What are the prerequisites to drive for UBER in Ottawa?

Working for UBER in Ottawa

UBER is a great service that continues to offer great value for both passengers and drivers. For passengers, the service offers an affordable yet means of getting from point A to point B. Let’s face it, Ottawa is a big city, and we all need to get around – especially when you live in a suburb such as Barrhaven. Some of us use transit. Others ride their bike. I use my car. And yes, sometimes I use UBER. Regardless of how we get around, what matters in the end is that we have the option to choose the mode of transportation that’s right for us as individuals.

UBER is also a great company to work for. You get to choose your own hours, which means you can work day or night, 365 days a year. When you choose to drive is completely up to you, so it leaves time for the important things in your life. And we all know how busy life can get in the suburbs!

So, what are the prerequisites to work for UBER in Ottawa? For starters, you’ll need to meet the vehicle requirements as specified by UBER.

To drive with Uber in Ottawa, your vehicle must meet these minimum requirements:

  • 4-door vehicle with independently opening doors
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No commercial branding
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • Pass a vehicle inspection by a licensed mechanic

Your vehicle’s model year must be 2007 or newer to drive with uberX, uberXL, or uberASSIST in the city of Ottawa.

Uber accepts both official and temporary registration documents. The vehicle does not need to be registered in your name to qualify.


Ontario has approved an insurance policy from Intact Insurance designed specifically for ridesharing. Drivers are still required to maintain a personal insurance policy. We strongly recommend that you consult the UBER website for more information on insurance requirements.


Here’s a rundown of the documents you’re going to need before you apply to start driving. Fortunately, they are quite easy to obtain.

1- Ontario Drivers License

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You must be 21 years old and have a valid Ontario G Driver’s Licence or equivalent

2- Proof of Canadian work eligibility

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Proof of work options include any of the following:


Residency card

Birth certificate

Citizenship card

Work permit

3- Vehicle insurance

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Insurance must be in your name

Name must be legible

Vehicle insurance is required to drive with Uber.

Always consult with a qualified insurance broker to ensure that you have the proper liability coverage required to drive for a ride sharing service such as UBER.

4- Vehicle registration

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Must be in your name

Name must be legible

Vehicle registration is required to drive with Uber in Ottawa and Barrhaven.

5- Ottawa Police Records Check with Vulnerable Sector form

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  • You must complete and pass a Police Records Check with the Vulnerable Sector form. The results will be in the form of a two-sided document. Please upload both sides separately.
  • Your name must be visible on the front of the document
  • You must complete and pass a Police Records Check with the Vulnerable Sector form. The results will be in the form of a two-sided document. Please upload both sides separately.
  • The back of the document must have the correct box checked
  • The back must include the Police Officer’s signature, license number and the seal must be visible

6- Vehicle Inspection: Safety Standards Certificate (SSC)

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All vehicles must pass a safety inspection and receive a Safety Standards Certificate (SSC).

Visit any vehicle inspection licensed by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO).

Must be completed with the last year. Valid for 1 year.


UBER offers a great employment opportunity for those who enjoy driving and choosing their own working hours. It’s a job that caters to your schedule, which is also an important consideration. Is it for everyone? Probably not. But if you’re looking to earn a decent income while being your own boss, it’s worthy of consideration.

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