Delivering for Postmates, DoorDash, and UberEATS is becoming more popular, especially for people who don’t have the right vehicle to drive for Uber and Lyft. Most cities in the US now have either Postmates, DoorDash, or UberEATS, so if you’re interested in trying delivery, learn the vehicle requirements and consider applying.
The vehicle requirements for Postmates and DoorDash are minimal: Any working vehicle qualifies and you can even deliver on a bicycle in some cities. UberEATS requirements can be different: Some cities allow any car, other cities require a vehicle that matches UberX requirements.
Postmates and DoorDash vehicle requirements
Postmates and DoorDash share similar requirements:
- Any car, truck, or van in any condition qualifies. The number of doors and passenger capacity doesn’t matter.
- You must have an in-state personal auto insurance policy covering at least the state minimum
- Your name must be on the insurance policy
- Your name does not have to be on the registration
- There is no vehicle inspection
Delivering on scooters, bicycles, and mopeds
You can use a bicycle or moped to deliver for Postmates and DoorDash in some larger cities. Neither company publishes a list of cities where you can use bicycles, so I asked and got an answer from DoorDash.
You can deliver for DoorDash on a bicycle in these cities
- Northern California, Peninsula
- New York
- DC (Washington DC)
When you apply to drive, there will be an option to select a bicycle as your vehicle those cities.
UberEATS vehicle requirements
Vehicle requirements for UberEATS can be more complicated because some cities allow you to drive only for EATS, while others require that you qualify for UberX too. If your city allows EATS-only applications, the vehicle standards are similar to postmates and DoorDash: Any working vehicle will do as long as you’re insured to drive. If your city requires you to qualify for UberX in order to do EATS, you’ll need to follow the regular Uber vehicle requirements, which require a newer vehicle and an inspection.
To find out if you can apply to drive for UberEATS only and not for UberX, you’ll have to contact Uber. Uber’s websites and help services aren’t very good at clearing this issue up for every city, so unfortunately you’ll have to ask Uber.
You have to pass a background and driving record check for all three companies
Postmates, DoorDash, and UberEATS use Checkr to run a background and driving record check. You will be disqualified for any major violations in the last 7 years: DUI, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and others. You’re also likely to be disqualified if you have more than 2 moving violations in the last 3 years.
Do you need special insurance to drive for delivery apps?
None of the delivery companies require commercial or rideshare auto insurance, but you may find that your personal auto insurance policy excludes delivery driving. Check with your insurance company, and seek out a ride share policy if you find that your current policy won’t cover you while you’re driving for delivery apps. Insurance companies typically only ask if you were driving for Uber or Lyft when you file a claim, so most delivery drivers don’t mention that they were driving for delivery.
Learn more about driving for Postmates, DoorDash, and UberEATS
I’ve described what all three jobs are like in more detail here:
- Driving for UberEATS: What it’s like delivery food for Uber
- Should you be a delivery driver for Postmates or DoorDash?