Lyft Background Check Requirements – What You Should Know
One of the most feared parts of the application process to become a Lyft driver is the background check. Just like Uber, Amazon Flex, and all the other similar companies, your past will be investigated if you want a job.
The Lyft background check requirements are pretty much the same as the background requirements for Uber, if you are familiar with them. And these requirements are what I will be going over in this post. By the time you are done reading this you should know whether you are going to pass or fail.
The 2 Different Background Checks
It is inevitable that Lyft is going to check into your driving record. You are going to be driving around as a partner using their name so of course they aren’t going to want bad drivers.
Lyft cannot accept any individual that applies. You may be a good person and have done some not so good things in the past but unfortunately this could be too much of a liability for lyft to consider you. Because of this they will have a somewhat in-depth background check performed on every applicant.
In order for you to meet the requirements to become a lyft driver you must NOT have any of the following on your driving record, nor in your criminal history.
- More than 3 violations in the past 3 years. This includes minor accidents, failing to stop at traffic lights, going through stop signs, etc.
- One major violation in the past 3 years. This includes reckless driving incidents, driving without a license, driving with a suspended license.
- A DUI offense in the past 7 years.
- A drug related driving offense in the past 7 years
- Driving related criminal offenses. This includes hit & runs, etc.
Applicants’ criminal histories will be looked at going back 7 years in most cases. In some states they will look back even further. National and county databases will be looked into as well as local courthouse records. If you have any of the following on your records you will be disqualified.
- Violent crimes
- Drug offenses
- Sexual offenses
- Theft or property damage offenses (minor thefts are admissible)
Certain cities may have different requirements for the criminal background check. For example in New York City the background checks are conducted by Taxi and Limousine Commission and you will pass or fail according to their standards.
Have a Misdemeanor or Felony that Is Right Around 7 Years Old?
If you have a misdemeanor that happened close to 7 years ago, but not quite, you may get away with it. Lyft may let it slide, but I wouldn’t chance it. Just wait it out until 7 years have passed.
And if you have a felony that is just over 7 years old there is always the chance that you will be disqualified for it.
The point I’m making here is that there are no concrete rules to this that Lyft provides to the public and it is still confusing even to me when I see that some people fail and others pass when there doesn’t appear to be much difference. The only sure way to find out if you are going to pass or fail is to consent to the background check and find out for sure.
How Long Does The Background Check Take?
Lyft gives you the timeline that your background check will take anywhere from 3-10 days. This will vary depending on several variables. These include the amount of applicants that Lyft has at certain times as well as your personal history. For example.. if you have a criminal history with several offenses that are “passable”, it may take longer to look into, whereas if your background is clean as a whistle it should be rather quick.
Generally I would say that applicants can expect their background checks to clear within 5 days.
If it is taking longer than 7 days then you might want to contact Lyft’s support team, and if its longer than 10 days then you definitely want to get in contact with them. There is always a chance that you might not have receive the email that they sent to you or that for some reason its just taking extra long. Whatever the reason the support team can help. But be patient, Lyft’s support is pretty notorious for being not very supportive.
Didn’t Pass? Try This
If for some reason you didn’t pass and you think that there was an error or that you should have passed for one reason or another you can contest the outcome.
What happens is you will get an email that tells you that you didn’t pass and you will also receive instructions on how to appeal this decision. Just follow the instructions and wait on the next decision.
Alternatively, you can reapply to Lyft and re-consent to a new background check after 3 months. So if you had a criminal conviction that will pass the 7 year mark by 3 months you should just wait to reapply.
You Will Have More Background Checks
One thing about driving for Lyft is that you will have to pass these background checks every year. You will receive an email notification or a notification inside the app that tells you that you must consent to an annual background check. You will have to consent to this in order to keep driving.
This is usually nothing to worry about and the only way that you would fail it is if you had driving incidents or criminal offenses in the past year that are unacceptable. There is always the possibility that the first background check skipped over something that would have disqualified you and the second time around they catch it and disqualify you. This could always happen but it is very uncommon.
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns please leave them in the comment section below. I am sure there are some things that I left out of this post that need some attention so if there is any information you are looking for regarding the background checks just leave them below.
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