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How do I become a privately hired driver?

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To become a privately hired driver, you need to own a good working vehicle, have a valid driver's license and possibly have a smartphone before applying. While privately hired drivers are more popular in the United Kingdom as of 2014, services like Lyft and Uber are bringing the profession to the United States.

  1. Tune up your car

    Most privately hired driver companies prefer for their drivers to have vehicles that are in good working order. There's also a chance you need a vehicle that's a 2000 year model or newer. Keep your receipts for the repairs in case you have to submit proof that your car is in working order.

  2. Submit an application

    Once you've decided which privately hired driver company you would like to work for, submit an application. Most applications ask for your name, city, address, phone number and whether you have a commercial license. You may also need to have auto insurance, a valid state driver's licence, valid plates, current registration and a clean driving record.

  3. Download the app

    If the company finds passengers through a smartphone app, you must download it on your phone. The app might also be used for drivers to receive payments and rate passengers.

  4. Complete your welcome ride

    Depending on the company, drivers could have to complete a welcome ride with a veteran driver to get a better idea of what they can expect as a driver for that specific company. This also gives the company a better feel for you as a potential driver.

  5. Wait

    Once you've submitted your application, downloaded the app and completed your welcome ride, all you have left to do is wait. You might have to undergo a background check before you're hired, which can sometimes take as long as two weeks.


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