DoorDash is a food delivery app available in the US and Canada that allows anyone with a vehicle to become an on-demand delivery driver. Customers order food through the DoorDash app, and nearby DoorDash drivers pick up and deliver the food. Delivering for DoorDash is an appealing job because it is easy to get hired, the pay is around $10–$15/hour, and you can set your own hours.
To get a job as a DoorDash driver, you’ll have to meet the requirements outlined in this article. Many people will qualify for this job, so it’s a great option if you’re looking for work right now.
DoorDash Driver & Delivery Partner Requirements
- You must be 18 years or older
- Have access to a vehicle
- Any car, truck, or van qualifies
- You can deliver on a scooter or bicycle in some markets
- A valid driver’s license
- Current insurance — Name on policy
- Own an iPhone or Android smartphone to run the DoorDash partner app
- Complete an orientation or request an activation kit
- Apply here: Sign up for DoorDash
Where Can You Deliver For DoorDash?
DoorDash is currently available in many cities in the US and a few major cities in Canada. Click here to see list of all DoorDash markets in the US.
Visit a DoorDash office in person
DoorDash has offices where you can apply, learn more about the work, and complete an orientation. Find your local DoorDash office and learn more about DoorDash in your city at help.doordash.com/dashers.
DoorDash Vehicle Requirements
Vehicle requirements are minimal for DoorDash: Any working vehicle qualifies. You can also choose deliver with motorcycles, scooters, or bicycles in some markets.
- Any model year is acceptable
- There is no vehicle inspection
- There are no cosmetic requirements
- If your car runs and drives, it’s eligible
- Motorcycles and scooters qualify
- Bicycles qualify in some cities
More reading about vehicles for delivery apps and rideshare
- Vehicle requirements for DoorDash, UberEATS, and Postmates
- How to rent a car for Uber, Lyft, or other on-demand jobs
Can you deliver for DoorDash without a car?
Some larger urban markets allow delivery partners to use a bicycle or scooter to perform deliveries. If you don’t have access to a vehicle, it’s worth checking to see if you can deliver for DoorDash on a bike or scooter.
DoorDash doesn’t currently list cities that allow bicycles or scooters. To find out if you can deliver for DoorDash on a bicycle in your area, contact DoorDash at support@DoorDash.com. You can also begin begin the DoorDash application and check to see if delivering on a bicycle is listed as an option in the early steps of the application.
How Much do DoorDash Drivers Make?
DoorDash delivery drivers typically earn around $8 – $15/hour. Payout for deliveries is calculated according to a formula: Base pay + Promotions + Tips = Total Earnings. Base pay is a calculation of “time, distance, and desirability.”
Delivery partners see how much each delivery will pay before they accept the order. If a customer doesn’t leave a tip in the app, they will only receive the base pay, which is around $2 – $6.
Customers can leave a tip in the app when they place the order. If customers don’t tip before the order, the order payout may be low.
Promotions & Bonuses: DoorDash sometimes offers Peak Pay, a bonus added to each order during busy times and peak hours. An example of a Peak Pay offer is: “Earn $3 extra in Los Angeles between 11AM–2PM if you accept 80% of delivery opportunities.”
Pay period: DoorDash drivers are paid once weekly via direct deposit to a bank account. There is also an option to withdraw earnings instantly for a fee.
Taxes: DoorDash drivers are 1099 independent contractors, so you will have to pay for your own gas, insurance, and other expenses you run into along the way. Minimize your taxes at the end of the year by keeping track of all mileage during your shift using an app like Stride Tax.
The old pay model (Before Fall 2019): Payout for deliveries used to be calculated according to a formula: $1 + ‘pay boost’ + 100% of tips.
A guaranteed minimum payout was displayed for each delivery request. The guaranteed minimum was a calculation of variables such as difficulty of the order, distance you’ll have to drive, size of the order, and other factors.
Under the old model, if ‘$1 + tip‘ didn’t meet the guaranteed payout, DoorDash added a ‘pay boost’ to ensure that the payment reached the guaranteed minimum. Order payouts could exceed the guaranteed minimum if customers left a large enough tip.
What do DoorDash Drivers do? Description of a Typical Delivery
DoorDash drivers perform on-demand delivery requests that are organized by the DoorDash app. Drivers schedule shifts in advance or can drop into open shift slots if available. At the start of the shift, you sign into the DoorDash app and wait to receive orders. Orders contain detailed information about the location of the restaurant and pickup instructions.
Read more: How DoorDash drivers can get more hours
After you accept a delivery request, navigate to the restaurant and pick up the order using the information given to you inside the app. After picking up the order, the DoorDash app will direct you to the customer and give you any special instructions you’ll need to complete the delivery. You will be able to contact the customer if you need any more info about directions, parking, or gate access codes.
The DoorDash Orientation: Complete it in Person, or Request an Activation Kit
DoorDash requires Dashers to complete an in-person orientation or request an Activation Kit. Applicants schedule the orientation or select the Activation Kit option after the background check clears. Not all cities offer the Activation Kit option, so you may be required to attend the in-person orientation.
The in-person orientation covers: How to schedule hours, how to use the app to do delivery requests, when and how to pay for orders with the special “Red Card” credit card, how the payment system works, how to get support, and more. You will also receive your Red Card and a hot bag at the orientation.
The Activation Kit option replaces the in-person orientation. The kit contains a hot bag, the Red Card, and a Getting Started manual. You will know if the Activation Kit option is available to you during the Dasher signup process.
Interested in Other On-Demand Delivery Gigs?
- Should you be a delivery driver for Postmates and DoorDash?
- Driving for UberEATS: What it’s like to deliver food for Uber
- Other delivery: Deliv, Shipt, Amazon Flex
- Too young for Uber? Try these jobs instead