If you want to join Lyft, after signing and before starting to work, you will have to pass a screening process. This guide to Lyft background check is your up to date walkthrough to help you understand and pass the Lyft screening process.
One of the most common questions people thinking of driving for Lyft is: Does Lyft do background checks? While you do not need a vehicle to become an Uber and Lyft driver, you can also rent a car, all applicants without any exception are required to undergo a background check. The Lyft background check process is free and is a step of the Lyft application to become a Lyft driver.
It is a review of your criminal and personal records. A lot of employers run checks to avoid hiring someone who may pose a threat to the workplace. They are employment screenings and the process of looking up your criminal and personal record.
Lyft drivers as well as Uber, Postmates or Doordash drivers are independent contractors. Safety is extremely important to Lyft, obviously Lyft is a secure platform and they want to improve trust and safety in the platform screening all of the Lyft Candidates with background checks. Lyft reserves the right to disqualify a driver if the information included in your employment background check reveals any disqualifying offense in the last 7 years or for any other safety-related reason.
Of course, Lyft is not a background check company, so they use a third party company called Sterling that has access to the necessary database. Sterling is with Checkr, one of the most popular screenings companies in the US.
In New York City, DMV and criminal background checks are conducted by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) according to their licensing standards.
To run the searches, Lyft needs every candidate consent to run the check as well as provide some basic information including:
Yes, you have to allow Lyft to check your report. Remember that Background checks are subject to the rules of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which aims to protect consumer information. For example, the FCRA only gives creditors, insurers, employers, and landlords access to your background information.
In addition to the FCRA, California has its own set of laws that govern what can and cannot be included in the checks.
The Lyft checks cover criminal records and Dmv checks. You do not need to pass a credit check and your report will not contain the credit history. Uber or Lyft are looking for drivers with a clean driving record. This means your driving history is free of any accidents, moving violations, or points.
You cannot drive with Lyft if you do not meet the Lyft driving record requirements:
The criminal background check includes national and county-level databases and records. Background screening companies gather information from many different sources. More precisely your report lists information will include details such as:
The answer to your question why would Lyft deny my application is that if any of the above crimes is discovered through this screening in the previous seven year period, the applicant will be automatically ineligible to drive with Lyft.
To ensure safe ride and in addition to the yearly screenings, Lyft runs permanent checks to all the drivers in the Lyft platform. Individuals registered on the National Sex Offender Registry cannot drive with any rideshare companies, including Lyft and Uber.
The background check typically takes around 7–15 days but that time frame may vary.
At the end of the process you'll receive a copy of your background report. If Lyft finds something in your reports which might cause them not to hire you, you can choose to dispute it.
The Background check is the penultimate step of the application process to become a Lyft driver. Once the background check is over, you need to pass your car inspection. Lyft also performs vehicle checks to make sure the car you drive is appropriate for Lyft and meets all of their safety standards. Make sure to verify that your car has all Lyft vehicle requirements.
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One of the most common questions is how do I know if I passed my background check? Do not worry, Lyft will send you an email notification. In any case, you can check the status of your Lyft application at any moment by logging into your Lyft Driver account .
If you need more information about your Lyft driver background check status you can also contact Sterling. Sterling support team is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the support phone number 800.899.2272.
You can check your personal driving records by going to the DMV website for each state that you ever held a driver's license. Each state has its own rules and regulation about driving records — some allow employers, schools... to check records as far back as 10 years, others only allow 3 years. This background check could cost.
No, but many companies do it because a background check helps companies stay safe by controlling criminal history.
Keep in mind in many cases Employers are not allowed to consider data older than 7 years while screening applicants. In any case, applying to drive with Lyft, you have to give your consent to the screening process.
Lyft driver dui policy is clear. You cannot drive for Lyft if you've been convicted of a DUI (driving under the influence) within the last 7 years. Lyft does not do alcohol or drug tests to job applicants. However, like Uber, Postmates or Doordash, your report will include DUI.
Lyft applicants are screened for criminal offenses including felony. Certain criminal felonies and misdemeanors convictions may disqualify you from Lyft eligibility.
Does your background check take too much time? Waiting for the result of the checks is frustrating. So, why is your background check taking so long? Inaccurate data can cause the screening company to be unable to give you a result.
Keep in mind that a lot of counties close their offices to prevent further spread of COVID-19 this makes the job of Sterling more difficult. Currently the process can take more than 2 weeks. However, if you have a doubt or a question you can always try to contact Lyft support.
What happens if you fail a background check? If your background check failed and you are not approved to drive for Lyft, the first step will be to contact Lyft as soon as possible, especially if you think there was an error. You can also choose to dispute the results.
If you know why you have been disqualified, you can try to clean up your records and apply again.
If you were convicted of DUI, you can expunge from your record. After expungement, the record of your DUI is "erased" from the public record.
We are not lawyers and we do not offer legal assistance, but there is always a solution. Our notice in this case is: apply for Postmates and choose to make deliveries with a bike or on foot.
The best thing to do is contact your local DMV or other motor vehicle agency and ask:
The requirements for becoming Postmates courier or Dasher are less complicated than those of Lyft, both in terms of driver requirements and in terms of vehicle requirements . For example, Postmates does not have standards in terms of the vehicle you use to make deliveries and you don't need to pass a vehicle inspection. To join the Fleet and become a Postmate, you must pass a background check that is similar to DoorDash background check and which is simpler than Lyft.
Learn More: Postmates Background Check
Lyft designed safety into every part of the Lyft platform, from $1,000,000 liability insurance to the dedicated Trust & Safety team to their 24/7 support, providing everyone in the car ultimate peace of mind.
Learn More: Lyft Safety
You can take a look at our complete guide to Lyft driver requirements. Summarizing:
Lyft has high safety standards for vehicles on the Lyft platform. Look at them all in our article entirely dedicated to Lyft vehicle requirements
Job seekers like Lyft, ensure security by performing background checks during the hiring process. Passing the background check is not that complicated, in addition, Lyft requirements are minimal, Lyft pay rate is higher than that of their competitors. It's worth a try!
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