What does it take to become an Uber or Lyft driver?
As ride-share companies like Lyft and Uber, become more popular in the Interior, many are asking what are the requirements t drive for these companies?
With both Lyft and Uber, company drivers must be 21 years-of-age and have been driving for at least a year, or 3 years with Uber if you're under 23.
With Lyft, as part of their approval process, drivers undergo a DMV check, plus a national and local background check.
After signing up with Uber, potential drivers take a few minutes to start a screening online.
The screening reviews a person's driving record and criminal history.
A car inspection, a photo copied license, registration, and proof of insurance are also required to drive for these ride share companies.
As for taxis, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles' website, in Fairbanks, drivers must be at least 21 years-old to hold a chauffeur license.
Generally, to qualify for a chauffeur's license, you'll need to hold a valid Alaska driver's license, be a resident of the city in which you are applying for the license, have a clean driving record, and pass a background check.
Applicants must also complete a taxi-chauffeur for hire training.
After reaching out to five Fairbanks taxi companies, and even a few Anchorage companies, none were able to give comment at this time about the difference in requirements.