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 gig because it is easy to get hired, the pay is around $10–$15/hour, and you can set your own hours.
To work as a DoorDash driver, you’ll have to meet the requirements outlined in this article. Many people qualify, so it’s a great option if you’re looking for work right now.
Covid-19 Update: DoorDash is hiring many new drivers to meet the increased demand for delivery due to Covid-19. In many markets, DoorDash has enabled “Open Scheduling,” so Dashers no longer need to schedule delivery shifts.
- DoorDash Driver Requirements
- DoorDash Vehicle Requirements
- How Much Do DoorDash Drivers Make?
- The DoorDash Scheduling System
- What Do Dashers Do? Delivery Description
- The DoorDash Orientation
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 to deliver with 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.
DoorDash Vehicle Requirements
Vehicle requirements are very lenient for DoorDash: Any working vehicle qualifies. You can also 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 vehicle requirements 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 with a bicycle or scooter?
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 help.DoorDashc.om 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. Dashers are paid for each completed order. 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.”
Dashers see an estimate of 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.
Delivery requests don’t always include the full tip in the estimated payout. In that case, the app will say “total may be higher” on the delivery request screen. This was added because some Dashers would only accept orders with a very high tip.
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.
Peak Pay: 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 per order in Los Angeles between 11AM–2PM if you accept 80% of delivery opportunities.”
Challenges: Challenges offer a bonus for completing a set number of deliveries during a certain time period. Example challenge: Earn $20 for completing 15 deliveries in a week. Not all markets offer Challenges.
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.
Scheduling DoorDash Delivery Shifts
(Covid-19 Note: DoorDash has enabled “Open Scheduling” in many markets. Dashers in Open Scheduling markets no longer need to schedule shifts in advance. This is expected to be a temporary change.)
DoorDash uses a scheduling system to prevent markets from becoming oversaturated with too many Dashers. Dashers use the ‘Schedule’ area of the Dasher app to reserve shift blocks. Shift blocks range from an hour or two, all the way up to a full day.
Delivery shifts are competitive in many markets. New shift blocks are released at midnight each day, so some Dashers stay up late to claim the best shifts. There is a penalty for missing a shift or starting late: DoorDash may cancel your shift if you don’t log in within 30 minutes of the start time.
Early Access Scheduling: DoorDash has a feature called ‘Early Access Scheduling’ that gives highly-rated and experienced drivers priority scheduling. With Early Access, Dashers get access to new shifts each day at 3pm rather than midnight. Dashers have to re-qualify for Early Access each week. Learn how to get Early Access.
Dash Now: A “Dash Now” option appears when delivery demand is high. Dash Now allows Dashers to sign in and deliver without having to schedule a delivery block. A delivery region will appear red in the Dasher app when Dash Now is enabled. Simply arrive in the delivery region and tap Dash Now to begin, but be warned: Dash Now toggles on and off dynamically and may turn off by the time you arrive to an area.
What Do DoorDash Drivers Do? Description of the Delivery Process
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 order offers. Order offers contain information about estimated payout, the location of the pickup, and the drop-off. Tap to accept or decline.
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.
Walmart and grocery orders: In some markets, DoorDash customers can order from Walmart or grocery stores. Similar to food orders, Dashers pick up the order at the store and deliver it to the customer. Customers can only tip after the order is complete, which is why some Dashers don’t like Walmart orders.
Some challenges Dashers face include: Learning how to choose the most profitable deliveries, navigating pickups at restaurants, communicating with customers, communicating with DoorDash support. There are difficulties along the way, but most Dashers get the hang of the gig within a week or two.
No-Contact Deliveries: A Safety Update for Covid-19
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, most customers chose to greet Dashers at the front door in a face-to-face handoff. In an effort to improve safety for both Dashers and customers, DoorDash added the option for no-contact deliveries. Customers can specify a drop-off location, typically their front door or porch.
Here’s how it works for Dashers: Dashers see the drop-off description in the delivery instructions. They leave the food in that location, take a photo of the delivery, then walk back a safe distance to complete the final in-app steps. Customers receive notification and a photo of the order.
Does DoorDash Deactivate Dashers For Having a Low Acceptance Rate?
DoorDash does not deactivate Dashers for having a low acceptance rate. The acceptance rate is the number of orders a Dasher accepts divided by the number of orders they were offered. Dashers are free to accept or decline as many orders as they want, so don’t worry about your acceptance rate.
The DoorDash Orientation: Complete it in Person, or Request an Activation Kit
DoorDash requires Dashers to either 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.
How to 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.
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