Uber Background Check Details – What You Need To Know

Does Uber do background checks? Yes they sure do. This is one of the requirements to become an Uber driver and this is what seems to worry people the most when they are signing up. Uber drivers claim that the background check is too strict, yet riders and the media seem to be on the opposite side of the argument and say it isn’t strict enough.

So what are the background checks like? Will you be able to become a driver with Uber if you stole a pack of gum from a gas station 10 years ago? Or when you got a detention in high school? Or when you parked in that no parking zone? How strict are they?

To start off, you should know that Uber has 2 separate background checks performed on each potential driver.

2 Types of Background ChecksUber background check details

Criminal Background Check

Uber has a criminal background check run for all potential Uber partners. Just like any reputable company, they don’t want convicted criminals driving for them due to liability and other various reasons. This background check is conducted by tracing your Social Security Number, which you will have to provide to Uber when you sign up.

Motor Vehicle Background Check

Since you are going to be driving as a job a motor vehicle background check is inevitable. This background check will conducted by tracing you driver’s license number, which you will also have to provide to Uber during the signup process.

Below each of the two will be explained in more detail.

Criminal Background Check

Who Runs The Background Check?

Uber contracts the third party company Checkr to run the criminal background checks for them. Checkr is a known company in the industry and is also partnered with GrubHub, PostMates, InstaCard, and many other companies.

How Far Back Do They Trace?

Criminal records linked to your SSN will be traced back 7 years.

What Records Do They Look In To?

The records that they will be looking into include county courthouse records, state courthouse records, federal courthouse records, the National Sex Offender Registry, and the Terrorist Watch-list.

Note: Even if you have committed a sex crime in prior to 7 years ago, you are still on the registry and will not pass.

Motor Vehicle Background Check

Who Runs The Background Check?

The motor vehicle background check is also run by Checkr.

How Far Back Do They Check?

Your vehicle history will be checked entirely.

What Records Do They Look In To?

The records will be provided by the DMV and they include any violations, accidents, etc.

What Records Uber Prohibits

If any of the following show up on your background check you will be ineligible to become an Uber driver…

  • Criminal Background Check
    • Any felony, or violent, drug, sexual, or theft related crime in the past 7 years
    • Any sexual crime that requires you to be a registered sex offender
  • Motor Vehicle Background Check
    • A DUI, reckless driving, or hit & run related offense in the past 7 years
    • More than 3 incidents or a speeding tickets for driving in excess of 20mph over the speed limit in the past 3 years

If you have any of what is listed above, you will be ineligible to drive for Uber.

In the motor vehicle background check they will also verify that you have at least 1 year of driving experience if you are over 23 and at least 3 years if you are 21-22.

How to See The Status of Your Background Check

Since Checkr is the company that is actually conducting the background check and not Uber, you will have sign in to the Checkr application portal. To sign in you need to enter your email, phone number, social security number, and birth date.

Uber also should have provided you a link to the Checkr portal.

How Long Does It Take?

Uber tells you that it takes 5-7 days which is pretty accurate. The length of the time will depend on your background. If you have lived in a bunch of different states, this makes it more difficult to check your background, thus taking longer. Also if you have a long criminal record and a long motor vehicle record, it will likely take on the longer side. But if your background is as clean as a whistle and you have lived in one spot all your life it should only take a few days.

The length will also depend on the current demand Checkr has from Uber and other companies.

What If Something Comes Up Wrong?

It is unlikely that Checkr will make a mistake or the records in which they check will be wrong. But in the rare case that something does come up in your background check that is incorrect, you should contact Checkr right away.

The best way to get in touch with them is through the Applicant Portal, which you can access here. The same applies as when you login to check the status of your background check, you will have to provide your email, phone number, SSN, and birth date.

You can send them any documentation and information that shows the incorrectness of the report.

What If You Fail? Can You Reapply

If you fail the background checks Uber states that you can reapply after 3 months.

So maybe you committed a crime 6 years and 9 months ago and this was the reason you failed. If you wait 3 months it will have been 7 years ago and it won’t show up on the background checks.

There are many situations where applying again in 3 months could get you accepted as an Uber driver, but there are also many situations where there would be no point in reapplying.

How to Find Out If You Will Pass

The only sure-fire way to find out if you will pass is to sign up for Uber and time will tell. At the end of the online application you will be taken to the Uber background check form where you will be asked for your social security number and for consent to the background check.

Give it half a week to a week and you will know whether you have passed or not.

Do you have any questions, comments, or concerns about Uber’s background check? Is there anything else you would like to know that was not covered in this article? Write it in the comment section below and I will get back to you.


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Abdul - April 25, 2018

Hi..i have a question,since uber require a TLC license to drive in nyc,will they still run backgroung check in order to work for them?TLC does all of that to get a license.


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