Help CenterCategory: DrivingDUI and Uber: Can I drive for Uber with a DUI?
Ariel asked 1 year ago

I just got my first ever DUI, can I still drive for Postmates? (Or LYFT, or Uber, or Amazon or Grubhub?? My restricted license allows me to drive to and from work…help!

Can you drive for Lyft with a DUI? What are Uber DUI rules for new and existing drivers??

1 Answers
Ridester Staff answered 3 months ago

Hey Ariel,

This is a tricky question to answer. It’s a twofold answer really.

If you are already and existing Uber, Lyft, or Postmates driver, you should be able to keep driving since you’ve already passed the background check and completed the onboarding process. However, please keep in mind that it’s necessary to fight the charge and try to get it dropped, otherwise it could come back to bite you.

A DUI conviction remains on a driver’s record for 10 years, on average. This obviously depends on the person, but this is how long it remains from what I could tell.

At any rate, most times, rideshare services require a DUI to be at least 10 years old in order to be considered eligible to drive anyways.

Uber and Lyft’s Requirements: DUI

According to this website,

Uber: You are not allowed to drive for Uber if you have a DUI in the past 10 years. Many rideshare blogs say the rule is 7 years, but in California Uber uses a 10-year rule, which matches how long the state leaves a DUI on your driver record.

Lyft: The rules are the same. Officially, you cannot have a DUI on your record for “a minimum of 7 years.” Since California driver records go back 10 years, expect that this means no DUI for at least that far back.

Neither company offers an exception of any kind.

Both companies also have policies against hiring convicted felons, which means you could be prevented from driving for them with a felony DUI on your record, even if it was more than 10 years ago. However, Uber has recently started hiring some non-violent felons, which could allow you to qualify.

It’s pretty apparent TNCs are incredibly strict when it comes to DUIs and passing their background checks. They have a zero tolerance policy for the sake of riders, and keep safety at the forefront of pretty much everything they do.

Can I still drive for Uber if my DUI has been expunged?

If you have a DUI and Uber has approved you to be a driver, then it likely that the DUI was expunged and you’re good to go.

When you get a DUI expunged, it means that the court has dismissed the charge against you. However, if the DUI remains on your record, Uber and Lyft could see this and decline your driver application.

My take

If you have a DUI before you apply to drive for a TNC, it’s pretty likely you’re going to get rejected. However, if you get one after you’ve been approved, seek help immediately from a professional lawyer. They can work to get the charge dropped and you’ll have a much better chance of staying on board.

Hope this helps!