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How to Apply For Instacart [Step-By-Step]

Applying to drive for Instacart is a very simple process and only takes a few minutes to complete.

You’ll need to show a driver’s license if you’re applying to be a full-service shopper, otherwise, any ID will work.

Other than that, you just need to hook up a debit card to the account so you can get paid.

How to Apply for Instacart [Tutorial]

vector graphic showing man in the process of trying to become an instacart shopper

Follow these instructions to become an Instacart Shopper.

Total Time: 2 minutes

1. Click the Referral Link

To join the company and become an Instacart driver, first click our referral link that will take you to the driver sign up page on the Instacart website.

Once there, enter your first name, last name, email address, zip code, and referral code if you have one.

2. Download the Instacart Shopper App

From there, the application will prompt you to download the Instacart Shopper app.

Enter your phone number in the box and appears, and a download link will be sent to your mobile device.

3. Enter Basic Information

Fill in the form with your first name, last name, email, cell phone number, and ZIP code.

You can also enter a referral code if another Instacart Shopper referred you to drive for Instacart.

Then, tap “Create account.”

4. Confirm Account

You’ll then receive a verification code via text.

Enter the code in your app.

Enter that into the screen that says “Enter SMS Code”

5. Confirm You Meet Requirements

Confirm you meet the Instacart Shopper requirements.

6. Confirm you have a car.

You will then need to confirm that you have a vehicle to drive.

7. Choose Role

Select the “Shop & Drive” gig, read through the details about the gig, and tap “Choose this role.”

8. Begin questionnaire

Tap “Start” to begin the questionnaire. It will ask you about your experience working at grocery stores or in customer service roles and what you would do in relevant situations.

9. Take Photo

Once you’ve finished the questionnaire, tap “Take photo” to submit images of the front and back of your driver’s license.

10. Follow Remaining Prompts

Follow the remaining prompts to submit the required personal information and authorize a background check.

Once your documents and questionnaire answers are accepted and your background check comes back clean (usually in about a week), Instacart will mail you a prepaid debit card.

Once you receive your card, which you’ll use every time you check out at the store, you can start your first delivery.

What to Expect After Applying for Instacart

Once you apply, what’s next? In between your application and your approval, here’s what to expect.

How Long Does it Take to Become an Instacart Shopper?

The approval process is usually only held up by the background check, which takes an average of ten days. However, it can become a longer process if there is abnormally high volume or any distinct court closures.

What Does the Instacart Shopper Approval Process Entail?

The approval process entails verification of the details you provided, including checking to see that you meet the basic requirements for the role you’ve applied for.

How Will I Know if Instacart Approved or Denied Me After Applying?

You can go into the Shopper app and look for your signup status. If it says “Awaiting Approval”, that means the team hasn’t had time to review your application yet.

What if I Get Waitlisted by Instacart?

If you get find yourself on the Instacart waitlist, that just means the zip code where you live is already too saturated with drivers or shippers. Over time, as things change, you may be accepted.

If you’re willing to shop in an area other than your own zip code, you can reach out to
Instacart customer service.

You can start a live chat with an Instacart agent or send them an email to share these new zip codes. You may be able to skip the waitlist by working outside of your immediate area.

What Happens if I Get Denied by Instacart?

If you get denied, you have legal rights to fix any mistakes that may have led to this or even sue for damages under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Things to Keep in Mind After Applying for Instacart

Once you apply and are accepted, there are a few things you should keep in mind as you get started working your new part-time gig.

1. There is a Learning Curve

The first thing you need to know is that yes, there is a learning curve.

Even if you’re a pro-shopper for yourself, shopping for others and learning how to use the Instacart shopper app can be a bit challenging at first.

Don’t expect to complete your order shopping as fast as you would your own, and give yourself time to get the hang of it.

2. Gain Experience from Other Shoppers

You can learn a lot about the Instacart experience from other shoppers. You’ll see them in the stores, with their branded shirts and carts full of insulated Instacart bags.

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, help, or even stories of their experience working for the grocery delivery service.

It’s a great way to ease yourself into the job and get to know others doing the same thing.

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