Applying to become an Uber driver?
If you have filled in the application form and have passed the various steps to become an Uber driver, there is one final step before you qualify to actually start driving for Uber…
Uber’s background check.
What Is a Background Check?
The final step of your application process requires you to allow Uber to run a background check on you, via a third-party vendor.
Uber has the final responsibility of keeping its customers safe, and one step to ensure this is to check the background of the drivers it employs by reviewing their motor vehicle and driving record and verifying that they do not have a criminal history.
The background check prevents Uber from hiring those who have a record of felonies or have a bad driving record and enables them to hire drivers with a clean check.
When you fill in the online application form to become an Uber driver, you also need to complete a consent form allowing Uber to do a complete background check via their partner, Checkr.
The background check is free of cost to you.
What the Uber Background Check Comprises
In the case of a background check, the following records are examined:
- Social Security number trace
- Motor vehicle records
- Federal court records
- County court records for every county where you have lived for the last 7 years
- National Sex Offender Registry
- Multi-state criminal database
Criteria for Uber Background and Driving Record Checks
To pass Uber’s background check, your criminal background should meet the following criteria:
- You should not have convictions for any felony, sexual offense, or violent crimes in the last 7 years.
- Sometimes, Uber may accept non-violent felons.
Your driving record should meet the following criteria:
- You should have a minimum of 1-year licensing history in the US.
- If you are below 23 years of age, you should have a licensing history of at least 3 years.
- Having international experience in driving does not count.
- A clean MVR (motor vehicle report) without having more than 3 incidents within a period of 3 years.
- No incidents of reckless driving and DUIs. (Uber drivers in California should not have a DUI within the last 10 years).
- No speeding violations or driving more than the speed limit in the last 3 years.
- The credit check of drivers is not performed by Uber.
The Check In Greater Detail
You need to have 1-year of licensing history if you’re applying as an Uber driver in the U.S. If you are below 23 years of age, you require a licensing history of 3 years.
The experience while getting a learner’s permit is not counted towards the 1 year of licensing history.
Uber does not also take into account international driving experience when checking your background.
Even if you have extensive experience driving abroad, you still need 1 year of U.S. license history.
You do not have to submit any documents to prove your licensing history.
All you have to do is give your consent for the background and driving record check, and all the documents will be located by Checkr to determine your history.
In the case that your license has been issued recently, then Checkr and Uber may require additional documents to authenticate your licensing history.
You will receive an email from Checkr asking you to submit your documents such as previous driver’s license, license number, and DMV’s motor vehicle report.
Providing these documents promptly can ensure that the process of screening can continue.
Uber will not accept you as a driver if you have any major violations in the last 7 years prior to applying for the job.
Some things considered as major violations by Uber are:
- DWI, DUI, anything related to drugs or drinking and driving.
- Hit and run.
- Reckless driving.
- Driving when your license has been suspended.
- Using a vehicle to commit a felony.
- Fleeing from an officer.
Also, the 7-year timeframe is not an exact measurement; however, it is better to wait to complete 7 years in case you have had any major violation before you apply for the job.
Even if you have committed a major violation more than 7 years ago, Uber may still reject you.
Uber will also reject your application if you have more than 3 minor violations which resulted in warnings or small tickets within a period of 3 years.
Some of the minor violations are:
- Making an illegal U-turn.
- Failure to yield.
- Disobeying a traffic light.
- Improper passing.
- Driving with registration tags that have expired.
In their driving record criteria, Uber does not consider the points against your license.
They only look at the violations on your driving record.
Uber does not work on the system of accepting you if you have lesser than a certain number of points or rejecting you if you have more than a certain number of points.
While most states have different point systems, some do not have a point system at all, so Uber only considers your motor vehicle record violations.
Uber is very likely to consider pending issues against you, which means that even if you have been accused of a driving violation or a crime or are in the process of fighting it while evaluating your record, Uber will count the violation or crime against you.
If any issue appears on your record, Uber will consider them in your background check.
So, if you have any driving violation that is pending, you must try to have it removed from your record.
The fewer the driving tickets you have on your record, the better your chances are of being accepted by Uber.
Understanding Your Uber Application Status
Knowing the status of your background check with Uber is quite difficult.
You can see the “Profile Status” provided by Uber in your driver profile.
The meaning of the various Uber statuses are:
- Onboarding: This means that Uber is in the process of reviewing your documents and doing a background check. If this status remains the same for more than a week, then you must contact Uber to find out the status.
- Waitlisted: This may mean that there are problems with the documents you have submitted or this can also mean that Uber is re-doing your background check if you are a driver with them already.
- Consider: This essentially means that your background check is still happening or they are looking at your background more closely, as there are certain issues. If the status remains “consider” for many days, then it is most likely that your application will be rejected.
- Active: When the status becomes “Active”, it means that you can log in to the website or app in the driver mode and start accepting rides.
- Rejected: This means that your application has been rejected and you have been deactivated from the system, after which you can try to reapply for the job.
Typically, an Uber background check takes around 2-7 days to be completed.
If your account is not changed to “Active” after a week, then you can contact Uber or Checkr to get an update on your application by using Uber’s help feature, visiting the Uber office, or contacting Checkr’s support team.
Background Check Updates
Background checks are performed by Uber on a yearly basis to ensure that your record is clean and you have not collected any driving or criminal violations in the past year.
Uber may also re-submit your background check if there are any changes in the requirements in your area.
Sometimes, Uber may ask you to give your consent again for a background check, or they may do it without asking you.
Although you may have passed the background check the first time, Uber requires you pass the check each year.
Background checks of drivers are one of the main methods by which Uber ensures that the passenger is safe.
Background Checks Only Do So Much
No matter how thorough the process is, it cannot always pinpoint the people who may have committed a crime in the past but have not been convicted.
Also, a background check cannot always accurately predict the behavior of a person in the future.
Since background checks are regulated heavily, an agency can see only specific details of the person.
As a potential driver for Uber, as long as you do not have a criminal record and your driving record is clean, you should be able to pass the background check and become a driver.
As a passenger, Uber’s background check adds an extra layer of security to help keep you safe in its hands.