Only a few people are aware of Didi in New South Wales (NSW), a ride-sharing startup company headquartered in Beijing, China. A company that force Uber to leave China by acquiring its operation in the country in 2016.

In Australia, Didi starts with Melbourne in mid-2018 and reunited with their classic competitor, Uber. When this service was first launched, the ride-hailing app can only be used in the state of Victoria (Melbourne and Geelong). However, it’s now already available in Sydney and Newcastle – NSW too.

Not only rivalling with Uber, in Sydney and Newcastle, Didi also has to compete with Ola, Taxify, GoCatch and other smaller ride-hailing startup companies.

The launch of a new ride-booking can be an advantage for the community considering that there are more transportation options. The operation of the new rideshare service can also be an opportunity for people who live in the city, as there is a new chance to become a rideshare driver.

To sign up as a Didi driver in Sydney and Newcastle is fairly easy, even you don’t need to go outside since everything can be done with a PC or a smartphone.

In order to be approved by Didi, you have to prepare various requirements, be it related to your personal information or documents of the vehicle.

Didi Driver Documents Requirements

Driver documents are required by Didi to find out your individual information. The requirements of these docs don’t only apply to Didi, but also all rideshare services to comply with the state’s regulatory.

The New South Wales Government has issued new regulations to control rideshare services. For that reason, in order to be able to provide rideshare services with Didi in the cities of Sydney and Newcastle, you must meet a number of requirements listed below:

  1. Driver Licence
    The required driver license is Full License (not Learner P1 or Provisional P2 License) and held it for at least 12 months. You also need to be 21 years old or above to register.

    Additional Requirement: PTLC (Passenger Transport Licence Code)
    Based on the most recent regulations from NSW Government, all rideshare drivers are required to apply the PTLC to their driver license to be able to provide passenger transport service.

    Fortunately, you don’t need to upload PTLC-related docs. Didi will check PTLC status for you. In case you don’t have it, they will contact you and will guide you through the process.

  2. Proof of Identity
    Proving your identity is essential when dealing with transport service, it’s also necessary to protect the Didi passenger and the driver-partner itself. The proof of ID can be a passport or a birth certificate.
  3. Driving Record
    Safety on the road is Didi’s top priority. The driving record can guide Didi to make a decision whether you eligible to pick up passengers with them or not.

    Generally, the rideshare company only requires you to get an online type of driving record that can be purchased online.

  4. Background Check
    Another effort being taken by Didi to provide security to its users is by background checking its drivers before joining their platform. Don’t get worried, if you don’t have it yet, they will inform you then assist you to obtain it.

Didi Car Requirements in Sydney and Newcastle

In addition to regulations relating to driver’s personal information, Didi also has requirements related to your vehicles.

The car requirements applied to ensure that your car is ready to pick up the passenger and also ready to hit the road in New South Wales.

At this time Didi only has one vehicle option in Australia, which is Didi Express. An economy ride-booking service comparable to UberX.

  1. Basic Requirements
    The basic requirements in question are listed below:
    The car at least 10 years old or less, in 2018 the minimum car age is 2008.
    It’s in a good working condition including the Air Conditioning and the windows, and make sure the vehicle does not have significant cosmetic damage.
    A 4 doors car that accommodates up to 4-7 passengers excludes the driver.
    It’s not a taxi, ex-taxi, government or a rebuilt vehicle.
  2. Vehicle Registration
    The NSW Government requires every vehicle that provides passenger transport services to be registered in the state. For this reason, you need to prepare a NSW-registered Vehicle Certificate to meet this regulation.
  3. Vehicle Insurance
    Your car must be equipped with a Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance in order to meet state regulations and insure you and passengers when bad things happen on the road.
  4. Car Inspection
    Before approving you as their driver-partner, you need to pass car inspection or better known as a pink slip or an eSafety inspection report. The report is useful to determine the condition of your vehicle and ensure that all parts of the vehicle are functioning properly.

    However, it is not required for vehicles manufactured between 2010 – 2012 and new cars that manufactured this year.

Eligible Car Models for Didi

Similar to Ola, Didi did not point out car brands and eligible models to be registered with them. At Didi official website, they only mention vehicle requirements that we have mentioned before.

When signing up on the web, you can choose car brands and models from the list chosen by Didi. You can find almost all brands of cars there, so it’s likely that all cars that are officially sold in Australia can be used.

Payment Information

Didi payment will be automatically transferred to your specified bank account on a weekly basis. To withdraw your driving earnings, they need payment information from you which include:

  1. Bank Account Information
    They need your Bank account details in Australia which include Bank Name, Bank Account Number. Almost all the most well-known banks in Australia can be used to receive payments from Didi.
  2. Australian Business Number
    The Australian Government requires you to have an Australian Business Number (ABN). It’s a unique 11 digit number that identifies your business. Applying for an ABN is quite easy, you can apply it online at the official website of the Australian Taxation Office.

Submit Didi Australia Driver Application

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Once you have every requirement in hand, which include personal docs, vehicle docs and payment details, it’s time for you to sign up. Just download the Didi Driver app or head over to Didi Global Registration page.

After uploading all the requirements, they will evaluate the docs you’ve submitted. Didi will get in touch with you via email about the status of your application.


Peta Douglas · April 5, 2019 at 5:53 pm

Hi I’m wanting to start driving for DiDi I’m currently an Uber Driver do I have to get another police check done because I have done all the requirements for Uber.

fawzia · July 17, 2019 at 11:33 am

Is it coming in Sydney including Auburn Granville or other suburbs

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