are popular. Make sure you read our comprehensive guide on picking up and dropping off Uber passengers at Sydney Airport.

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Why take out rideshare insurance?

It just makes sense, really.

Want to keep your hard earned cash in your pocket? There are two main reasons why you should be considering rideshare insurance:

  • Your regular car insurance policy won't cover you for ridesharing.
  • If an insurer does decide to cover you for Uber driving, you'll only be protected if you work part-time. Essentially, you'll struggle to put food on the table.

But rideshare insurance fixes these problems.

Several insurers now offer a rideshare extension on their car insurance policies. Take out this cover and you'll still be covered if you drive your car as part of a ridesharing service. All that dosh will stay in your pocket.

Some insurers only offer a rideshare extension with their comprehensive car insurance policy, but others also offer it on third party fire and theft and third party property damage policies.

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  • Many policies won't cover you if you work more than 20 hours. This means you can't work full time!
  • Rideshare insurance gives you your choice of repairer and handle the claims process on your behalf

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    SusieJanuary 2, 2019

    What are the rules about riders with babies

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnJanuary 2, 2019Staff

      Hi Susie,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Uber Car Seat provides uberX vehicles equipped with a car seat.

      To request Uber Car Seat, tap the ‘car seat’ option after selecting the uberX vehicle type. A $10 surcharge is added to uberX pricing for Uber Car Seat trips.

      Uber Car Seat provides one forward-facing car seat for a child who is at least:
      (a) 12 months old AND
      (b) 22 lbs. AND
      (c) 31 inches.

      A child is too big at 48 lbs. or 52 inches. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    KennyDecember 12, 2018

    I have a driver’s license and have been driving for 30 years at home country (Malaysia). I just recently migrated to Australia and got Australian full driving license for 3 months. Can I drive Uber? I own a new Honda HR-V. What Uber type (UberX, UberAssist) can I drive?

    • finder Customer Care
      CharisseDecember 16, 2018Staff

      Hi Kenny,

      Thanks for reaching out to finder.

      To become an Uber driver-partner, you must hold a full driver’s licence in any Australian state or territory for at least 12 months. Since you have held your license for only 3 months now, you do not meet their requirements.

      If you own a Honda HR-V car, it falls under Uber Assist vehicle option.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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    LhenDecember 8, 2018

    Hi, can my husband and I take turns in using the same car? I understand each will have applied uber drivership separately but if he’s not driving for a certain period of the day, can I drive the same car?

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnDecember 12, 2018Staff

      Hi Lhen,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Yes, two drivers can drive the same Uber car as long as each driver complete the driver requirements. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    MelissaDecember 5, 2018

    If I have had speeding tickets or a previous drink drive charge is it likely that record will prevent me from being accepted as a driver ?

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnDecember 10, 2018Staff

      Hi Melissa,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      The Uber Background Check will look over the past 7 years to make sure you’ve had:

      No DUI or drug related offenses.
      No history of reckless driving
      No fatal accidents
      No criminal record

      And yes, these are all considered by Uber when applying as a driver. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    GreggNovember 7, 2018

    Hi I have a luxury 2017 Mercedes sprinter which is fitted out with 7 business class style seats in the rear and drivers and passengers seats in front, the vehicle is black and the seats are all leather. What class of Uber would you suggest I consider applying for.

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnNovember 8, 2018Staff

      Hi Gregg,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      You may check UberSUV since the vehicle requirements are on point based on the description you provided. The vehicle must seat 6-7 people and must be 6-7 years old or less than the current year. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    PaulSeptember 18, 2018

    Hi Uber,

    I have been disqualified by default on my P2 License back in 2014. I now hold my Full unrestricted License for over 12 months with no fines in the last 2 years. Will my previous disqualification ruin my chances of driving?

    Thanks

    • finder Customer Care
      CharisseSeptember 19, 2018Staff

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for reaching out to finder.

      Since you are now holding a full driver’s license for over 12 months, that already makes you qualified in this aspect. Please note that you also have to meet all the other driver’s requirements Uber has so they can consider your application.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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    RupertMay 11, 2018

    Hello Uber,

    For the driver requirement “must hold at least 1 yr full license”, does overseas license count? I only got my NSW full license this year 2018, but I have had 10 yrs driver license in the Philippine.

    Thanks!

    • finder Customer Care
      NikkiMay 11, 2018Staff

      Hi Rupert,

      Thanks for your message and for visiting finder – the leading comparison website & general information service built to give you advice in your buying decision needs. How are you doing today?

      Please note that we’re a product comparison website and we do not represent any company we feature on our site. We provide general information on products to assist you in your buying decision process hence we cannot recommend product / service that is rightfully fit for you.

      To answer your question, your overseas licence can be considered in the “1 year full license” requirement of Uber.

      Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us again if you have more questions.

      Cheers,
      Nikki

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    paulMay 8, 2018

    Hi,

    I had a drink driving conviction in excess of 10 years ago. Am I eligible to drive for Uber ?Look forward to hearing from you.

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      ArnoldMay 8, 2018

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for your inquiry

      Uber checks your background for any DUIs that you had seven years prior to your application. If the DUI you had was 10 years ago, then this will not show up on their background check.

      Hope this information helps

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    GeorgeMay 6, 2018

    What happened with the transit law?
    About of use phone while we are driving?

    • finder Customer Care
      JeniMay 7, 2018Staff

      Hi George,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Drivers can only use a mobile phone while driving if it is secured in a commercially manufactured and designed mounting that is fixed to the vehicle and doesn’t obscure their view of the road. A ring alert flashes on screen of the mobile phone. The driver wears an earpiece and answers the phone via bluetooth, while keeping both hands on the steering wheel. Or, if a driver can operate it without touching any part of the phone, for example, by using bluetooth or voice activation.

      Uber cars are required to have this kind of set up to assure their road safety. To know more about this, please check out this link.

      I hope this helps.

      Have a great day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    zowikNovember 6, 2017

    Do you have to have an Australian Business Number and registered for GST ?

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      JonathanNovember 7, 2017

      Hi Zowik,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Ride-sourcing services, through companies such as Uber, are providing ‘taxi travel’ under the GST law. The existing tax law applies and drivers are required to register for GST regardless of their turnover. Affected drivers must register for an Australian Business Number (ABN), GST, charge GST on the full fare, lodge activity statements and report the income in their tax returns.

      Current drivers that don’t have an ABN and are not registered for GST can easily apply online at Australian Business Register.

      You can read more information on the sharing economy and tax requirements for ride-sourcing, visit ATO website for ridesharing economy.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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