If you want to join Lyft, after signing and before starting to work, you will have to pass a background check.
One of the most common questions people thinking to drive for Lyft is: Does Lyft do background checks? Lyft background check is a step of the application process to join Lyft and become a Lyft driver. It is a review of your criminal and personal records. A lot of employers run a background check, it's a employment screening and the process of looking up your criminal and personal record.
Lyft drivers as well as Uber, Postmates or Doordash drivers are independent contractor. Safety is extremely important to Lyft, obviously Lyft is a secure platform and they screen all of the Lyft Candidates with thorough background check. Lyft reserves the right to disqualify a driver if their 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 to perform the screenings. In New York City, DMV and criminal background checks are conducted by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) according to their licensing standards.
To correcly run your Lyft background check during your Lyft application Process you need to provide some basic information:
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 a background check.
The Lyft background check covers criminal records and Dmv check.
You cannot drive with Lyft if you have:
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 background check typically takes around 7–15 days but that time frame may vary.
At the end of your background check you'll receive a copy of your background report. If Lyft finds something in your background check which might cause them not to hire you
Lyft 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.
You can look at our step by step Application Process Tutorial...It's easy!
You can verify the status of your Lyft background check in any moment by logging into your Lyft Driver account Lyft Background Chack Status
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.
Like Uber, Postmates or Doordash, your report will include DUI.
Yes, couriers are screened for criminal offenses included felony
Does your background check take too much time? Do you have a doubt or a question? Don't be shy, contact Lyft support
If your background check failed and if you think there was an error, contact Lyft as soon as possible. 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
Join Lyft today. Lyft requirements are minimal. Lyft pay rate is higher than that of their competitors. Passing the background check is not that complicated. It's worth a try!
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