Become an Uber Driver in Darwin
The first step to signing up to become an Uber in Darwin is to set up an account.
But before you do that, let us make sure you have everything you need as many people have paid for various tests and reports and spent several hours running around only to find out there was something that prevented them from driving, which if they knew at the start would have helped them to decide if they should apply.
Pre-Sign Up Check List
The following things will most likely prevent you from being able to sign up to drive for Uber or any other rideshare company. If you are not sure that about something, head into the Green Light Hub (Uber’s support office) and ask before you go any further.
Car Type & Age
Your car must be less than 10 years old, have 4 doors and no cosmetic damage or signage.
Your Age & License
Taking the Next Step
After that, you will need to go through several steps as outlined below, and this may take a couple of weeks to complete so don’t hesitate. Some of these steps, such as the national police check, are incorporated into the Uber application to assist with the process.
Getting Your Paperwork Ready
Every state has different requirements (Hoops to jump through) to become a rideshare driver. For the Northern Territory, you are required to hold a Commercial Passenger Vehicle ID with endorsement H (
Applying for the Commercial Passenger Vehicle ID
Before you can apply for the
Step 1 - Obtain a National Police Check from SAFE NT
Every state of Australia is part of a national database of criminal history, which you will need to pass to be able to drive for Uber. Official NT Police checks can be done online at this nt.gov.au page, or you can download the forms and do them offline. You will require the working with children check as well as the basic criminal history check.
Step 2 - Obtain a Medical Assessment of Fitness to Drive
Step 3 - complete and pass the Hire and Reward (‘h’ endorsement) Knowledge Test
The Northern Territory has a special endorsement for people driving a commercial vehicle called endorsement H. This is needed prior to applying for the
Step 4 - Obtain an Australian Business Number (ABN)
You will require to register for both an ABN and GST to drive for Uber. The GST is payable on every dollar that you earn, which is different to most businesses, where they don’t pay until they turnover at least $75,000. For the taxi and rideshare industry, you have to pay the 10% from your first dollar as detailed here. Yes this is not fair but it’s the law!
Step 5 - Apply for the Commercial Passenger Vehicle ID (CPVID)
Step 6 - Vehicle Safety Inspection
The vehicle inspection checks that the car is safe to carry passengers. Common checks are tyres, light, oil leaks and major damage. I personally did not pass one inspection because of a chip in the windscreen that was so small I did not know it was there!.
Step 7 - Apply for the Commercial Vehicle License (CVL)
Step 8 - Upload your approved documents to Uber
You are now almost ready to drive but there are two more steps. If you have not yet registered to drive with Uber do this now.
After registering, follow this link first Upload all of the documents to your Uber account via this page and wait got their approval email to come. Once approved, Uber will email you and you are ready to earn some money.
There are costs associated with getting registered as an Uber driver and they average around $250-300.
This may sound like a lot up front but it is likely you will have made this back in the first two weekends if you only work Friday and Saturday nights!