In most instances, the idea of getting into a car with a stranger would make most people think twice. But getting into a Lyft or an Uber doesn’t give us the same response. Why? Because we know the drivers chosen to drive for the rideshare company have been examined and found to be safe.
If you’re a prospective rideshare driver, this may make you nervous, depending on your background. What if you’re unable to start work? Knowing what to expect during rideshare background checks will relieve this tension.
Who Performs the Checks?
Uber and Lyft both use outside companies to perform background checks. Uber uses a company called Checkr. Checkr goes through several local, national, and global databases as well as the driver’s social security information to ensure that drivers are safe and reliable. Several other nationwide businesses, such as Airbnb and Instacart, also use this company.
What Do Background Checks Look for?
During a rideshare background check, you can expect the company to focus on two aspects: your personal background as well as your driving history.
When Checkr examines a person’s history of criminal offenses, it goes through local, state, and national court records, the National Sex Offender Registry, and the FBI’s terror watchlist. The types of offenses of which they take special note include:
- Child endangerment and abuse
- Violent crimes
- Resisting arrest
- Crimes related to drugs
- Sexual offenses
The background check will also verify your age to ensure you’re at least 21 years of age.
In other professions, one’s driving history would be inconsequential. But rideshare companies need to know their drivers won’t endanger the lives of their passengers through reckless or unsafe driving. So, as Checkr checks for criminal offenses, it will also look for:
- Moving violations
- Driving without insurance
- Stoplight violations
What Happens If They Find Something?
This question largely depends on the nature of the offense, how many times the potential driver committed the offense, and how long ago it was. For instance, if a driver has one moving violation, this will not harm them. If they have three moving violations over three years, it will count against them. If the driver has a serious criminal offense on their record, they may be deemed ineligible to drive.
When Do Rideshares Perform Background Checks?
All Uber and Lyft drivers have to pass background checks before they’re allowed to drive. After this, checks are performed once a year. This ensures the driver has continued to perform safe driving habits, especially while driving for their services.
Background checks are just another part of the process of becoming a bona fide rideshare driver. Once you’ve passed and you’re ready to drive, Fast Track Mobility has TLC car rentals in the Bronx and the other boroughs to help you get started.