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Does DoorDash Hire Felons In 2024? [Policy Explained]

  • DoorDash evaluates felon applications on a case-by-case basis.
  • Recent violent or driving-related felonies may disqualify applicants.
  • Background checks look at driving and criminal records for red flags.
  • Rehabilitation efforts can positively impact the application outcome.

Does DoorDash Hire Felons?

DoorDash does not have an explicit policy against hiring felons. The company evaluates applications on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the type and recency of the offense.

Even with a felony on your record, it is worth applying, especially if the offense(s) occurred more than seven years ago.

However, recent felony convictions, especially those involving violence or driving-related offenses, are more likely to be seen as a red flag and disqualify applicants as a result.

There seems to be a fair amount of discretion here, the felony’s relevance to the Dasher role makes a difference.

I have heard of plenty of drivers who have applied with a felony on their record, but were able to still apply because they were able to demonstrate rehabilitation and time passing since the conviction.

I wouldn’t worry about misdemeanors too much either. They’re generally considered less serious, but having multiple within the last three years can lead to issues.

Understanding DoorDash Background Checks

All drivers that apply to DoorDash must consent to a background check in order to be eligible to move on to the next phase in the application.

At that point, Checkr, a third-party background check service, conducts a comprehensive background check to find red flags on the applicant’s record.

Without going into too much detail, the process was put in place as a way to ensure the safety and security of customers and merchants.

In short, DoorDash is looking for drivers who are are safe, trustworthy, and don’t pose a threat to merchants or customers.

Red flags that the company is specifically concerned with finding include:

  • Driving record: speeding tickets, DUIs, accidents, driving without insurance, stoplight tickets, felony convictions, and sexual offenses.
  • Criminal history: sexual offenses, drug or alcohol issues, felony convictions, three or more moving violations, driving without a license, leaving the scene of an accident, and violent criminal acts.
  • Other: inclusion in the National Sex Offender Registry.

DoorDash usually only looks at the last three years of driving records, while the criminal background check typically looks at the past seven.

However, some driving and felony convictions can still be considered, regardless of age, due to the severity.

I usually hear about this from drivers with incidents that fall on the more “serious” side of things.

How to Apply to DoorDash With a Felony Record

As I mentioned above, even with a felony on your record, there’s still a chance that you might be approved to drive.

There’s no guarantee that you’ll get approved, but all I am saying is that it is worth a chance. If they deny you, simply move on.

Prepare for the Application

I highly suggest running a background check on yourself so that you have a good understanding of what will be reported.

Offense is the best defense, so understanding and potential issues that Checkr might find will help you understand them and craft a plan.

It’s worth also taking the time to understand the “why” behind things.

If you understand why an issue on your record might be a reg flag for DoorDash, you can begin crafting an angle that helps you to counter their arguments and improve your chances of getting approved.

Dispute Errors in Background Checks

Believe it or not, background checks are not always accurate.

Inaccuracies can sometimes appear, so make sure to verify that the reason you didn’t get approved was actually legitimate.

If you’re not approved, request a copy of the background check. Or, at a minimum, the reason that you weren’t approved.

If you noticed any inaccuracies, you can use Checkr’s Candidate Portal to dispute them within 30 days.

Going through the simple process of correcting errors is not something that a lot of drivers do, yet doing so can make make a significant difference in the outcome of an application.

Show Rehabilitation

As I mentioned above, there’s a good amount of discretion that seems to go into whether or not an applicant is approved or not.

If you’ve enrolled in or completed rehabilitation programs, anger management classes, or substance abuse treatment, show it.

This demonstrates a willingness to change, and shows that you acknowledge you needed to do better – so you did.

Participation in these programs shows a commitment to personal improvement and rehabilitation, which seems to go a long way in the hiring process.

Seal or Expunge Records

Lastly, if possible, explore state laws regarding the expungement of criminal records.

Successfully expunging your record can improve your chances of passing the background check and being hired.

I don’t suggest doing this solely for the purpose of applying to DoorDash, but if you’ve already gone through this process or are thinking about it, it can help in the outcome of your application.

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