DoorDash is one of the newest and best on-demand food delivery services.
Customers can access dozens of restaurants through a smartphone app, place an order, and have it delivered straight to their door. DoorDash drivers pick up the food, drop off the delivery, and get paid.
DoorDash is always looking for people with a car to work for them delivering food. However, in some cities you don’t even need a car – some locations allow you to deliver by bicycle.
Drivers get to make their own schedules, work the hours they want to work, and choose the assignments they want to do.
On average, DoorDash employees earn between $8 and $15 per hour. It’s a great gig if you want to make some extra money and work on a flexible schedule.
But, like any job, there are requirements you need to meet before you can sign up to become a DoorDash driver. If you’re interested in driving (or biking) for DoorDash, keep reading.
Here’s everything you need to know about the requirements you need to meet and the application process.
Basic DoorDash Driver Requirements
DoorDash delivery drivers are called “Dashers.” To become a Dasher, you have to meet a few basic requirements.
You have to be at least 18 years of age to work for the service. That makes it an excellent option for individuals who aren’t old enough to meet the driver requirements for Uber and Lyft (which, in most cities, is 21).
You must have access to a motor vehicle or a bicycle (if you’re in a city that allows deliveries to be made on two wheels). In a few select cities, you can do deliveries on foot. But in most cases, you need wheels to get the job done fast and efficiently.
You also need to have an insurance policy in your name. Being covered under your parents’ plan isn’t good enough. You must have a liability insurance policy, at the minimum.
DoorDash requires all drivers to maintain their own insurance and keep that insurance valid and up to date at all times.
Though the minimum age requirement is just 18 years old, you will not qualify unless you can prove that you have two years of driving experience.
It’s also crucial that you have a valid driver’s license and insurance.
The most obvious requirement is that you need to live in – or be able to work in – a city where DoorDash operates. If you don’t, you’ll have to wait until DoorDash becomes available in your area.
Aside from a car, there is another piece of equipment required to do the job – a smartphone. You can access the delivery app via iPhone or Android smartphone as long as it is capable of running the app and running the most up-to-date software.
When you apply, you’ll need to consent to a background check, which we’ll go into more detail about later. If you can’t pass a background check, it will be difficult to get a job working for DoorDash, Uber, Lyft, or any other similar service.
The last thing you’ll need to do is complete a DoorDash orientation session. If you can’t attend the in-person orientation session, you won’t qualify for the job.
DoorDash Background Check
Every applicant must pass a background check. DoorDash uses a third party company called Checkr, which allows DoorDash to look into your history to determine a variety of different things.
The background check is a fairly straightforward process, similar to one you’d get from a full time employer. They will verify your age and basic information. They will take a look into your criminal history (if you have one).
Most people don’t have trouble passing a background check, but some do. Your application will be instantly rejected if the background check shows a history of violent crimes.
DoorDash takes customer safety and security seriously, so anyone with a felony is immediately rejected.
The background check will verify how long you’ve had your driver’s license. If you’ve been driving for less than two years, don’t even bother applying.
Wait until you have two years of driving experience under your belt first.
DoorDash Vehicle Requirements
In addition to personal requirements, you’ll also have to be able to pass a variety of vehicle requirements.
Are DoorDash’s vehicle requirements rigorous? The short answer is no.
Unlike Uber and Lyft, there are no cosmetic requirements for Dasher vehicles. And, unlike Uber and Lyft, there is no vehicle inspection process.
We mentioned earlier that in certain cities, bicycle delivers are allowed. This applies only to major cities, such as NYC, Boston, Philly, and San Francisco.
In those cities, it’s even possible to complete deliveries on foot. It makes the job more of a challenge, but in cities packed with traffic, it can sometimes be easier than having to drive and look for parking.
Where bikes are permitted, you can also use a motorcycle or a motorized scooter to deliver food. If you live in a densely populated area, this is a great option.
If you live in a city that’s more spread out, you’ll need to have a car. In some cases, you may have to travel several miles from the restaurant to the customer’s home.
Regardless of what you drive, all Dashers must register their vehicle with DoorDash. Should you decide to change cars, you’ll need to notify the company, so they always have your most up-to-date information.
If you get stuck during this process, there are many different ways to contact DoorDash. Reach out with one of these methods and their support representatives will help you out.
Location Requirements for Dashers
DoorDash operates in over 300 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada including Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Denver, New York, Boston, Vancouver, and Chicago.
To qualify as a Dasher, you must live or be able to work in one of their local markets.
You are allowed to work in more than one city, but the policy is that you can only work in one city at a time. To switch to a city that’s different from the one you signed up for, you must notify the company.
You’ll need to file a support case and inform DoorDash of your name, the name of the city you want to add, and the email address linked to your Dasher account.
We mentioned the new employee orientation earlier – but what does that mean?
Once you’ve passed your background check and your application is approved, you’ll need to attend an in-person orientation class.
DoorDash holds these sessions regularly at each of their home office locations in various cities. Every new delivery driver must attend.
The orientation program lasts approximately one hour. If you live in a city without a home office, you can attend an online orientation. But if you live in a city with a home office, you’ll need to participate in person.
Why is the orientation so important? During this session, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to do the job. From how to use the app to how to pay for orders, you’ll learn all of the essential tools needed to be a successful Dasher.
At the orientation, you will learn how to use the DoorDash app to schedule shifts. If there are certain days or hours you want to work, you’ll need to visit the app and secure a shift to work on a particular day or at a specific time.
You’ll also learn how to collect payments from customers. And you’ll learn what might be the most important thing of all – how you get paid. You’ll learn precisely how and when the company distributes payments to Dashers.
As a delivery driver, you’ll use a DoorDash Red Card to pay for customers’ orders at restaurants. At orientation, you’ll learn when and how to use the Red Card and how it works.
You will also be instructed on how to contact HR and corporate resources if you run into a problem. Knowing how to get in touch with the proper people at the support level is crucial if you ever run into an issue.
Before you leave your orientation session, you’ll receive an insulated box and some bags that can be used to transport food orders. As a driver, it’s up to you to keep the customers’ food hot and fresh, so the insulated packing supplies are an essential tool for the job.
How to Become a DoorDash Driver
Are you ready to apply to become a Dasher? The process is easy. Follow the steps below to become a Dasher.
- Visit the DoorDash sign up page.
- Complete your application with your basic contact information.
- Consent to a background check.
- Schedule an orientation date and attend the session.
- Receive your Activation Kit.
- Activate your Red Card.
- Start delivering!
Feeling a bit impatient about the background check? You can contact DoorDash to check on the status of your background check. According to current Dashers who have already been through the process, the background check typically clears in one to four days.
If your background check comes back clean, you will receive an email about scheduling an orientation. You won’t be able to work until your orientation is complete.
Should you need to reschedule your orientation, you can do so, as long as it’s before the scheduled date of your appointment. To reschedule, log into your account and change the time.
In your Activation Kit, you’ll find a DoorDash tee shirt, a bag, and the Red Card that you’ll need to use to purchase orders from the restaurants. You’ll look official, and you’ll be on your way to doing your first dash!
The last thing you’ll need to do is activate your Red Card. Just log into your account to activate the card. Once that’s done, you’re good to go.
With an activated card and the other supplies you need, you’ll be ready to get to work and start making some money.
Refer Your Friends to Become a Dasher
Did you know there’s a way to make even more money with DoorDash? Refer your friends and family to become a Dasher and earn some extra cash.
You can refer friends and family in two different ways.
Signup Page Referral:
- Have your friends/family sign up.
- Remind them to enter your phone number in the “Referral Phone #” field during signup.
- Open the Dasher app.
- Navigate to the “Invite Friends” tab.
- Choose the method you’d like to invite friends through. Current Dashers can refer friends and family through SMS message, email, Facebook, Twitter, and Facebook Messenger within the iOS and Android Dasher apps.
To receive your bonus, your referral must complete the designated number of deliveries set by DoorDash. This number varies depending on where you live, as does the bonus amount.
Don’t have an account yet? Sign up using this link to become a Dasher today.
Ready to work for DoorDash? Getting started is pretty easy to do. In some cases, the entire process can take less than a week. That means it won’t be long before you can get out on the road and start earning money as a delivery driver.
But before you can start, there are a few things you’ll need to do. Make sure you meet the general driver requirements.
Make sure you’ve got the smartphone and the vehicle necessary to do the work. Confirm that your car is registered and that the insurance policy is in your name.
Consent to a background check and if you pass, you’ll have to attend an orientation session. At the orientation session you’ll learn all the details you need to know about how to use the app, receive payments, and pay for items with your Red Card.
When all of that is complete, DoorDash will send you an Activation Kit, and you’ll be ready to go!
If your background check is clean and you don’t delay in attending an orientation, you can be out on the road as a DoorDash driver in a matter of a week or so.
If you’re ready to start making some extra money as a Dasher, start the application today.
The sooner you get started, the sooner you can get out there and start putting some extra cash (plus 100% of your tips) in your pocket!