DoorDash is a food delivery apps that allows anyone with a vehicle to become an on-demand delivery driver. Customers order food with the DoorDash app and pay the driver a fee, and sometimes a tip. It’s easy to get hired, the pay is around $10–$15/hour, and you can set your own hours.
To get a DoorDash job as a driver, you’ll have to meet the requirements outlined below.
DoorDash driver and delivery partner requirements
- You must be 18 years or older
- Have access to a vehicle or bicycle
- Any car, truck, motorcycle, or scooter
- Own an iPhone or Android smartphone
- US Driver’s license
- Valid insurance — name on policy
- Provide a social security number (for a background check)
- Pass a background and driving record check
- Complete an orientation online or in person
Where can you drive for DoorDash?
Currently you can drive for DoorDash in these cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis / St. Paul, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Orange County, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose / Silicon Valley, SF East Bay, Seattle / Bellevue, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C.
DoorDash in Los Angeles and San Francisco – Best bonuses!
DoorDash is looking to add as many new Dashers as they can find in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and they’ve increased the new-Dasher bonus in LA and SF to all time highs. If you’re thinking about working for DoorDash and you’re in LA, SF, it’s worth a try.
If you’re thinking about starting with DoorDash, it’s a lot faster if you apply online then head to a DoorDash office to complete your application and pick up the gear you need to do the job.
Need to visit an DoorDash office in person?
DoorDash vehicle and bicycle requirements
Vehicle requirements are easy for DoorDash – Any working car or truck qualifies. You can also choose deliver with motorcycles, scooters, or bicycles. Bicycle delivery is only available in denser urban areas like San Francisco and Boston.
- No model year requirement
- No vehicle inspection
- No cosmetic requirements
- If your car runs and drives, it’s eligible
- Motorcycles and scooters qualify
- Bicycles qualify in some cities
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The DoorDash background and driving record check
DoorDash uses a third-party company called Checkr Inc. to run a background and driving record check. The DoorDash background check looks at the following:
The driving record check covers:
- No major violations (e.g. DUI, reckless driving, or driving with a suspended license)
- No incidents in the last 3 years if you have 2 years or less driving experience
- Drivers under 21 with more than 2 years driving experience can’t have more than 1 incident in the last 3 years
- No more than 2 moving violations if aged 21 or older
The background check covers:
- No violent crimes
- No sexual offenses
- No theft
- No property damage
- No felonies
To check the status of your background check: Visit applicant.checkr.com
How much do DoorDash drivers make?
DoorDash drivers typically earn around $8 – $15/hour. DoorDash pays drivers $1 + ‘pay boost’ + 100% of tips, with a minimum payout of $6/order. “Pay boost” is a calculation of variables like difficulty of the order, distance you’ll have to drive, etc. DoorDash drivers are independent contractors, so they have to pay for their own gas, insurance, and other expenses along the way.
What do DoorDash drivers do?
DoorDash drivers perform local delivery requests that are organized by the DoorDash app. Drivers schedule shifts in advance or drop into open shift slots if there are openings. At the start of the shift, drivers sign into the DoorDash app and wait to receive orders. Orders contain the location of the restaurant and pickup instructions. After picking up the order, the DoorDash app directs drivers to the customer.
Some cities require you to complete your application in person
Before you get on the road, some markets require that you visit an office to complete your application and complete a brief in-person or online orientation that helps familiarize you with the app and with the job you’ll be doing. The online orientation is a brief series of videos, and an easy quiz at the end.
While you’re at the office, you’ll receive insulated bags to transport food, and you’ll be asked to fill out a W-9 forms. In some markets your background check and driving record check consent forms are filled out in person.
In the orientation you’ll learn:
- How to schedule a delivery shift
- How to use the app to do delivery requests
- When and how to pay for orders with the special “Red Card” credit card
- How to get paid, how the payment system works
- How to get support
The in-person orientation only lasts about an hour, and at the end you’ll be given an insulated box and bags for food storage. The online orientation is much shorter, and afterward you will be asked to show up to a physical address to pick up your gear.
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