Lesson 1: The Application Process

Hello and welcome to your first lesson in course two at the Rideshare Academy. In this lesson, we will cover the application process that you will experience when becoming a rideshare driver.

Whether you have used major ridesharing companies before or are new to the word and concept entirely, we will cover top to bottom and bottom to top the ins and outs of ridesharing and what it means to become a rideshare driver.

Getting Started

The first step on your journey is to follow the application process of your chosen ridesharing company. In this lesson, we will be covering the general application process of three ridesharing companies and highlighting how they differ from each other.

The Rideshare Application

To kick off your application, begin by finding and downloading the app. Lyft and Uber both have an app specifically for it’s drivers! After downloading the application create your profile and follow the prompts for filling out your vehicle identification number and personal information.

Some of the things you are required to enter are:

  • First, Middle and Last Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Drivers License Number
  • Residential Address

After you have submitted the above information, the ridesharing company will begin to conduct a background check based on the information. This is a requirement for all drivers, whether you drive for Uber or Lyft.

What exactly is the background check for? Well, it is a way for ridesharing companies to sort through drivers who have had previous violations or may be unfit to represent the company.

They use a company called Checkr to perform the background check at no cost to the potential driver. Uber specifically looks at a few key factors:

The Uber background check looks at these records

  • County courthouse records for every county of residence for the last 7 years
  • Federal courthouse records going back 7 years
  • The multi-state criminal database going back 7 years
  • Motor Vehicle Records
  • Social Security Trace
  • National Sex Offender Registry

Uber driving record check criteria

Your background must meet these conditions:

  • A minimum of 1 year U.S. licensing history (if under 23 years old, must have at least 3 years licensing history)
  • A clean Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) with no more than 3 incidents in the past 3 years
  • No DUIs and no reckless driving
    • California Uber drivers must not have a DUI in the last 10 years.
  • A clean criminal background check with no felonies or misdemeanors involving theft, violence or drugs in a given time frame
  • No speeding violations for driving 20 mph or greater over the speed limit in the past 3 years.

While Lyft is looking for similar offenses and factors, they differ slightly.

Lyft DMV check

Lyft uses a third party to check every potential driver’s driving record. You are ineligible to drive on the Lyft platform if any of the below are found on your driving record:

  • More than three moving violations in the past three years (e.g. accidents, traffic light violations)
  • A major moving violation in the past three years (e.g., driving on a suspended license, reckless driving)
  • A DUI or other drug-related driving violation in the last seven years
  • Any driving-related convictions in the last seven years (e.g. hit-and-run, felonies involving a vehicle)

Lyft Background check

Every driver is screened for criminal offenses and driving incidents. Lyft’s criminal background check is provided by a third party and includes national and county-level databases, and when necessary, local courthouse record checks stretching back a minimum of 7 years for review of convictions in California, and longer in some other jurisdictions.

You will be ineligible to drive on the Lyft platform if, among other things, the background check results reveal:

  • A violent crime
  • A felony
  • A drug-related offense
  • A sexual offense
  • Certain theft or property damage offenses

Platform Specific Driver Requirements

Now that we have our basic requirements down, it’s time to look at how some of the companies may differ with their application process. These are the driver requirements for each platform as listed on their websites.


  • You must be at least 21 years old, with at least three years of driving experience. Or, at least 23 years old with at least 1 years of driving experience.
  •  A valid driver’s license for the state you reside in.
  •  You vehicle registration must be valid and up to date.
  •  A driving record that’s clean to Uber’s standards.
  •  Your record must be empty of any drug-related offenses, including but not limited to DUI’s.
  •  No fatal accidents.
  •  No history of reckless driving.
  •  No criminal record.
  • Car requirement: 4 door car that is year 2007 or newer.


  • You must be at least 21 years old
  • Car requirement: 4-door car that is year 2003 or newer.
  • You must have in-state insurance with your name on the policy
  • In-state plates with a current registration (commercial plates are acceptable)
  • Own a current smartphone: iPhone 4s or newer running iOS 7+, Android devices running 4.0+


Juno’s application process is more or less the same, however there is one part that is vitally different – an in person interview. When applying with Juno ridesharing services, they will ask set up a formal interview like most other jobs you may have applied to. This is a unique opportunity because you have a chance to make a face to face connection with a company representative.

Be Transparent

Because there is no interview (Juno excluded) many drivers tend to treat their application as a formality. With any application for any job, its important to remember that accuracy is key. Don’t allow the background check to surprise the company when you had the chance to be upfront about previous tickets or traffic violations. The things that held you back today (Current speeding ticket, background check fail) may not going forward, if you ever chose to re-apply.

Rideshare Application Process Recap

Below are some questions about this module. Take the time to consider the information you have read and answer these questions in your head.

  1. Where do you fill out your application?
  2. What personal information must you provide for the background check?
  3. Will all felonies or misdemeanors ban you from becoming a rideshare driver?
  4. Which ridesharing company requires you to come in for an in-person interview?
  5. Should you lie on your application?

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