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 and 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
- Provide a social security number for a background check
- Pass a background and driving record check
- Complete an orientation online or in person
- Start here: Sign up for DoorDash online
Where can you drive 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.
DoorDash in Los Angeles and San Francisco – Best bonuses!
DoorDash wants 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 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
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Which cities allow bicycle delivery for DoorDash?
Some larger urban markets allow delivery partners to use a bicycle or scooter to do 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.
To find out if you can deliver for DoorDash on a bicycle in your area, head to dasherhelp.doordash.com and search for ‘bicycle.’ Scan the search results for information about your city. 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.
The DoorDash background and driving record check
DoorDash performs a background screening on all applicants by contracting a third-party background check company. When you apply online, you will be asked to consent to the background screening. You will need to provide your social security number to begin the screening process.
The Doordash driving record check screens for:
- No major violations in the last 7 years (e.g. DUI, reckless driving, or driving with a suspended license)
- No more than 3 non-major incidents in the last 3 years
The DoorDash background check uses the following criteria:
- Considers arrests or criminal accusations within the past 7 years.
- Pending issues and convictions are considered
How much do DoorDash drivers make?
DoorDash delivery drivers typically earn around $8 – $15/hour. DoorDash pays drivers according to a formula: $1 + ‘pay boost’ + 100% of tips. Before you accept a delivery, a guaranteed minimum payout amount will be displayed. If ‘$1 + your tip‘ doesn’t reach the guaranteed payout, DoorDash supplements the delivery with a ‘pay boost’ to make your payment meet the guaranteed minimum. The guaranteed minimum payout is a calculation of variables like difficulty of the order, distance you’ll have to drive, size of the order, and other factors.
DoorDash offers other payment features to incentivize delivery partners to drive during busy times and peak hours. Busy Pay is a bonus offered in addition to the guaranteed minimum during times of high demand.
You are paid once weekly via direct deposit to a bank account. 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.
What do DoorDash drivers do?
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.
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 online
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 a quiz at the end.
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 30 minutes. You may be asked to fill out a W-9 tax form and a consent form for the background check. If you pass the background screening, you will be mailed an activation kit that contains and insulated delivery bag and other small items you will need to perform deliveries.
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