Amazon Flex Driver Requirements – Find Out If You Qualify
If you are considering driving for Amazon Flex, delivering packages with your own vehicle, and working a flexible schedule.. then you first have to make sure that you meet the Amazon Flex Driver requirements to be able to deliver.
If you are worried about not qualifying… calm down already. Amazon isn’t very strict when it comes to bringing drivers on-board. But at the same time there are reasons that could potentially disqualify you as a candidate.
In this short post I am going to be going over what it takes to become a Flex driver. After reading this you will know if you have what it takes and you can move on from there by beginning the signup process if possible.
Amazon requires all Flex drivers to be at least 21 years of age. You must be this old before applying.
They don’t give any real reason as to why the age requirement is set at what it is, but one can speculate that it is probably because drivers with some experience are much more reliable and less of a liability.
The vehicle requirements depend on what you are delivering.
If you are delivering for Amazon’s “Prime Now” service then there aren’t really any restrictions. You just need a vehicle that transport packages in a safe and reliable way.
If you are going to be delivering regular old Amazon.com orders then its more strict, but still not much. In this case you must have a dependable 4-door sedan or larger. If you have a truck it must have an enclosed bed so that packages are protected from the weather.
Take note that it must be “dependable”. You might be able to get the job with a vehicle that isn’t dependable (if they don’t know) but keeping the job is another story.
In some cities, such as New York City, you can deliver for Amazon Flex via a bicycle. You bicycle must meet the state or cities requirements to be street legal and it must have a basket to hold packages. You, the rider, are required to wear a helmet.
In order to use the Amazon Flex app you must have an Android or Apple device.
Currently, if you have an android, it must be running at version 4.4 at the minimum and it must have at least 2 Gigabytes of RAM. In addition it needs to have a camera along with a flash that works, gps location services, and a SIM card.
If you have an iPhone it must be a 5 or newer and be running on IOS 8 or higher.
There also may be other requirements as far as your device goes and these can depend on the region you plan on delivering in.
Note: The Flex app is not available at the Apple Store nor at Google Play. What happens is that if you make it passed enough of the on-boarding process, Amazon will send you an email with a private link to download the app.
There are 2 background checks that you must be able to pass, which include motor vehicle and criminal background checks.
This seems to be the requirement that gets people in a panic the most, and this is understandable. I would say not to panic though, they are pretty lenient if you would compare them to many other jobs.
You can learn more about the background checks, such as how long they take, what they look for, how far back they check, etc. by reading a post I have already written below…
You of course must possess a valid driver’s license. This is a given and obviously should be expected. I mean after all, you are going to be driving for the job.
If your drivers license has expired you can always update it inside the app. You must, of course, have already went through the on-boarding process at this point to already have access to the app.
Social Security Number
You must have a Social Security Number (SSN). This is required for the background checks. The companies that perform them for Amazon (third parties) will use your SSN to run the background checks and bring up all the information on your history that they need.
And That’s It!
Not too bad right? I don’t think the requirements are too strict and most people can pass them with ease.
If you pass these requirements and you are still interested in driving for Amazon Flex, then I suggest you first read over my post here… Amazon Flex Delivery Jobs.. Are they worth it?. In this post I go over a bunch of different aspects of the job such as the benefits, what its like, complaints, expenses, how much you can expect to get paid, and more.
I would read over that before you go and sign up.
Do you have any comments, questions, or concerns about the requirements to become an Amazon Flex driver? I am sure there are some things that I left out but you can leave a comment below and I will get back to you within 24 hours 🙂