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How to Apply to DoorDash [Step-By-Step]

Before you apply to become a DoorDash driver, you’ll need to make sure you have the correct documents.

What You’ll Need to Apply

The only two documents required to become a DoorDash driver are:

Valid driver’s license (if you’ll use a car, motorcycle, or truck)

Valid insurance on your vehicle

You don’t need your official social security card, but you will need to submit your social security number while signing up to drive as a Dasher.

How to Apply for DoorDash

Are you ready to start your application process to become a DoorDash driver?

Next, you’ll learn how to move through this process successfully. The application process with DoorDash is one of the simplest set of steps you’ll probably ever take to gain access to a money-making gig.

Total Time: 5 minutes

Step 1

Go to the DoorDash signup page (doordash.com/dasher/signup) & enter your email to register.

Step 2

Submit your name, phone number, and a password on the next page, then tap “Continue.”

Step 3

Select your vehicle type, then enter your driver’s license information and confirm that you have auto insurance.

Tap “Continue” once complete.

This step will look slightly different if your market allows DoorDash bike delivery or on-foot deliveries.

Step 4

Enter info required to submit a background check. This will include your birthday and Social Security number.

Step 5

Read through the background check disclosures and authorization message.

If desired, you can also opt to “Receive a free copy of my background check report.” Then, tap “Continue” to authorize the required background check.

Step 6

Download the DoorDash app from Google Play Store or the App Store. After that, you’re done!

What to Expect After Applying to DoorDash

Good job! You successfully applied to become the next DoorDash Dasher.

How Long Does it Take to Get Approved for DoorDash?


In most cases, the entire approval process takes anywhere from five to 10 business days. The part that often takes the longest is the background check. Most DoorDash background checks are processed within 5-7 days.

Over 3,000 counties exist in the United States and there isn’t any formal criminal records database that makes it easy to search all counties easily. If you have prior transgressions for Checkr to process, then expect your background check to take closer to 10 days.

Motor Vehicle record check processing times depend on the state you live in. Some states report back in a few days while others take longer than one week to produce a report.

One way exists to help speed up your background check. Make sure you don’t use any strange nicknames when signing up at the DoorDash website. Use your full legal name that appears on your tax returns, for example.

What Does the DoorDash Approval Process Entail?


The DoorDash approval process entails waiting for the background check to come back as approved. You’ll also go through a DoorDash orientation during this time frame.

You’ll have the option to schedule an in-person orientation for a specific time, drop by your local DoorDash office during open orientation hours, or simply request a DoorDash Activation Kit instead.

What if I Get on the DoorDash Driver Waitlist?


The waitlist just means that the company isn’t currently accepting DoorDash delivery drivers in your area. They’ve probably deemed the area as saturated. You’ll gain entry when other drivers quit, get deactivated, or demand for DoorDash goes up. You’ll need to remain patient as you wait.

What Happens if I Get Denied to Become a DoorDash Driver?


If you get rejected by the DoorDash background check and you know that you have a clean record, then ask for a report of the background check.

It’s your legal right to ask for and see the report. A mistake probably happened and you can show DoorDash that fact. Or, you may have gotten rejected for something as simple as a blurry driver’s license picture.

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