How to Become a Lyft or Uber Driver-Partner in Atlanta

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Atlanta skyline at nightAtlanta can be confusing to navigate if you’re not a local. The city isn’t laid out in the traditional grid-like pattern, and there are few rectangular blocks or square intersections. This means people visiting Atlanta are using ride-sharing more often than renting a car themselves. If you are familiar with Atlanta’s roads or are willing to learn more about them, this may be the job for you. There is a high demand for Uber and Lyft drivers in Atlanta and you can find out how to become a driver below.

Atlanta Driving Stats

  • Atlanta drivers average 7.1 years between claims in comparison to the national average of 10 years1
  • Atlantans are 40.7% times more likely to report a claim compared to the United States’ average
  • Of the 200 largest U.S. cities, Atlanta ranks 184th for best drivers in 2016, which is a drop from 179th in 2014 and 2015
  • Lyft driver in Atlanta averages $14 to $19 per hour2
  • Driving Uber in Atlanta average $11 to $13 per hour3
  • In 2013, Interstate 285, which surrounds Atlanta, was ranked #1 for deadliest interstates in America4
  • Atlanta is the 9th city is the world for hours spent in congestion at 70.8 hours per commuter per year5

Atlanta Driver and Vehicle Requirements for Lyft and Uber

When you drive for Lyft or Uber there are requirements you and your vehicle must meet. Below are some of the key points you’ll need to know ahead of time.

Lyft Driver Requirements Atlanta

Lyft logoClick Here to Apply to Become a Lyft Driver

Lyft Line, Lyft, Lyft Plus and Lyft Premier are available for driving Lyft in Atlanta.

  • If picking up at ATL, your vehicle must be 2010 or newer, and you must have ATL airport placard hanging from rear view mirror
  • You can drop off at ATL if your vehicle is 2009 or older
  • Driver must be 21 years old
  • Pass background checks
  • Have an iPhone or Android smartphone
  • Vehicle must have at least 4 doors
  • Vehicle must have 5-8 seats
  • Vehicle must be 2005 or newer

Read the full list of Lyft driver Atlanta requirements.

Uber Driver-Partner Requirements Atlanta

Uber logoSign Up to Become an Uber Driver-Partner

You can drive Uber Atlanta with UberX, uberXL, uberSELECT, uberBLACK and uberSUV.

  • If picking up at ATL, your vehicle must be 2010 or newer and display the Uber decal and ATL hang tag
  • Driver must be 21 years old
  • Pass background checks
  • Have a smartphone
  • Vehicle must have 4 doors
  • Vehicle must have at least 4 seats
  • Vehicle must be 2002 or newer

To be an Uber driver-partner in Atlanta check out the full list of Uber requirements.

Best Places Drive with Uber and Lyft in Atlanta

Below are some of the best places to drive for Uber and Lyft during certain times of the day or while events are going on. It’s important to drive during the right time and around the right places or you won’t make as much money.


Some of the best times to drive during the daytime are during commute hours: 6am to 9am and 4pm to 8pm. Drive around these places during these hours.

  • Lenox Mall
  • Perimeter Mall
  • Georgia Tech
  • Emory University
  • Westin Peachtree Plaza


Check out some of these venues from 11pm to 3am.

  • The Ivy
  • Big Sky Buckhead
  • Dark Horse Tavern
  • RiRa Irish Pub
  • W Hotel Whiskey Park


Cruising around before and after sporting events and concerts can get you quite a few trips.

  • Ponce City Market
  • Piedmont Park
  • Buckhead Atlanta
  • Atlantic Station

Atlanta Venues

In general, stay up to date with events going on at these popular venues.

  • Philips Arena
  • Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • Lakewood Amphitheatre Atlanta
  • Chastain Park Amphitheatre
  • Tabernacle Atlanta
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • World of Coca-Cola
  • SunTrust Park (Uber has a dedicated lane)

Popular Hotels

These hotels are also recommended to drive around for pickups.

  • Marriott Marquis
  • Hilton Atlanta
  • Hyatt Regency Atlanta
  • Westin Peachtree Plaza
  • Lowes Hotel
  • Georgian Terrace Hotel
  • Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

Tips for Atlanta Uber and Lyft Drivers

This man has some firsthand experience for Uber and Lyft drivers in the Atlanta area.

Drive Whenever Your Schedule Allows

As you can see, there are many options for driving in Atlanta. It’s a large city with high demand for ride-sharing and you can easily make money when you’re not busy with other things. If you’re saving up for a down payment on a house or a new car, this is an excellent way to get money quicker.

Why are you interested in driving with Uber or Lyft in Atlanta?

Sources [1] Allstate, [2] GlassDoor, [3] GlassDoor, [4] Vox, [5] INRIX

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