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

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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

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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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  • Rideshare insurance gives you your choice of repairer and handle the claims process on your behalf

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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!

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      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.

    • Staff
      ArnoldMay 8, 2018Staff

      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?

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      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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    RakeshAugust 25, 2017

    I have NSW full driving license which is 5 months old. Am I eligible to be a uber driver?

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      LiezlAugust 25, 2017Staff

      Hi Rakesh,

      Thanks for your question. As listed above, you need to have held have held a non-restricted licence (no P-platers) for at least 12 months plus meeting the other requirements in order to become an Uber driver. You might also find our definitive Uber guide on this page helpful.

      Cheers,
      Liezl

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    SimonAugust 20, 2017

    Hi, I am looking to utilise my commute to/from work for Uber driving (Northern Beaches to Sydney Airport). Is this possible to take just the two fares per day?

    • Staff
      RenchAugust 20, 2017Staff

      Hi Simon,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. 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, it is upto you on how many rides that you will do per day. You can simply turn off and on your Uber driver app anytime.

      You may contact Uber directly for further inquiries.

      Kind regards,
      Rench

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    TedAugust 6, 2017

    Hi.. i am driving in nsw for 2 years with my overseas license. And i have a 2010 model car. Will i be eligible for driving uber? Please let me know. Thanks

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      LouAugust 6, 2017Staff

      Hi Ted,

      Thanks for your question.

      Kindly note that one of the eligibility criteria to apply as an UBER driver in NSW is for you to have a full NSW driver’s licence, not overseas license. Your car may qualify as there are UBER types that allow for models that are 10 years old or less.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    UnixJuly 24, 2017

    During the trip, who pays the road toll charges? Will it be added to the customer’s bill? Also, does the GST included in the Customer’s bill?

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      RenchJuly 31, 2017Staff

      Hi Unix,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Yes, the road toll charges and GST are all added to the customer’s bill once they have booked an Uber driver.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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    SteveJuly 18, 2017

    Hi I have a 2011 model Mercedes Benz C220. I have a DUI charge from 1986 will this stop me from being an uber driver?
    Steve

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      ArnoldJuly 19, 2017Staff

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Uber, provides opportunities for everyone. Uber, will put you through interviews and will require you to pass the application process and pass the car evaluation. If you pass these tests then you will qualify as an Uber driver regardless of your previous records. Visit the nearest Uber HUB in your place to apply.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    DavidJuly 10, 2017

    I have 2 cars, a Nissan X TRIAL 2002 AND a Mazda 3A04A 2006. They both get serviced regularly with the Nissan having a reconditioned engine and are both in great condition and comprehensively insured. No damage to either vehicle. Can I use these as a uber driver?

    • Staff
      RenchJuly 10, 2017Staff

      Hi David,

      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.

      Unfortunately, the cars that you would like to use to drive an Uber should be 10 years old or less (from current year) or 6 years old or less for UberBLACK, UberLUX and UberSUV.

      – 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.

      Please contact Uber directly for further inquiries.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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