Can you wear a hat while driving for Uber?

I recently started driving for Uber as a side gig, and I picked up a passenger who told me that Uber drivers are not supposed to wear hats. It is my car, after all, so I think I should be able to wear what I want. Do Uber drivers have a dress code?

Kevin Martinez · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Yes, you can wear a hat while driving for Uber. In fact, you can wear anything you’d like.
When you sign up to be a driver for Uber (or any other rideshare company), you are considered an independent contractor, not an official employee. As such, there is no dress code.
However, keep in mind that the way you dress could affect your driver rating. So, it’s always best to avoid wearing anything considered controversial or potentially offensive.
Anytime you accept an Uber request, both you and the passenger have the ability to rate one another. If the passenger feels that you are not appropriately dressed, you could take a hit on your rating.
Note that some cities, like New York, require all Uber drivers to carry commercial insurance. Whether or not that’s the case where you’ll be driving, make sure you, your car, and your passengers are covered by securing adequate car insurance.
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