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Amazon Flex Driver Requirements: An Introduction

Last updated: August 31, 2021
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There are plenty of options for drivers who want to make some extra cash while on the road.

Whether it’s Postmates or Instacart, there has never been a better time to drive than now. But rising up among the established rideshare players is one new service that drivers are falling in love with.

Amazon is letting independent contractors complete their deliveries through the Amazon Flex program. This program allows drivers to make extra income while still being able to take control of their time.

Today we’re diving into the basics of what drivers need to know, and outlining the Amazon Flex driver requirements necessary to get on the road.


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1. The Types of Flex Driver Jobs

Amazon Flex Driver Requirements: An Introduction

There are many different types of Amazon Flex Jobs, but the premise of the service is pretty basic: Amazon Flex drivers pick up packages from stations and deliver them to the intended recipient by taking directions from the Flex app.

The shifts are usually in four-hour blocks, which can be scheduled ahead of time or as they become available. These blocks are becoming harder to get a hold of due to a large number of drivers fighting for them, but with a little patience, there’s still plenty to be had.

2. Compensation

The Amazon Flex driver pay ranges from $18 to $25 per hour.

The pay is dependent on the time of the shift, the region, and the difficulty. The good thing about Flex, though, is drivers will know how much they will earn from a shift before they sign up for it. This helps you decide if it’s worth it to take a particular delivery, something you can’t know when you drive for rideshare apps or even some food delivery services.

Occasionally, Amazon also offers incentives to its drivers such as gift cards for certain blocks completed within a time frame. Although there is still no permanent incentive or bonus system, they send out bonus opportunities via email.

3. Qualifications

The application process to be an Amazon Flex driver is pretty straightforward. However, a driver must first meet the following requirements:

  • Be 21 years old or older
  • Have a Social Security Number
  • Have auto insurance (a great option is Geico gap insurance)
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Pass a background check
  • Have a bank account capable of receiving direct deposits

In addition, the applying driver must have access to a qualifying vehicle. This can either be a four-door sedan, a minivan, or a pickup truck. Unlike with Uber or Lyft, the vehicle requirements for Amazon Flex delivery drivers are far less strict. As long as your vehicle is reliable enough for you to make deliveries on time, you can use it.

Finally, you’ll need an iPhone or Android phone in order to download the Amazon Flex driver app.

Pro Tip: If you need a car for Amazon Flex, it’s worth looking into long-term car rentals.

4. Types of Deliveries

Flex drivers are assigned several types of deliveries. The Flex app will let the drivers know which type they are going to do and how to complete it.

  • Amazon Packages – These are regular package deliveries.
  • Prime Now – These are more timely deliveries and come in bags instead of boxes.
  • Amazon Locker – Drivers will deliver packages to Amazon boxes, which are like PO boxes.
  • Merchant Pickups – Instead of picking up the package from an Amazon station, the driver will pick it up from the merchant.
  • Amazon Restaurants – These are food orders from restaurants.

There are also some possible special deliveries that can come up such as:

  • Attended Delivery – The customer or an authorized person must be there at the time of delivery.
  • Chilled and Frozen – The item will be placed in a cool bag with a dry ice box. The item must be pulled out of the cool bag upon delivery and the cool bag must be returned to the pickup station.
  • Alcohol – The recipient or customer must present ID as a proof of age. The ID is scanned via the Flex app.

5. Deactivation

Passing the application process doesn’t guarantee the driver a slot to drive for Amazon Flex for a lifetime.

Amazon Flex may deactivate a driver if they are constantly missing or late for scheduled shifts. Bad customer service, stealing or damaging packages, and failing to attempt to deliver packages are also reasons for Amazon to fire a driver.

Likewise, not scheduling a shift for 180 days can lead to forfeiture of the slot in Amazon Flex. So be sure to schedule shifts regularly to avoid getting deactivated. After all, working as an Amazon delivery driver a lot better than most part-time jobs you could be doing.

Finally, be aware that the total supply of Amazon Flex driver jobs is limited. The service tends to see greater demand during busy times such as the holiday season, leading to large hiring pushes on Amazon’s part.

Once the holiday rush has passed, however, it’s not uncommon for drivers to find themselves getting way fewer hours than before. This isn’t technically “deactivation,” but it’s something to watch out for if you’re relying on Amazon Flex for a large percentage of your income.

Know the Amazon Flex Requirements Before You Apply

If you own a car, you now have a lot of options to make extra income. Driving for Amazon Flex is a good choice, as it allows you to work on your own schedule and lets you see how much you’re going to earn before you take on a shift.

It can also be a good alternative for rideshare partners who don’t feel like driving for passengers that day. Drivers who are interested to learn more about Amazon Flex can check out their website for answers to frequently asked questions.

For a step-by-step tutorial for Amazon Flex drivers, check out this video from The Reality of Andy:

https://youtu.be/1CclhaE35xo

Would you want to apply as a driver for Amazon Flex? Let us know in the comments!

View All Comments (14) Add A Comment

  1. Angelette Hendon Says:

    An excellent opportunity for me to make extra cash on my spare time. The video was sample with excellent instruction on how to complete a route.

  2. Angelette Hendon Says:

    An excellent opportunity for me to make extra cash on my spare time. The video was sample with excellent instruction on how to complete a route.

  3. Jermaine Ellebb Says:

    I really look forward to working with Amazon sign me up. Thanks for the video.

  4. Jermaine Ellebb Says:

    I really look forward to working with Amazon sign me up. Thanks for the video.

  5. Rebecca Benedict Says:

    The video was good. I can’t wait to start driving

  6. Rebecca Benedict Says:

    The video was good. I can’t wait to start driving

  7. Barry Nembhard Says:

    Great video I live in White Plains in Westchester County and would love to work with Amazon delivering all types of packages. I really have a passion for the medical supply delivery side as I have seen first hand how Amazon delivering my uncles meds to his house has reduced his stress of going out to pickup of his medical supplies… now it just comes to the house….Awesome…sign me up!!!

  8. Barry Nembhard Says:

    Great video I live in White Plains in Westchester County and would love to work with Amazon delivering all types of packages. I really have a passion for the medical supply delivery side as I have seen first hand how Amazon delivering my uncles meds to his house has reduced his stress of going out to pickup of his medical supplies… now it just comes to the house….Awesome…sign me up!!!

  9. Michael. R Says:

    Great video, I have an 09 Civic but by the summer I am planning to buy myself a small pickup truck like a Tacoma or Honda Ridgeline pickup. I would like to work for Amazon Flex delivery so I can make extra money on the side while I work in my other job and going to school on nights during weekdays. I am currently doing Uber Eats/PostMates delivery and I work for FedEx part time and school part time.

  10. Michael. R Says:

    Great video, I have an 09 Civic but by the summer I am planning to buy myself a small pickup truck like a Tacoma or Honda Ridgeline pickup. I would like to work for Amazon Flex delivery so I can make extra money on the side while I work in my other job and going to school on nights during weekdays. I am currently doing Uber Eats/PostMates delivery and I work for FedEx part time and school part time.

  11. Alan Wright Cruthers Says:

    I would like to drive for Amazon flex to make extra money. I have a four door car, good insurance, California driver’s license, and a clean driving record for 25 years. I drove for both Uber and Lyft for two years between July of 2015 and July of 2017. My name is Alan Cruthers.

  12. Charlene Henry Says:

    I am interested in applying and learning more! Please sign me up.

  13. Mark Cox Says:

    I am interested in applying for amazon flex. and to learn more about it.

  14. Anthony Anderson Says:

    I’m interested. What is the next step

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