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How Postmates Prepaid Cards Work For Drivers [Step-By-Step]

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Key Takeaways

  • Provided in welcome kit, covers order costs at pickup, essential for all drivers.
  • Activation through Fleet app or Partner Dashboard, necessary to start delivering orders.
  • Cannot be used for personal purchases, strictly for customer orders payment.
  • Replacement available via customer service if lost, ensuring continuous delivery capability.

What Is a Postmates Prepaid Card?

A Postmates prepaid card is a payment card issued to Postmates delivery drivers as part of their welcome kit when they apply to become a driver.

This card is used to pay for customer orders at restaurants or shops, with the funds provided by Postmates.

The card receives direct payment from the customer’s order through the Postmates app, allowing the driver to make purchases for the delivery without using their own money.

The cost covered by the card is then settled by Postmates, ensuring drivers are reimbursed for the purchase when they complete the delivery.

Can I Do Postmates Without the Prepaid Card?

Yes, you can work for Postmates without using a prepaid card by only accepting orders that have already been prepaid by customers.

This allows you to continue delivering orders and earning money even if you’ve lost your card and are awaiting a replacement.

However, consistently avoiding orders that require the prepaid card may affect your acceptance rate, potentially leading to Postmates logging you out of their system and making it difficult to access your account.

How to Get a Postmates Prepaid Card

First, you will need to apply to work with the Postmates Fleet as a Postmates courier.

The company will conduct a background check on you before sending out a welcome kit with the Postmates prepaid card.

If the card doesn’t arrive for some reason, you can contact customer service to have another prepaid card sent to you.

There are also certain qualifications you’ll need to meet before having the card sent to you.

vector graphic showing a hand holding a postmates prepaid card against a card reader machine

Postmates Prepaid Card Qualifications

Before you can get the prepaid card sent to you and start working as a Postmates courier, you will need to be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check as well.

The background check will include a criminal background check as well as information from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

You will also need some type of vehicle to deliver the items to the customers.

This vehicle can be:

  • Truck
  • Van
  • Car
  • Motorcycle
  • Scooter
  • bicycle

To learn about the status of your background check, you can take a look at the Checkr applicant portal.

Applying for a Postmates Prepaid Card

If you are at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license with a vehicle or at least a bicycle, and can pass a background check, then you can apply.

Start an application on an iPhone or Android smartphone.

You’ll need to go to the Postmates.com website or the Postmates Fleet app.

On the website, click on the uppermost link on the left side and then choose “Sign up to deliver.”

You’ll need to enter your email address and pick a password.

Then, there will be standard information to fill out, including your full legal name and phone number.

You will also need to upload a photo of yourself so that customers will be able to identify you.

For the payment method to work, you’ll need to enter your bank account information so that you can get paid via direct deposit.

How Long Will It Take to Get the Card?

Receiving your Postmates prepaid card typically takes about a week, following the completion of your background check. If there are issues with your background check, Postmates will discuss these with you to determine eligibility.

For existing drivers who have lost their card and request a new one, the replacement should arrive within two to three business days, though it can sometimes take up to a week.

Postmates does not provide tracking information for the shipment of prepaid cards, but if your card does not arrive within a week, you should contact customer service.

How to Activate a Postmates Prepaid Card

You will need to link your Postmates credit card to your account.

You can activate the prepaid card on your Fleet app or through your Postmates delivery driver account using any device or browser.

Or, you can activate your card through the Postmates Partner Dashboard.

You will need an Internet connection to activate your card.

Activate Using the Postmates Partner Dashboard

Using the Postmates Partner Dashboard to activate your card is a rather simple process.

It consists of only four steps.

Follow these steps below.

That’s all there is to it!

You can also use the Postmates Fleet app to activate the card.

Activate Using the Postmates Fleet App

To activate your prepaid card using the Postmates Fleet app, follow the steps below.

  • Open the app
  • Click on the menu in the top-left corner
  • Pick on your photo
  • Click on the “Prepaid Card” link
  • Enter “Activate New Card”
  • Type in your card’s identifier
  • Write in the last four digits
  • Follow the prompt

How to Check the Balance on a Postmates Prepaid Card

The Postmates prepaid card only receives a certain amount of money when a customer has placed an order and you have chosen to fulfill that order.

Therefore, there is little reason to worry about the balance on a Postmates card.

There is no clear way to check the balance on a Postmates prepaid card.

You’ll need the card when a merchant or restaurant requires you to pay for the order, and then the balance will drop to zero once you’ve completed the payment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use my Postmates prepaid card for myself?

No, the Postmates prepaid card is only for customer orders, not personal use.

I lost my Postmates prepaid card. Can I still work?

Yes, but only accept prepaid orders until you replace the card. Avoid non-prepaid venues like fast food.

Wrapping Up

We hope this guide has given you the background you need to understand how to use Postmates prepaid cards to cover the charges at restaurants or shops.

Now that you know how to apply for the job, activate the card, and use it during the food delivery process, you’ll have a great way to make some extra cash.

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