If you have a drunk driving conviction in your history, you might be wondering if you can drive for Uber with a DUI.
In this article, we’ll discuss Uber’s background check process and what it entails.
We’ll also talk about how far back the check goes and whether you can dispute the results of the background check.
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Can You Drive for Uber With a DUI?
Generally speaking, Uber won’t let you drive for its rideshare platform if your background check reveals a felony DUI within the last seven years.
Even a dismissed DUI will typically cause Uber to deny your application.
However, it’s worth asking for a review of a denied Uber driving application if you weren’t convicted on the DUI charge.
For example, your state may have dropped the charges.
Uber representatives may see the DUI in the background check and deny you without understanding all the details.
Contact Uber and explain that you never received a conviction.
What About a DUI Over Seven Years Ago?
If your DUI offense happened more than seven years ago, Uber should hire you.
However, if you live in a California city like San Diego, Uber looks back 10 years when reviewing DUI information.
No matter when your DUI conviction took place, you should take precautions before submitting to the background check.
Contact a DUI attorney to see if he or she can successfully get the court to expunge a DUI from your record.
What Is Non-disclosure of DWI Convictions?
The state of Texas calls the expungement process the DWI non-disclosure process.
If a Texas court seals your “driving while intoxicated” conviction from the public, you can legally deny that the DWI occurred.
What Happens if You Get a DUI While Driving for Uber?
If you get a DUI while driving for Uber, you will likely face immediate deactivation from the platform.
You can try to complete an interview process to discuss it with an Uber representative.
However, it’s highly unlikely that Uber will reinstate you as an Uber driver.
The same thing will happen if you’re a Lyft driver.
The issue will also negatively affect the relationship with your auto insurance company.
How Often Does Uber Conduct Background Checks?
You must complete the first Uber background when you apply as an Uber rideshare driver.
After your initial hiring background check, Uber then runs annual background checks on all of its drivers.
If anything changes on your criminal record, you may lose your ability to drive for Uber.
Can You Dispute the Results of Your Uber Background Check?
Yes, you can dispute the results of your Uber background check.
If you think that there’s an error on your criminal history report or driving record, then you can contact Checkr and have them look into it.
You can also contact Uber and let them know that you’re contesting the results of your background check.
Sometimes, the criminal or DMV records of people with similar names became intertwined.
For instance, if your name is John Smith, and there’s another John Smith with a criminal record, you might find that the wrong person’s information shows up on your background check.
If this happens, then you can have Checkr investigate and clear up the mistake.
However, it can take some time to get everything sorted out.
Be patient and give Checkr a chance to complete the process.
How To Dispute Your Background Check
If you want to dispute your background check results, then you need to contact Checkr and Uber.
The company’s website has a form that you can fill out to start the dispute process.
Here are the steps to take:
First, go to this Checkr Candidate Portal page.
Next, fill out the form on the following page.
The form asks for this information:
- Social security number
- Phone number
- Date of birth
After filling in the boxes, click on the “Get status” button.
The next page will reveal steps for filing a dispute.
You can also reach out to Checkr by email, phone, or mail.
To use email, use this customer support page.
Upload any supporting documents that prove the inaccuracy of the background check.
If you’d rather speak to a customer support representative, you can reach one at 844-824-3257.
Lastly, you can mail your dispute to this address:
- Checkr, Inc.
- 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 2400
- San Francisco, CA 94104
Don’t forget to include all supporting documentation when sending your dispute by mail.
You will need to contact Uber if Checkr comes back and says that its reinvestigation confirmed the authenticity of your original background check.
Go back to Uber and explain the situation.
Try to give the Uber customer support team as much context around the situation as possible.
Remain calm at all times, even if you become frustrated.
If your background required some sort of rehabilitation, provide Uber with evidence of your rehabilitation process.
Can you drive for Uber with a DUI?
If a DUI sits on your driving record, Uber will deny your application.
However, if your conviction occurred more than seven years ago, there’s a good chance your application will go through successfully.
Do you still have questions about Uber and a DUI?
Ask us in the comments.
If you know you have a recent DUI, contact a DUI lawyer for legal advice about the DUI expungement process before applying with Uber.
If your lawyer successfully wipes the DUI from public view, then you can more comfortably submit to the Uber background check.