This article was last updated in November 2018. Deliv has made some recent changes to their driver app, which you can read more about under the ‘What it’s like to deliver for Deliv’ section.
Now that Amazon offers same-day delivery for just about every product imaginable, everyone from big retailers (like Best Buy) to mom and pop shops want to compete by offering similar delivery options. Instead of creating their own delivery networks, they are turning to outside help to offer delivery services. Deliv is a delivery service that allows companies to offer same-day delivery without having to set up their own delivery network, and they’re hiring drivers.
Deliv contracts with independent drivers to perform deliveries for local companies. It’s a flexible job in the same realm as Uber, Lyft, and delivery services like Postmates, DoorDash, and Amazon Flex. You set your own hours and get the job done using your car and an app.
The requirements to drive for Deliv are fairly easy: You only have to be 18 or older with a clean driving record and a vehicle that is no older than 15 years old. This article will fill you in on the full requirements, and give you a description of what the work is and how it stacks up to similar gigs. If you’d like to try it out, apply to drive for Deliv and use promo code ‘ridesharedriving.’ I’m affiliated with Deliv, so I may receive a commission if you apply with my link or use my promo code.
Requirements to drive for Deliv
One of the most attractive things about driving for Deliv is that that driver requirements are more lenient than ridesharing jobs. You don’t need to be very old, and you don’t need much driving experience.
- 18 years or older
- One year of driving experience
- Have access to a vehicle that is 15 years old or newer, with air conditioning
- Pass a background check and a driving record check
- Driver’s license
- Vehicle registration (doesn’t have to be in your name)
- Proof of auto insurance
- One year of driving experience
- You must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
- You can drive for Deliv in these cities
Because you are dealing with package deliveries, you don’t need to be very old, you don’t need much driving experience, and you don’t need a newer car. Uber and Lyft typically require cars that are 10 years old or newer, and vehicle rentals are very expensive. Deliv’s vehicle requirement will give a lot more people the opportunity to work with the vehicles they already own.
18 year olds can drive for Deliv, which makes this a great job opportunity for younger drivers. You have to be 21 or older to drive for Uber and Lyft, and if you’re under 23 both require that you have 3 years of driving experience. Deliv only requires one year of driving experience for applicants of all ages.
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How much do Deliv drivers get paid?
While you are making deliveries, you’ll be paid both an hourly “Time on Task” rate and a mileage rate of at least $0.50/mile. The Time on Task rate varies, but is typically $13 – $18. Deliv drivers can expect to make $15 – $22/hour.
Deliv offers a “Minimum Settlement Program,” which guarantees that even if you receive zero deliveries during your booked time, Deliv will pay you 50% of your Time on Task rate for that time. So if you booked four hours, and your Time on Task rate was $15, you’d still make $30 just for being available.
Earnings are paid weekly via PayPal. If you don’t already have a PayPal account, you’ll have to create one.
Although rates vary, dense cities that involve less driving between deliveries will offer a higher Time on Task rate to compensate for the low number of miles driven, while spread out cities will offer a lower Time on Task rate because the mileage payout will be higher.
What is the Deliv application process like? How do you get hired?
Deliv has an online onboarding process that’s easy to get through and is right on par with other similar services. Here’s what the process was like for me.
- Begin by filling out the online Deliv application. Select the service area you’ll be delivering in
- Upload photos of your license, registration, insurance
- Sign the terms of service
- Fill out your profile details
- Complete a brief certification process and take a quiz
- Wait for your background check to clear
- Download the app, and grab available hours. If hours are not available immediately, you can waitlist your desired availability and wait to have them verified
Note: There is a $38 background check and DMV record check fee that is deducted from your first two paychecks.
Where can you drive for Deliv?
Deliv is contracting drivers in most major cities in the US. Check the “For Drivers” page on the website to see whether Deliv is available in your city.
Deliv driving record check requirements
Deliv has driving record requirements that are very similar to Uber, Lyft, and other jobs that involve driving a vehicle. Here are the details:
- In the last 3 years: No more than two moving violations and no more than 1 at-fault accidents
- In the last 7 years: No DUI or impairment-related driving offenses
- In the last 5 years: No major incidents such as driving while impaired or in possession of drugs or alcohol, driving on a suspended license, felony involving a vehicle, reckless driving, speeding more than 25+ mph
What it’s like to deliver for Deliv: No hot food, no passengers
One of Deliv’s main selling points is being able to determine what hours you’ll be driving a week ahead of time. A lot of people like this because it allows them to have a more predictable schedule week-to-week. You can also check the app throughout the day to pick up hours as they become available.
When you start your confirmed hours, you will receive an optimized route through the Deliv app with detailed pick-up and drop-off instructions. The latest app update has made a lot of quality of life improvements, so deliveries are much more straightforward than before.
Scheduling hours: Deliv hours are 8am-8pm (6-midnight in NYC). You can either sign in and pick up hours if they are available, or you can schedule your hours in advance. You’ll get more hours if you schedule in advance, so Deliv recommends grabbing hours at the schedule rollouts on Tuesday nights.
If you choose to work on a given day, the minimum confirmed hour block you can work is 3-4 consecutive hours. There is no minimum number of hours required each week. You can work for Deliv whenever it’s convenient for you.
Performing deliveries: With the latest app update, you are now required to “Confirm” your availability 15 minutes prior to your confirmed hours. This tells Deliv’s dispatch team and the Deliv Platform that you are planning to head over to your first assignment.
By following instructions in the app, you’ll arrive at businesses to pick up deliveries, then drop them off to customers. The delivery radius you’ll be working in is around 15 miles, so don’t expect to go any further than that. You don’t handle any payment from the customer. Deliv does not deliver hot food, so most packages are boxed or bagged items.
With Deliv, the end customer sets their delivery window, and receives an email notification when you are on the way. It’s not an on-demand experience, so the passenger isn’t hovering over the app watching your every move. After the delivery is over, the customer can rate the experience, and they can leave a comment about the driver.
If you run into any issues while delivering, the app allows you to directly reach out to the customer or Deliv’s dispatch team.
How does insurance work with Deliv?
Deliv requires that you have auto insurance, up to the state minimum. If an incident were to occur, Deliv will cover you with their own insurance policy only if your personal insurance denies the claim.
Deliv’s insurance policy for delivery partners has these features:
- Liability policy covers $1,000,000 per accident
- Collision policy that has a $2500 deductible and a max payout of $50,000, but they only offer this policy if you also have collision on your own insurance policy. So if your personal policy is liability only, you don’t get the collision coverage.
- Deliv’s policy is in effect from the time you pick up your first item until the time you deliver your last package for the day
Important: Your personal policy likely doesn’t cover you while you’re working for Deliv. This type of work is typically considered commercial work, so it’s possible that your insurer can deny your claim in the event of an accident and cancel your policy. Call an insurance agent in your state to see if there are policies that cover this type of work.
How does Deliv compare to Postmates, DoorDash, Amazon Flex, UberEATS, and other delivery platforms?
The major difference between Deliv and on-demand services like Postmates, DoorDash, and UberEATS is Deliv’s Minimum Settlement Program, which guarantees that you’ll get paid half of your Time on Task rate even if you don’t get any deliveries.
With Postmates, DoorDash, and UberEATS, you can begin or end your shift whenever you want, but you’re only paid if you get delivery requests. It’s possible to earn little or nothing on a very slow day working for on-demand apps, but with Deliv you’ll always earn the minimum settlement amount as long as you’re signed in and available to do deliveries.
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Your earnings with Deliv will be more stable than your earnings with on-demand apps because of the Minimum Settlement Program. But the tradeoff is that you may not be able to work whenever you want. Shifts are limited. Those two facts make Deliv a lot more like Amazon Flex, which also requires scheduled hours and pays a guaranteed minimum.
Deliv only delivers packages, so you won’t have to deal with passengers or busy restaurants. That’s a big plus if you don’t want to deal with the stress of people who are late, or worry about finding a big mess in your car. You’ll also avoid any hungry customers hovering over the app, waiting for you to deliver their lunch.
Overall, Deliv is a good option if you’re looking for flexible work that pays a more predictable wage than Uber and Lyft. I especially recommend it if you’re a younger driver, or if your car doesn’t qualify for rideshare.