Can you do DoorDash with a DUI? You may be asking yourself this question if you’re looking to sign up for DoorDash, but you also have a DUI on your record.
The short answer is yes, you may be able to sign up as a Dasher with a DUI on your record. However, there’s no guarantee. If I had to guess, it’s probably a 50% chance of approval for most people, with your chances increasing or decreasing depending on how long ago the DUI occurred.
In this post, we’ll take a look at the question of whether you can do DoorDash with a DUI, looking at the factors that DoorDash considers, and what you can do if you’re in this situation.
Can You Do DoorDash With A DUI?
To sign up as a Dasher for DoorDash, you first have to go through a background check. DoorDash uses Checkr to do the background checks. It’s a service that almost every gig economy app uses to run background checks.
The background check looks at two things: (1) your criminal history, and (2) your motor vehicle record. DoorDash will always review your criminal history, but it won’t look at your motor vehicle history if you’re applying as a biker.
Here’s what matters if you do have potential issues to consider with your background check. First, DoorDash only looks at incidents that have occurred within the past seven years. Felonies, however, have no time limit and will likely automatically disqualify you from delivering for DoorDash.
Second, motor vehicle history only goes back three years, but DoorDash will look for DUIs within the past seven years. That means if you have had a DUI in the past seven years, you likely will have trouble getting approved. That being said, DoorDash does state that it only reviews motor vehicle history if you are applying to deliver using a vehicle (however, whether a DUI appears on your criminal history likely depends on how serious it was).
In addition to running a background check the first time you apply to be a Dasher, DoorDash also runs recurring background checks, typically once per year. This is automatic and you don’t need to do anything on your end. However, it means if you receive a DUI after you’ve been approved to do DoorDash, you could be deactivated later on.
What Can You Do If You Have A DUI?
If you have a DUI, you aren’t completely out of luck. There are a few options you can use to still try to get approved as a Dasher. These include the following:
1. Apply As A Biker
If you have a recent DUI on your record, your best bet to get approved is to opt to sign up as a biker on DoorDash. This is because DoorDash does not review your motor vehicle history if you apply as a biker.
In my opinion, biking is the optimal way to do deliveries in most large cities, mainly because you are more efficient, won’t have to worry about traffic or parking, and don’t have to worry about gas or other vehicle expenses. I only use a bike to do deliveries with DoorDash (and I’ve never had any DUIs – I do it out of choice). If you use an ebike, you can get the best of all worlds – fast, efficient transportation and you won’t get tired or sweaty.
That being said, there’s no guarantee that applying as a biker will get you approved for DoorDash even if you have a DUI. That’s because while DoorDash won’t review your motor vehicle history if you apply as a biker, it still will review your criminal history. If your DUI appears on your criminal history, you may still have issues.
Still, this is the first option I’d consider if you do have a DUI.
2. Provide A Letter Of Explanation
If DoorDash rejects your application because of your background check, you’ll receive a letter explaining why you were rejected (it’s called an adverse action notice). You’ll also receive instructions in the notice on how to appeal the decision.
If you have a good explanation or think further information could help, you can send a letter of explanation to DoorDash. There might be reasons why your DUI happened and DoorDash may approve you if you have a good explanation for it.
That being said, I consider the chances of getting your decision reversed slim, so I wouldn’t rely on this route, but it could be worth a shot if you have no other choices.
3. Sign Up For Other Delivery Apps
Finally, no matter what happens with your DoorDash application, it’s always worth applying to deliver with other delivery apps as well. Uber Eats and Grubhub both have similar criminal history and motor vehicle history requirements, but there’s always a chance that another app might approve you even if DoorDash won’t. You have nothing to lose other than the small amount of time it takes to apply.
If you have a DUI on your record, you’re going to face an uphill battle getting your DoorDash application approved. It’s not impossible, but you have to accept that a gig involving driving is going to have issues with someone who has a recent DUI.
DoorDash has a good FAQ that provides information about how their background check process works. I think it’s worth reviewing as well to get a better idea of how the background check process works. I also have a post I wrote about the DoorDash background check, which is worth reading as well.
One other option that you could consider, although I don’t recommend it, is to try to use someone else’s Dasher account. In theory, DoorDash does allow Dashers to subcontract their work to others. However, the independent contractor agreement requires any subcontractors to pass a background check too, so in theory, you can’t do it this way, but I thought I’d briefly mention it here.
But in short, if you do have a DUI on your record, your best bet is going to be to apply as a biker and see if you can get approved that way.