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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

Got these documents handy? Apply online to become an Uber driver now.

  • 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 typeModel yearVehicle typeSeatingInsuranceSpecial requirementsEligible models
UberX10 years old or less (from current year)4-door4-7 passengersRegistered and CTP insured in NSWNo former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehicles or pre-2009 Ford FalconsCheck here
UberSELECT10 years old or less (from current year)4-door4 passengersRegistered and CTP insured in NSWMinimum 4.6 rating; Completed at least 50 trips; Drive an eligible vehicleCheck here
UberXL10 years old or less (from current year)4-door SUV or passenger vanUp to 6 passengersRegistered and CTP insured in NSWAdditional passenger capacityCheck here
UberASSIST10 years old or less (from current year)4-door, easy access4-7 passengersRegistered and CTP insured in NSWAccommodate 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 luxurySeat 4 passengersCommercial vehicle insurance + hire car registration platesDrive an eligible vehicleCheck here
UberLUX6 years old or less (from current year)4-door luxurySeat 4 passengersCommercial vehicle insurance + hire car registration platesDrive an eligible vehicleCheck here
UberSUV6 years old or less (from current year)Luxury SUV or vanSeat 6-7 passengersCommercial vehicle insurance + hire car registration platesDrive an eligible vehicleCheck here
UberEATS (car)1990 model or newerAnyAnyRegistered and CTP insured in NSWRight 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

Need help accessing an Uber-approved vehicle? Check out the options available in Sydney.

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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 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

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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  • 100% free consultation with an expert, with no obligation to sign up
  • Your regular car insurance policy won't cover you for ridesharing
  • 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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    ClareOctober 27, 2019

    Hi, I have only been nsw for a couple of weeks and I was looking at doing uber.
    I have a nsw during licence and also had a uk driving licence for over 30 year does this count for state or territory?

    Thanks clare.

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      NikkiOctober 29, 2019

      Hi Clare,

      Thanks for your comment and I hope you are well.

      As far as driver’s licence goes, to be able to drive Uber in NSW, you need to have:

      – a full NSW driver’s licence: No Provisional (P) or Learners (L) licences are permitted.
      – hold a full driver’s licence in any state or territory for at least 12 months.

      Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us again for further assistance.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    MansoorAugust 14, 2019

    Hello,

    Uber’s website states licence expiry must be 5 yrs or less – no 10 year licences are permitted. If a driver already has 10 year NSW license, is it possible to have changed to 5 year only? It’s a strange rule by Uber though, please comment if it’s still a requirement to have a license with less than 10 year expiry.

    Thanks!

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      JeniAugust 15, 2019Staff

      Hi Mansoor,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      I am not seeing any info on having a driving licence with an expiry of less than 5 years. The driver requirement is to hold a full NSW driver’s licence and you must have held a full driver’s licence in any state or territory for at least 12 months. You may contact Uber directly if you need further assistance on becoming an Uber driver.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    conMarch 13, 2019

    hi
    I’ve held my license over 20 years, however, I had a speeding ticket almost 2 years ago and it was the only offence in 5 years, am i still qualify to drive Uber?

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      NikkiMarch 14, 2019

      Hi Con,

      Thanks for reaching out! As it says on our page – 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

      If all these are met, you can qualify for an Uber driver – however, note that a background check happens – so it will be up to Uber if you’ll qualify.

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    Kathy’sJanuary 30, 2019

    I have a 2016 Subaru XV and was wondering if I could become an Uber driver

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      NikkiJanuary 31, 2019

      Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for reaching out to finder! As you can see on the information above, the requirements of Uber can be found on the part of the page that says “Minimum vehicle requirements for each Uber type.” Following that is a table that shows the type of Uber class you want to classify your car with when you register for Uber. Within the table, choose the uber type you want to register for and on the far right side that says ELIGIBLE MODELS, click “CHECK HERE.” You’ll be able to see a list that shows the cars accepted in that specific UBER TYPE. Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    SusieJanuary 2, 2019

    What are the rules about riders with babies

    • Avatarfinder 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?

    • Avatarfinder 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?

    • Avatarfinder 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 ?

    • Avatarfinder 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.

    • Avatarfinder 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

    • Avatarfinder 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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