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Uber Nigeria car requirements 2020 & How much you can earn from Uber business?

By Jane Osuagwu
Publish on November 29, 2018

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Uber driving is a lucrative business in Nigeria with an average weekly salary of a driver is between ₦60,000 to ₦120,000. If you want to become an Uber driver here in Nigeria, then you should read the Uber Nigeria car requirements 2020 now! The post includes Uber requirements for cars, and things you should know about Uber drivers in Nigeria.


Uber taxi cab business is now a lucrative business that's creating many job opportunities for the unemployed here in Nigeria. The teeming population and people’s desire for a comfortable ride service has made the Uber business to spread to the major metropolis such as Lagos, Abuja and other cities in Nigeria. With the recent popularity of Uber ridesharing services, some people have put up a claim on how Uber business is too difficult to start and operate.

That is because they lack the latest updated necessary information, i.e Uber Nigeria car requirements 2020, to put them on the right track. But not to worry if you are facing such situation, because Naijauto.com will provide you with the relevant information you need to help you get started on becoming an Uber driver in Nigeria. 

1. Uber Nigeria car requirements 2020

As mentioned above, Uber Nigeria doesn't accept every type of vehicle. So, what cars are accepted by Uber? In general, your car must meet the following requirements:

  • Not older than 2000 model year
  • Is a 4-door sedan
  • In good working condition and cosmetic condition
  • Able to carry at least 4 passengers
  • Has a functional windows, air conditioning and radio

** Note: The following vehicles are NOT eligible for Uber in Nigeria:

  • 2-door cars
  • Full-size trucks or vans
  • Taxies, government owned vehicles and other marked vehicles
  • Salvaged, accidented or rebuilt vehicles

Which car is best for Uber in Nigeria?

A car with good fuel economy is what every driver desires to have. As an Uber driver, all your earnings won't be going to fuelling only the car. Besides, as the car is used for commercial purpose, it needs to get serviced more often, so a car which is easy to maintain is ideal. Here are the list of cars that meet both criteria well:


  • You can be paired with Uber partners looking for drivers if you don't have your own car.
  • The income of an average Uber driver (see down below) can pay off a car loan of ₦2million in 6 months if you drive yourself, or in 18 months, if you rent a driver.

List of Uber accepted cars


Uber X is the entry level service of Uber. It is the most affordable option for Uber riders, hence the most popular. The cars that are eligible for UberX are as below:

Eligible cars for UberX
Brand Accepted models
Acura RDX, TL
Audi A4
BMW 3 series
Chevrolet Cruze, Epica
Chrysler 300
Dodge Charger
Ford Focus, Fusion
Geely MK
Honda Accord, Crosstour, CR-V, Civic, Element
Hyundai Elantra, Accent, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tuscon, Veracruz
Infiniti Q50
Jeep Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot
Kia Optima, Rio (2014-newer), Sedona, Sorento, Sportage
Lexus ES350, GS350
Lincoln MCK, MKS
Mazda CX-5, CX-7, CX-9, Mazda 6
Nissan Maxima, Murano, Rogue, Xterra
Toyota Avalon, Avensis, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Prius, RAV4, Venza
Volkswagen Jetta, Tiguan, Touareg


UberSelect is the more premium service of Uber. It offers riders with professional drivers and luxury cars. Find below the models accepted by UberSelect:

Eligible cars for UberSelect
Brand Accepted models
Acura MDX, RL, RLX
Audi A6, A7, Q5, S6, S7, S8
BMW 5 series, 7 series, X3, X4, X5, X6
Cadillac cts
Dodge Durango, Journey
Ford Edge, Explorer, Expedition
Infinity JX, M, M35, M37, M45, M56, Q56, Q60
Land Rover LR4, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport
Lexus 570, GS 450, GS 460, LS 460, RX350, RX450
Lincoln MKT, MKX
Mercedes-Benz E-Class, G-Class, GL-Class, M-Class
Porsche Cayenne, Panamera
Rolls Royce Ghost, Phantom
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Toyota Land Cruiser

2. Uber Nigeria requirements for drivers - How do I become an Uber driver in Nigeria?

To become a Uber driver in Nigeria, you must:

  • Have a valid driving license in Nigeria
  • Be 21 years old or older

Ok so I have a good car and a driving license, now how do I register with Uber? It isn't complicated as long as you follow these steps:

Step 1: Get your vehicle inspected

Uber partners must get their vehicles inspected at Uber partner inspection centres for a fee of N2000. Below are the lists of all Uber inspection centres so you can find the nearest one. You must contact them to book an inspection.

Step 2: Prepare your documents and upload to Uber

Once you have all the documents, you should upload them to your account. Watch the tutorial below:

How to load your documents | Uber Support

Step 3: Sign up on Uber online platform

Once your documents are ready, then go to the Uber website to sign up at 


Step 4: Onboard process

After you've signed up and uploaded the necessary documents, you’ll go through what they call the onboarding process. It’s a means Uber uses to ensure the proper qualification of drivers and also to meet Uber standards for its riders.

To get through this step, you must have registered as a driver on the Uber platform with your documents uploaded. Uber drivers here, go through a general knowledge test such as their usage of the Uber mobile app, knowledge of the city you will be operating in and aptitude test. The drivers also go through a psychometric test.

Step 5: Uber background check

This is the final step to your signup process. The Uber background check is about going through the documents you made available in step 1 to check:

  • Criminal history
  • Motor vehicle record
  • A thorough check of your driving record


Your driving record will be checked carefully before you can work with Uber

3. FAQs and facts Uber drivers should know

How much do Uber drivers make weekly in Nigeria?

An average Uber driver can earn around ₦62,000. You can see below for how we come up with this number.

What percentage does Uber take in Nigeria?

75% of the earning is kept back by Uber drivers, while Uber takes 25%.

How do I get paid?

Weekly payments are made on Thursdays after you've been sent a report of your weekly activities and supposed earnings.

Fuelling the car can cost35,000 per week

It's a lot of driving, so get ready to fuel the car. But the cost depends on car type, size of engine and trips made.

Half of Uber riders in Nigeria pay with cash

Some people are still skeptical about online transactions, so paying in cash is a safe option for them. Get ready to give out a change of different denomination.

Hotels and shopping centers are great places to get riders

A recently published post by Uber on top destinations to get riders in Lagos, has hotel making up 28.1% and shopping malls,26.1%. They are great places to get request.

4. Uber business in Nigeria - How much can I earn?

How much does Uber driver make weekly in Nigeria?

This is not a generalized earning as a number of factors can determine how much you can earn, such as:

  • location (Lagos is more lucrative than Abuja)
  • the number of trips you are able to make
  • the number of hours you work

Due to the fierce competition faced now by Uber from other ridesharing services like Taxify and Oga Taxi, Uber has reduced their service rates across Lagos by 40%.

UberX Lagos rate is ₦200 as the base fare, ₦60 per km and ₦11 per minute. If an Uber driver makes an average of 2 rides each hour, he can earn about ₦2066 per hour. And if he is to work for 30 hours weekly, he will earn ₦61,980. His take home at the end of the month will be ₦247,920.

This monthly salary, however, excludes fuel, Uber 20% fee, taxes, and car maintenance. This is a lucrative business. And one even gets to earn higher if he drives his own car. 

5. Things you might not know about Uber

Uber is a taxi cab transportation and delivery network company from the stables of Uber Technologies Inc, which makes use of the online platform to help passengers link up with drivers who use their personal car. Uber, as a ridesharing network company, was founded in 2009 with its base in San Francisco, California. They moved into Africa in August 2013 and was launched in Nigeria in July 2014. The peak economical and efficient services they provide which brought a change in the economy is now cited as Uberisation.

Uber was launched in Nigeria in July 2014

While Uber riders get to know how much they will be paying for a taxi ride, Uber also has a dynamic pricing model where the prices of fares are increased when the demand for an Uber ride becomes high,  meaning that the same route will be charged at different price rate based on the availability and request for Uber drivers when the ride was requested. Uber has different payment preference for passengers, which ranges from Google Pay, the credit card on file, cash to Apple Pay.

6. Uber Nigeria contacts


  • Address: Retail unit no. 5. Second upper floor, Maryland Mall, 350/360 Ikorodu Road
  • Working hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9am - 4pm

Friday: 9am - 3pm


  • Address: Top Floor, Jabi Lake Mall, Bala Sokoto Way, Abuja
  • Working hours: 

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4pm

Friday: 9am - 3pm







7. Conclusion

Uber Nigeria ridesharing service is a profitable business one can engage in, here in Nigeria. It isn't difficult to start or operate, as long as you know how to become an Uber driver and the Uber Nigeria car requirements 2020. With the information on this post, you are on your next step towards becoming an Uber driver and also earning from it. For car tips and advice to help you maintain your Uber car, don't forget to check out some useful posts here on Naijauto.com.

Jane Osuagwu

Jane Osuagwu is an automotive writer at Naijauto.com.She's a car enthusiast who loves creating educative and informative topics on cars, ranging from maintenance tips to updates on the latest trend in the auto industry in mechanically yet friendly writing. 

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