Just about every person who wants to become an Uber driver has questions about the background check. What does Uber look at in your background check, how far does the background check go back, and will you pass? Here’s the info! All of my sources are from Uber, and from readers who have shared their experiences. I do my best to update this article as Uber makes changes to the background check.
Want to see if you will pass the background check? Apply to drive for Uber and complete the background check consent form after you complete the initial online application. It’s the only way to find out for certain if you will pass. If you apply with my referral link, I may receive a bonus from Uber.
What is the Uber background check?
To become an Uber driver, you must consent to allow Uber to run a background check and driving record check. After you fill out the basic online application, you will be asked to complete a background check consent form that allows Uber to use a company called Checkr to perform the screening. The Uber background check is free.
The Uber background check looks at these records
- County courthouse records for every county of residence for the last 7 years
- Federal courthouse records
- The multi-state criminal database
- Motor Vehicle Records
- Social Security Trace
- National Sex Offender Registry
Uber background check and driving record check criteria
Your criminal background must meet these conditions:
- No convictions for a a felony, violent crime, or sexual offense within the last seven years
- Some non-violent felons are accepted
Your driving record must meet these conditions:
- A minimum of 1 year U.S. licensing history
- If under age 23, must have at least 3 years licensing history
- International driving experience doesn’t count
- A clean Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) with no more than 3 incidents in the past 3 years
- No DUIs and no reckless driving
- California Uber drivers must not have a DUI in the last 10 years.
- No speeding violations for driving 20 mph or greater over the speed limit in the past 3 years.
- Uber does not perform a credit check
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Your Uber profile status: What it means, and how to figure out where you are in the application process
Uber doesn’t always do a very good job of letting you know where you’re at in the background check process. All they really provide are Profile statuses that you can find in your driver profile. Head to partners.uber.com and click My Profile to find out your status. Here’s what these statuses mean
- The Onboarding status typically means Uber is reviewing your documents and background check. If you’re stuck in this status for more than 7 days, you should contact Uber.
- The Waitlisted status for Uber can mean a lot of things. It can mean that there are issues with your documents, or it could mean that they’re re-running your background check if you’re already a driver.
- The Consider status next to your Uber background check status means that the background check is still underway, or that they’re taking a closer look at your background because there are issues. If your status stays ‘consider’ for several days, you will likely be rejected.
- The Active status means you’re able to log into driver mode and accept rides.
- The Rejected status means your application was rejected, or you’ve been deactivated. In that case, try to reapply
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If more than 7 days have passed since you began the background check, contact Uber and Checkr
The background check typically takes around 2 – 7 days to complete. If your account status doesn’t change to “Active” after 7 days, contact Uber and Checkr to get an update.
- How drivers and applicants can contact Uber
- Visit an in-person Uber office
- Contact Checkr at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Uber re-runs your background check yearly, or if requirements change
Uber performs a background check yearly to see if you’ve collected any driving violations or criminal violations in the last year. They might also re-run your background check if the background requirements in your area have changed. Sometimes they ask you to re-consent to the background check, and other times they do it without asking. Even if you passed the first background check, you’ll have to pass it every year.
The Uber driving record check – Full details & criteria
Uber doesn’t provide much detail on the criteria for the driving record check, so I’ve drawn from my collaboration with readers and Uber support to bring to you more complete details.
Licensing History – One full year
Uber requires one year of licensing history in the US, or 3 years if you’re under age 23. Learner’s permit experience does not count toward your one year of licensing history.
Uber does not count international driving experience when they examine your background, so even if you have extensive foreign driving experience you will still need one year of US licensing history.
Most applicants won’t have to submit any extra documents to prove licensing history. Simply consent to the background check and driving record check and Checkr will locate all available US documents to determine your licensing history. If your license was recently issued, Uber and Checkr may need additional documents to verify your license history. You’ll get an email from Checkr asking for a previous drivers license, driver’s license number, or a motor vehicle report from the DMV. Promptly provide those documents to ensure that the screening process can continue.
No major driving violations in the last 7 years
Uber says they won’t accept drivers with any ‘major violations’ in the past seven years. They list reckless driving and DUIs as examples of major violations, but from my research there other violations that Uber considers to me major.
Major violations include:
- DUI, DWI, wet reckless, or anything related to drinking or drugs and driving
- Driving on a suspended license
- Reckless driving
- Hit and run
- Fleeing an officer
- Use of a vehicle to commit a felony
What if your DUI or other major offense was 6.5 years ago? Should you wait until 7 years has passed?
The seven year time frame is not an exact, to-the-day measurement. Uber can reject you even if your major violation was more than 7 years ago. Think of the 7-year time frame as a rule of thumb. If your major violation was close to 7 years ago, it’s a good strategy to wait until the full 7 years has passed. But be warned: Uber can still reject you even if the violation was more than 7 years ago.
No more than 3 minor moving violations in the last 3 years
Minor driving violations are the more ordinary moving violations that result in small tickets or warnings. Uber will reject you if you have 3 or more of these on your record in the last 3 years.
Some minor violations include:
- Failure to yield
- Illegal U-turn
- Improper passing
- Disobeying a traffic light
- Driving with expired registration tags
Does Uber look at points against your license?
There’s no indication that Uber directly considers points against your license in their driving record criteria. Instead, they examine the violations on your record. Uber doesn’t have a system that accepts you if you have x or fewer license points and rejects you if you have more than x license points. States have different points systems, and others don’t have point systems at all, so Uber only looks at violations on your motor vehicle record.
Do pending criminal or driving issues count against you?
Uber hasn’t provided a clear answer on whether pending issues count against you, but from my own experience with readers, Uber is very likely to count a pending issue against you and is known to do it. That means that even if you were only accused of a crime or a driving violation and you’re still in the process of fighting it, Uber can and will count it against you when they evaluate your record.
The rule of thumb to follow is that if an issue appears on your record, Uber can count it against you. Pending issues appear on your record, so they can be counted.
If you have a pending driving violation, you should try to get it removed from your record with a service like Off The Record.
Recent traffic ticket? Fight it to improve your odds of acceptance
Your chances of being accepted by Uber go way up if you have fewer driving tickets on your record. If you have an unsettled traffic violation, you should do your most to prevent it from your record.
Off The Record is a service that helps you fight pending tickets affordably without ever having to show up to traffic court. All you have to do is upload a photo of your ticket to be matched with a local attorney who will fight your ticket for you. They offer a strong money-back guarantee, so if you have a pending ticket, get it removed with Off The Record.
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Find out if you were rejected by Uber, and learn how to reapply
Uber isn’t always very clear about whether they’ve accepted you or rejected you. I’ve written an in-depth guide on finding out if you were rejected, and the steps you can take the reapply.
Uber Background Check FAQ
How long does the background check take to complete?
Uber says it should take 5-7 days, but that time frame may vary depending on the number of driver applications Uber and their background check partner are dealing with at the moment. Most drivers report that it takes around 3-5 days.
“My background check is taking forever. What should I do?”
If it has been more than 7 days, email Checkr at email@example.com, and email Uber support at firstname.lastname@example.org. If Checkr says they’ve completed the background check, it’s now on Uber to make a decision. Email Uber until they tell you their decision. Be persistent, but don’t spam Uber’s system with too many emails. One email every few days should be enough.
“My background check says ‘consider’ next to it. What does that mean?”
“Consider” typically means that there is an issue with your background check and Uber is taking their time to make a final decision. Most of the time “consider” is a strong indicator that you won’t accept you as a driver.
How do you begin the background check process?
After you apply, your Uber driver portal will include a link to a background check consent form. Fill out the form and submit it to begin the background check.
What company runs the background check?
Uber contracts Checkr to run the background check. Checkr runs the check and communicates the results to you and Uber. You can contact Checkr at email@example.com
“I have a misdemeanor/felony on my record, but it’s almost been 7 years since it happened. What should I do?”
Nobody can say for certain that Uber will accept you if your offense passes the 7 year mark, but for offenses like misdemeanors, it could be worth it to wait until the 7 years have passed. For felonies, Uber still has a good chance of rejecting you even if it was more than 7 years ago.
“I have been accused of a crime, but I haven’t been convicted yet. Does Uber see pending charges?”
Pending charges do show up on your background check, so Uber can use that information to make a hiring decision. If you don’t think the issue will work itself out for a long time, you can try to apply and hope for the best. If you’re rejected, you can always apply again after your legal issue is out of the way.
“I was rejected by Uber due to my background. Can I reapply?”
According to Uber, you can apply again in 3-6 months. Why such a long window? Uber isn’t all too clear. Depending on the reason you were rejected, you may not be able to reapply at all. If you fail, email Uber until they give you more specific reasons why you didn’t pass and ask how to reapply to Uber.
“My background check is incorrect or incomplete. How can I dispute it?”
You can dispute your background check by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Uber will not review the details of your screening with you, so always go to Checkr first.
“I passed the background check and I drove for awhile, but then Uber deactivated me due to my background! Can they do that?”
Yes, and Uber has done that to many drivers. When Uber changes their background check criteria, they can re-run your history and deactivate you if they don’t like what they see.
Read more about follow up background checks here: The background check refresh: When Uber runs a second Uber background check.
Will you pass the background check? A trick to find out if you’ll pass without applying
Hundreds of commenters come to me with all sorts of legal scenarios to ask me whether they can pass the background check. Nobody other than Uber is able to say whether you’ll pass or not, but generally speaking, you should pass if your criminal history is clean for the past seven years and if your driving record is good.
Uber changes there background check policies regularly and background check system vary state to state, so even low-level Uber support may be unable to tell you for sure.
It’s not always clear what falls under the broad labels set out by Uber, so you might not be sure if you can pass. Here’s a trick to help you find out if you’ll pass without applying.
Apply to DoorDash or Postmates — They use the same background check company and have similar hiring standards
Other on-demand companies like DoorDash and Postmates use the same background check company as Uber – Checkr – to run your background check, and all of the companies have similar background requirements.
If you’re not sure that you’ll be accepted by Uber and if you don’t want to risk your one chance of applying, apply to DoorDash or apply to Postmates first. If they reject you, Uber likely will reject you too, and if they accept you, Uber probably will accept you too. If you do get rejected by DoorDash or Postmates, find out exactly why and see if you can have that removed from your record before you apply to drive for Uber.
How to make sure you’ll pass the background check before you buy or lease a car
If you want to drive for Uber but you don’t have access to a qualifying car and you’re not sure if you’ll pass the background check, apply to Uber using this application and Select “I need a car.” That way, Uber will run your background screening before they ask you to provide your vehicle information. If you pass the background check, Uber will try to connect you to local vehicle options that they offer, but you can say no to the leasing offer and get a car however you want.
You have to apply to find out for sure if you’ll pass
In the end, the only way to find out for sure that you’ll pass is to apply to drive for Uber. There’s not much you can do to change your record (unless record expungement is an option), so the only thing you can do is apply and hope Uber says yes.