Uber New York – Are you interested in becoming a rideshare driver in New York? Check out our city guide below for more information on rideshare options for Uber New York in New York City.

Uber is the most popular rideshare option in New York City.
The company currently offers six core services in New York City:

  • UberX (a low-cost option which seats up to four passengers)
  • UberBLACK (a premium option which seats up to four passengers)
  • UberXL (a low-cost ride which seats up to six passengers)
  • UberSUV (a premium option which seats up to six passengers)
  • UberFAMILY (an NYC-specific option which offers the same rates as UberX, but includes a child’s car-seat, for an additional $10 surcharge)
  • UberPOOL (a sharing service which resembles a carpool)

— Uber’s Pricing Changes —

In early 2016, the company dropped its rates in New York by approximately 15%, in order to stay competitive against taxi companies and other ridesharing operations (specifically, Lyft and Gett).

The base fare for its UberX service dropped from a per-mile rate of $2.15 to $1.75, and its base fare dropped from $3.00 to $2.55.

The current rates for NYC services are as follows:

Base Fare: $2.55
Per Minute: $0.35
Per Mile: $1.75
Cancellation Fee: $10
Minimum Fare: $7

Base Fare: $14
Per Minute: $0
Per Mile: $4
Cancellation Fee: $10
Minimum Fare: $25

Base Fare: $7
Per Minute: $0.65
Per Mile: $3.75
Cancellation Fee: $10
Minimum Fare: $15


Base Fare: $3.85
Per Minute: $0
Per Mile: $2.85
Cancellation Fee: $10
Minimum Fare: $10

Base Fare: $2.55
Per Minute: $0.35
Per Mile: $1.75
Cancellation Fee: $10
Minimum Fare: $7
Special Service Fee: $10


Fare: Varying Rates — Guaranteed 55% lower than UberX rate

There are currently over 15,000 Uber Drivers in New York City alone — and yet the company still needs many more drivers to satisfy ever-growing customer demand — so they continue to offer strong incentives for prospective applicants.

UberX/XL requirements

UberX/XL requirements:

  •  Driver must be at least 21 years of age
  •  Drivers must provide valid NY driver’s license.
  •  Drivers must pass a screening process (details below)
  •  Drivers must have an accepted vehicle (check below for additional info)
  •  A TLC License

As a company, Uber doesn’t own or operate any vehicles (all Uber Vehicles are driver-owned or leased). If you want to drive for Uber, you have to use your own vehicle.

  • Your vehicle must have 4 doors (which open independently).
  • Your vehicle must be from the year 2011 or newer
  • You must have a clean title (no salvage vehicles are allowed).
  • Your vehicle must have TLC Plates.
  • Your vehicle must be In excellent condition (cosmetically & mechanically).
  • Your vehicle cannot be a large van, or a former or current taxi vehicle.

For UberXL

  • All of the points listed above apply equally to XL.
  • All XL vehicles must seat the driver AND at least 6 additional passengers
  • UberX/XL document requirements:
  • All Uber drivers must provide these documents for their Uber account to be officially activated:
  • Valid driver’s license (DMV License)
  • Vehicle Registration (Copy of Registration Card)
  • Vehicle Insurance (vehicular insurance must list a vehicle & driver’s name directly on the policy document itself). Also known as Certificate of FH-1 Insurance
  • TLC/FHV License
  • Supplemental insurance (*only necessary if your name is not listed on the vehicle’s Certificate of Liability or FH1 documentation).
  • Uber NYC does not require a Background Check verification document.

Driver's License

Your driver’s license should clearly show these items:  License Issue Date, your license number, your Date of Birth (DOB – you must be 21 Years of Age or older to be an Uber Driver), and the License Expiry Date



A preliminary step to becoming an Uber driver in NYC is attaining a commercial driving license. Across the country, a TLC isn’t always necessary when signing up to become a rideshare driver. But, in NYC, it is officially mandatory.


Here are the basic steps to getting a TLC and signing up to drive for Uber new York:

1.  Attend a TLC Preparation Session

The TLC requires that all applicants have taken a defensive driving course (in the last 3 years), and that all applicants be examined by a doctor (past 90 days). Schedule a one-day session at an Uber office.

2. Change your regular DMV license into an A CLASS E or CDL

You will have to upgrade your regular license to a Class E license (or CDL). If you have a license from out-of-state, you probably won’t need to change it (but you will require a certified abstract from your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles).

3. Submit an Online TLC License Application

Apply for a For-Hire Driver license on the Online TLC Application. A license is $84 per year, for 3 years (a total of $252). Print your application after you have successfully submitted it. You will receive a confirmation email with your application number (as well as the date you’ll have to drop off your application at the TLC).

4. Complete Your Application

You won’t be able to drop off your application until you have successfully completed each of the steps above. The TLC will send you an appointment time. You must show up on that time/date. If you have to reschedule, you should know that there’s a chance your appointment will be delayed by two weeks. After completing your appointment, you must complete a Wheelchair Accessibility Training class, as well as an FHV-Training class. Bring all items on the checklist with you to the TLC.