Starting Out

A few common questions arise from time to time. 

+ How Old Do I Need to Be?

The age requirements for Lyft and Uber dictate that drivers must be at least 21 years old and also have had an active drivers licence for at least a year.

Lyft: https://help.lyft.com/hc/en-us/articles/213585758-Driver-requirements#age.

Uber: https://www.uber.com/drive/requirements/

+ What Kind of Car Do I Need?

The requirements between rideshare companies are varied. Here are a few samples.

Lyft: https://help.lyft.com/hc/en-us/articles/214219557

Uber: https://rideshareapps.com/uber-vehicle-requirements-for-2016/

Do note that these requirements change at least every year. Do check the current requirements!

+ Do I Need to Have a car?

In case you don't have a vehicle that meets the requirements or you don't want to use your personal car, the major rideshare companies generally have a program that allows you to rent a vehicle through the company. There used to be leasing programs, but the major rideshare companies appear to be shutting down their leasing programs. A few examples can be found here -

Lyft Rental Program: https://help.lyft.com/hc/en-us/articles/218196557-Express-Drive-Rental-Car-Program#rental%20costs

Uber Rental Program: https://www.uber.com/drive/vehicle-solutions/rental-cars/

+ Is there a Background Check?

Indeed, there are background checks on all major rideshare companies. You will need to provide them the usual information for background checks such as name, address, Social Security number, and so on.

+ Is it Possible to do this Full Time?

Different people need different incomes, but theoretically it is possible. Depending on the area in which you drive and the days/hours in which you drive, you could be making $20 to $25 an hour. Possibly more. From personal experience, it is indeed possible to hit the $30 to $35 range in peek hours and days (factoring in tips of course). All said, certain areas don't get as much business. The major rideshare companies have general statistics on expected income for major cities and areas. Nothing is of course guarenteed (unless you signed up with a introductory offer). If you decide to ask local drivers what their income is, do be cautious. Many drivers have their own personal policies that hinder their income. Such policies as not taking drives to airports, not driving nights, only driving certain hours, and so on.

Always consult the rideshare company that you intend to work with regarding any information. The information provided here is not guaranteed to be correct. Policies and requirements change often with  rideshare companies.