Can you drive for Grubhub with a DUI? It’s a question you might be wondering if you’re looking to earn extra money delivering with Grubhub. Here’s the answer. If you have a DUI on your record, you likely will not be able to get approved to deliver for Grubhub. That’s because Grubhub is pretty strict about moving violations like that. It doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get approved – but it will be difficult.
In this post, we’ll consider what Grubhub looks for in their background check and why it’s difficult to get approved to deliver with Grubhub if you have a DUI.
Can You Drive For Grubhub With A DUI?
As mentioned previously, if you have a DUI on your record, you’ll likely have a difficult time getting approved as a Grubhub driver. Anecdotally, this thread on Reddit has a few data points of people that were unable to get approved on Grubhub because of a past DUI.
That’s because the Grubhub background searches for felonies and major traffic violations, and unfortunately, if you have felonies or major traffic violations on your record, you likely won’t get approved.
That isn’t to say it’s impossible to get approved for Grubhub with a DUI, but you should anticipate that you probably won’t get approved.
Your best chance of getting approved with a DUI is if your DUI happened a long time ago. Apps like DoorDash look at your last seven years of criminal history and while Grubhub does not say how far it looks back, it’s reasonable to expect that they’ll have a similar time frame in their background check.
What Does The Grubhub Background Check Look For?
Grubhub utilizes Checkr, which is a third-party background check company that is used by most gig economy apps. The background check looks at your criminal history and your vehicle records. If you want, you can also review your background check after it’s completed by going to the Checkr candidate portal. If you notice any errors in your background check, it’s important to bring them up immediately and get your record fixed.
I was unable to find any specific information on how far back Grubhub looks. DoorDash and Uber Eats have similar background checks, however, and in those background checks, they look back seven years for criminal history and three years for vehicle history. Since all three of the major food delivery companies use Checkr to conduct their background checks, I would assume that Grubhub also looks back seven and three years respectively.
One other thing to note is that Grubhub automatically runs annual background checks on drivers. That means if you qualified initially, but then have an issue that might disqualify you from Grubhub, it’s possible you can get deactivated after you’ve been approved.
In other words, even if you do get approved, be aware that Grubhub runs annual background checks and you could get deactivated later if your background check turns up information that would disqualify you.
Getting Around The Grubhub Background Check By Signing Up As A Biker
There is one potential option that could help you get approved as a Grubhub driver, even if you have a DUI on your record. In some markets, Grubhub does let you sign up as a biker. While it’s no guarantee, it’s possible that Grubhub does not review your motor vehicle records if you’re signing up as a biker.
Unfortunately, a DUI may appear in your criminal history report, so even if you are signing up as a biker, you might still not get approved if it appears in your criminal history.
In addition, Grubhub doesn’t allow you to sign up to do deliveries with your bike in a lot of markets. This could limit your ability to sign up as a biker.
Grubhub is similar to other food delivery companies, and unfortunately, if you have a DUI on your record, you may have trouble getting approved to deliver for Grubhub.
That doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Your best chance if you have a DUI on your record will be if it happened a long time ago. Ideally, if it happened more than seven years ago, it might not appear on your background check.
In general though, if you have a DUI on your record (especially on your recent record), you can expect that you won’t pass the background check.