BusinessPersonal FinanceRide-hailing apps in Kenya: How to make some extra cash

SpenderrificNovember 12, 2019101711 min

If you are looking for a way to make some extra income or even a full-time gig, working as a cab driver might be it. The taxi business in Kenya has evolved over the years, thanks to the rise of ride-hailing apps. As a cab driver with these ride-hailing apps, you can consider yourself self-employed. Working with taxi-hailing apps will not only give you more earning potential but also flexible hours. So, if you have a car and are looking for ways to make some extra money or a full-time self-employed gig, here’s how you can become a driver for three of Kenya’s top ride-hailing apps.


Uber is one of the biggest rides hailing apps in Kenya and around the world. It is a bit more expensive on average. However, as a driver, you get to enjoy 24/7 support, GPS tracking, and emergency assistance. For drivers, partnering with Uber is quite easy even if you don’t have a car below are the requirements for Uber Kenya:

  • Sign up using your email address on Uber.
  • After that, you need to upload some documents. These include:
  1. National ID card proving that you are over 24 years old.
  2. A valid PSV driving license.
  3. A driver profile photo. This should be a front-facing centered photo which is well-lit and has no other subject in the frame. It cannot be a driver’s license photo or any other printed photograph.
  4. Uber also conducts a safety screening and Certification session, which you have to pass to be considered as a driver.
  • The next step is to get a vehicle. Uber only accepts cars that have the model year 2006 or newer. You also need to attach the following vehicle documents to your application:
  1. The motor vehicle registration book
  2. PSV Insurance
  3. Inspection report of your report
  4. A business Permit
  5. Partner National ID

There are two vehicle options for you: UberX and UberCHAPCHAP. If you own a spacious station wagon or a sedan with an engine of 1300CC and above, then this is the ideal option for you. The vehicle should accommodate at least 4 people and have working windows and air conditioning. UberCHAPCHAP, on the other hand, requires a car with an engine capacity of at least 1300CC and below.

Once you are sure you meet the above minimum requirements, all that’s left is for you to sign up, await approval, and start making money as an Uber driver.

Sign up to partner with Uber as a driver.


Another ride-hailing cab you can make money with is Bolt, formerly known as Taxify. Bolt offers clients a cheaper option of getting around at their convenience compared to Uber. Bolt drivers have the option of using cars or boda boda’s to get people around and earn money. For car drivers, the requirements are:

  • First, signup and create a free driver account on the Bolt website.
  • After that, you need to upload clear pictures of the following to be considered:
  1. The vehicle
  2. Passport photo
  3. National ID
  4. Police Clearance Certificate
  5. Vehicle Logbook
  6. Driver’s normal driving license
  7. Driver’s PSV driving license
  8. NTSA sticker/ report
  9. PSV insurance sticker
  • Vehicles used must have the model year 2007 or newer.

Bolt also conducts training for drivers.

For boda boda drivers, the requirements are:

  • Signup on the Bolt platform.
  • Upload the following documents to your account:
  1. Driving Permit
  2. Third-Party Insurance
  3. National ID
  4. PSV Driving License
  5. First Aid training certificate
  • The bike used should not be more than 4 years old and should come with 2 helmets, 2 reflector jackets, a First Aid kit, and a hairnet.

Sign up here and start making money with Bolt.

Little Cab 

Little Cab is partly owned by Safaricom, which gives it a bit of an edge over its competitors when it comes to technology. Like their competitors, Bolt, Little also has an option for one to register as a boda boda rider. It is very fast, easy to use, and does not have price surges. To be a Little Cab driver, below are some of the requirements and what you need to do is:

  • Register on the Little Cab website.
  • Upload the following documents to your account:
  1. Valid Certificate of Good Conduct – 6 Months
  2. A valid Driving License – PSV approved
  3. Have a valid PSV Badge
  4. A photo
  5. Your national ID
  • You should also provide the PSV insurance, NTSA sticker, and logbook of the vehicle used.
  • Little Cab conducts training for drivers before your account can be activated.
  • Have an android phone, 6.0 and above.
  • Your car needs to meet the below requirements too:
  1. NTSA sticker
  2. PSV insurance
  3. Have a log- if it is not yet put, you will need to attach the importation documents of the vehicle. If the logbook is not under your name, you are required to attach an authorization letter or a sales agreement.

Sign up here and start making money with Little.

Making money on a full-time or part-time basis in Kenya is possible. As a cab driver, these three apps have redefined how we travel within the city, and how to make money. You get to control when you work, where you work, and how you work. You can settle for one, but it also does not hurt to sign up with all the apps to better your chances. It will also give you more options between the three apps, especially during peak hours. Sign up today and start making money on your terms.

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