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As the ridesharing industry continues to grow, even the most traditional companies are turning to everyday drivers to help their businesses succeed. Among these brands, the United Parcel Service (UPS) offers some of the most enticing driving gigs around. If you’re looking to make good money behind the wheel without turning to rideshare apps, becoming a UPS Personal Vehicle Driver may be the right path for you.
While UPS still predominantly relies on its standard full-time drivers to deliver packages throughout the year, the busiest delivery seasons often present a need for extra hands and wheels. This is especially true as more and more consumers demand same-day deliveries across the United States.
Through the UPS Personal Vehicle Driver program, the company is filling in the gaps by offering drivers like you the chance to earn big, just by providing support along their routes. We’ll guide you through what the gig looks like and how you can sign up below.
- What Do UPS Personal Vehicle Drivers Do?
- Signing Up as a UPS Personal Vehicle Driver
- How Much Do UPS PVDs Make?
- UPS Personal Vehicle Driver Schedules
- When Can I Find UPS Personal Vehicle Driver Gigs?
- Frequently Asked Questions
What Do UPS Personal Vehicle Drivers Do?
UPS Personal Vehicle Drivers (PVDs) — sometimes known as seasonal personal vehicle package drivers — are temporary employees who support the company’s ground services during times of high demand. Using their own cars, they’re responsible for taking on the role of a standard UPS delivery driver. This includes package pick-up, package delivery, and driving along a designated route.
Unlike Amazon Flex drivers, you will be expected to keep up with a set schedule, as PVDs are actual employees, rather than independent contractors.
The UPS PVD gig can be physically demanding. It’s fairly physical, with plenty of lifting and time on your feet required, and fast-paced to keep up with consumer demand. However, if you love spending time in your car, exploring the city, and meeting customers, this can be an excellent seasonal gig for you.
Signing Up as a UPS Personal Vehicle Driver
While PVDs can avoid the stricter guidelines that standard UPS drivers face — often including a required commercial driver’s license (CDL) — they still need to meet their own set of requirements to get hired. Below, we’ll go through what it takes to qualify as a Personal Vehicle Driver and complete the application process.
UPS Personal Vehicle Driver Requirements
Before you get started with the driver sign-up process, you’ll want to make sure that you meet the minimum requirements set for the PVD gig. To become a Personal Vehicle Driver, you must:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Own an eligible vehicle (we’ll touch more on this)
- Have proof of a registered vehicle
- Have proof of auto insurance, with minimum coverage required by your state
- Have had no at-fault accidents within the past three years
- Have had no moving violations within the past 12 months
- Be able to carry, lift, and lower packages weighing as much as 70 pounds
UPS also does run background checks on all of its employees.
Though this set of driver requirements is stricter than the ones that companies like Uber and Lyft set, PVD vehicle requirements are actually quite lenient. Your car likely qualifies as long as it:
- Is under 10,000 pounds (for reference, most sedans are about 3,000 pounds)
- Has no logos or markings representing other companies
- Has no political stickers or bumper stickers
- Has no offensive markings
- Has no oversized rims or lowrider suspensions
Once you’re on the job, you are required to wear a company-provided UPS uniform and meet personal appearance guidelines. These guidelines are somewhat strict, but easy to adhere to. They include staying clean-shaven, keeping tattoos hidden, and keeping your hair cut above the ear (for men) or shoulder length (for women). You’ll likely need to purchase UPS socks and eligible brown or black shoes to complement your uniform, as well.
Driver Sign-Up Process
The PVD sign-up process does require a few more steps than when you’re signing up for an app-based driving gigs. However, the United Parcel Service’s traditional hiring process is still fairly straightforward.
Once you find a UPS PVD gig on this seasonal personal vehicle package driver page, start by tapping on the job title. Then, scroll down and select “Apply Now.”
After creating a UPS jobs account, you’ll simply need to follow the prompts to answer qualification questions and complete a short online application for the location you selected. Once everything is submitted, you’ll be contacted by a team member for an interview.
Most former UPS Personal Vehicle Drivers report that the interview process is fairly easy, and that you’ll only be asked basic interview and qualification questions. In many cases, eligible drivers were able to get hired in a matter of three days or less.
Once you’re hired on, you’ll just need to complete a few hours of training, which will help you feel fully prepared on your first day performing ground delivery services.
How Much Do UPS PVDs Make?
One of the biggest draws of the UPS Personal Vehicle Driver gig is the level of pay you can receive. As a seasonal delivery driver, you can make up to $30 per hour — usually at least $21 per hour — depending on your location.
In addition to paying considerably more than most rideshare gigs, the PVD job is a standard employment opportunity. This means you won’t have to worry about self-employment taxes or job-related expenses. In fact, UPS will pay you $0.58 per mile (or whatever the current IRS standard mileage rate is) on top of your hourly salary to cover your expected gas expenses.
All this considered, the Personal Vehicle Driver position is a great way to guarantee a stable income for at least one season.
UPS Personal Vehicle Driver Schedules
So when exactly do you need to work as a seasonal employee? UPS hires both part-time and full-time PVDs, with full-time drivers working approximately eight hours per day, Monday to Friday. Depending on where you’re located, Tuesday to Saturday shifts may be available, too.
Of course, because you’re providing support at the busiest time of the year, you may find yourself working on your off-days, too. UPS Personal Vehicle Drivers are often required to complete over-the-holiday work and Saturday shifts. Otherwise, these extra shifts will likely be available to you to take on, if you want to earn outside of your standard shifts.
When Can I Find UPS Personal Vehicle Driver Gigs?
Because the PVD gig is a seasonal driver job, it’s not available year-round. By far, it is most available during the holiday season, when thousands of consumers are shipping tons of packages nationwide.
Some UPS locations will start posting jobs as early as late October, or at least by mid-November, so make sure to keep an eye out to stand out as an early applicant. In areas of higher demand, the company may even have open availability throughout the full season, which usually lasts from late November to early January.
This holiday season demand for UPS Personal Vehicle Drivers could make the job a great option for college students and teachers, depending on your school’s winter break schedule. Rideshare drivers who already make a living on the road can even take a break from their primary gigs to earn great guaranteed pay during the season.
Frequently Asked Questions
Becoming a UPS Personal Vehicle Driver is an excellent way to earn thousands in as little as a month. To learn more about this driving job, read our answers to these common questions:
1. Does UPS offer any independent contractor driving gigs?
At this time, UPS only offers part-time, full-time, and seasonal gigs for drivers. If you’re interested in these employment opportunities, head to this driver jobs page to find openings near you.
2. Can I get hired full-time after my UPS Personal Vehicle Driver gig ends?
This will depend on the demand at the UPS location you’re hired at. If you perform well and the location needs extra hands, there’s a decent chance that you can at least land a permanent part-time job. According to UPS, over a third of seasonal employees end up with permanent roles following the end of their gigs.
3. Do I have to use my own vehicle as a UPS Personal Vehicle Driver, or can I use a borrowed or rented vehicle?
You must use your own vehicle as a PVD, as UPS requires your car to be registered and insured under your name. You must also have reliable access to your vehicle, so sharing your car with a family member during the season isn’t recommended either, due to your long hours.
Get Reliable Earnings With UPS
Everyday drivers don’t have to turn to rideshare or app-based delivery gigs to earn. UPS Personal Vehicle Drivers are actual employees who can earn up to $30 per hour guaranteed on a consistent schedule — even full-time — for a season. For over a third of PVDs, this seasonal gig is just the start of employment at UPS, a company that’s known for providing excellent benefits for its many part-time and full-time drivers.
If you want to earn with delivery on a more flexible schedule outside of the holiday season, learn about the available Amazon Flex delivery services that you can help provide.
Jonathan Cousar began driving for Uber in 2013 when the ride-hail company first began operations in New York City. He has booked more than 7,000 trips. In 2014 he created Uber Driver Diaries, which was the first blog by an Uber driver describing the highs and lows of driving as well as offering tips and tricks and information on the industry as a whole. In 2016 Ridester acquired the site, and Jonathan began writing full-time about the rideshare industry and the gig economy. He has also done extensive research into driver issues related to pay and working conditions.