It’s a long process
If you think about it, being an Uber driver (or maintaining a fleet of cars for Uber) is actually a good business model. In fact, it is not surprising why people have a preference to use Uber or any transportation network company (TNC) for that matter.
As part of being curious, we did a quick research on how to apply for Uber as a driver. Turns out, it is one long process that has a strict set of requirements. Considering it will take a month before an applying Uber driver can do the LTFRB accreditation part, we still can’t figure why LTRFB is against TNCs like Uber.
That being said, let’s give you the complete lowdown on applying as an Uber driver, based on a detailed explanation by Ubermanilatips:
*LTFRB is currently not accepting applications for Grab as of the moment, so we are writing this as a guide should applications be accepted in the future.
Create your Uber profile
To start things off, you sign up at Uber Manila’s sign up page. Aside from putting the usual information, you also select your city of preference, your vehicle type (UberX or Uber Black), and your Partner account type (Partner-Driver or Partner-Operator).
As for the difference, it can be summed up as this:
- UberX are usually compact sedans and AUVs.
- Uber Black are usually SUVs or medium-sized sedans.
- Partner-Driver means you own the car and you are the one driving it.
- Partner-Operator means you own the car and you have a driver assigned to drive it.
Register your bank details
After registering your Uber profile, you go to the Banking menu. You will be brought to a different site, and this is where you input your banking details. A few notes:
- The name you register should be the same name of the bank account
- The name of the Uber partner and the name of the registered bank account need not be the same
- There are many banks to choose from, but they have different remittance policies.
Enroll as a driver (or assign drivers)
Before you can enroll as a driver (or assign drivers if you are a Partner-Operator), you will need the following requirements:
- Professional Driver’s License + OR
- NBI Clearance
- PNP Clearance (for LTFRB Compliance)
In addition, you need to provide the basic details like Driver Name, Cellphone Number, Email Address, Username and Password.
Enroll your vehicle(s)
Make sure you have the following requirements:
- Proof of Vehicle Registration: LTO Registration/ ORCR/ Sales Invoice
- Proof of Insurance: Comprehensive or TPL; Should have the same name as that found on your Proof of Vehicle registration.
- Four (4) Pictures of your vehicle: Front External View (License/CS visible), Rear External View (License/CS visible), Inside View Dashboard Console and Inside View Backseat
Also remember that before enrolling your vehicle, be sure that it is not older than three years. This means that if you created your Uber profile this month, the car(s) that you will register should not be older than 2014. Also note that Uber will deduct a Passenger Accident Insurance on your first payout, which is computed as Php 165 times the number of passengers your registered vehicle can carry.
Attend the orientation
Once you are done with your requirements, you (or the driver you have registered) will need to attend the On-Boarding Orientation at either in Taguig or Quezon City. Both are open to walk-ins, and should take you about an hour. Here are the location and details for the On-Boarding:
- Address: SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, BGC
- Monday – Friday: 10AM to 6PM (except non-working holidays)
- Saturday: 10am to 2pm (except non-working holidays)
- Address: Regus, 5th Floor Gateway Tower, Gen. Roxas Avenue cor. Gen. Aguinaldo Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, Manila
- Monday – Friday: 11AM to 6PM (except non-working holidays)
After this, Uber will do a background check and get back to you on the results after seven days.
Get your Uber-issued device
Once you are cleared, you have the option to claim your Uber-issued device to be used for Uber services. You can claim them at either Uber’s Taguig and Quezon City offices. Do note that 1) You cannot claim at Uber’s Quezon City office on Mondays, and 2) Claiming at Uber’s Taguig office is only from 11AM to 3PM. Also, note that representatives are not allowed to claim the devices.
Get accredited by the LTFRB
The final step is the most challenging part, as you will need to get accreditation from LTFRB before you can start accepting trips. These include applying for a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC), which is valid for one to two years. Here are the requirements for it:
In addition, you will need to allot around Php 1,560 for payment of permits. The breakdown is as follows:
- Filing for a CPC – P520
- Renewal of CPC – P520
- Filing for motions (PA permits, motions for reconsiderations, etc) – P260
- Renewal for filed motions – P260
Once done, you will wait (ideally) for 7 to 10 working days for your CPC to be processed. While waiting, LTFRB will give you a Provisional Authority (PA) permit, which is valid for 45 days. You will be needing the following requirements in order to obtain one:
- A motion for extension of provisional authority to be executed by a lawyer,
- OR/CR from LTO Registration
- Receiving copy of the application for CPC
- Government-issued ID
- Special power of attorney (for a representative)
- Receipt of the payment for motion
Once you are done will all of the processes, you are now ready to roam the streets as an Uber Driver. While its pretty tedious, this shows that Uber really cares about the quality of its partner-drivers, assuring the safety of its passengers.
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