DoorDash is one of the many companies that offer drivers a way to make some extra cash on the side delivering food. Getting set up is fairly straightforward, and it can be a great way to earn extra money on your own time.
However, in some situations, DoorDash will be unable to accept new drivers. There are a few reasons for this, but it mainly has to do with supply and demand. It can be a pain to wait around to see if DoorDash will accept your application, so it’s a good idea to inform yourself on why they might reject it.
Keep reading to see an explanation of why DoorDash may not be accepting new drivers, as well as some details on working for DoorDash in general.
Why Is DoorDash Not Accepting New Drivers?
DoorDash doesn’t accept new drivers if they have too many driver sin an area already. If they have a lot of dashers in a region, they may place you on a waitlist. The waitlist can take anywhere from a couple of days to over a month.
If you want to learn more about becoming a Dasher, keep reading…
Why Won’t DoorDash Let Me Become a Driver?
According to Thisonlineworld.com, DoorDash sometimes places new drives on a ‘waitlist’. There are two potential reasons for this, and both are related to supply and demand.
DoorDash may not let you sign up to be a driver if there are already too many drivers in your area, or if DoorDash services are not available where you live.
If DoorDash allows too many people to become drivers, then there will be too much competition for delivery orders. Too many drivers and not enough orders means that drivers will have a hard time making any money at all.
Likewise, you won’t be able to become a driver if you are in an area where DoorDash services do not exist. If this is the case, you can try signing up for a different region, if there is one available nearby. However, you must be prepared to perform deliveries in the region for which you sign up.
How Long Do You Have To Wait To Become A Dasher?
The sign up process for becoming a DoorDash driver is fairly straightforward. However, applicants may not be able to start driving right away. There are a couple different reasons for this. According to Bestreferraldriver.com, DoorDash performs background checks on new potential drivers before accepting their applications.
You have to wait 5-7 business days to become a Dasher. This gives the company time to perform a background check on you before accepting your application. The process can sometimes take longer than seven days.
The background check is a general screener to which you must consent. This process is the same for all applicants. If the screening finds something that disqualifies you from being a driver, then you might not get hired.
If your application was rejected due to failing the background check, you can request the report so you can see what the issue was specifically. Typically, the screening checks mostly for criminal records and motor vehicle license records.
In addition to the background check, it can take from 1-4 business days for your ‘activation kit’ to arrive in the mail. This kit consists of your DoorDash Red Card, hot storage bag, and a manual for new drivers.
The kit is not absolutely necessary in order for you to begin making deliveries, but it can make things a bit easier for you.
Read: What Does ‘Dasher Must Be Active to Schedule Dashes’ Mean on Doordash?
What Will Disqualify You From DoorDash?
There are a number of things that can disqualify you from being a DoorDash driver. DoorDash screens all new drivers to check criminal records and automobile license records, among other things.
Violent crimes, DUI, or driving with an expired license can all get you disqualified from DoorDash. Other factors, including blurry license photos, can also get you disqualified.
The background check also looks for involvement in automobile accidents or moving violations. Three or more ‘major incidents’ such as these will also get you disqualified from driving for DoorDash.
Some types of accidents can be counted as two separate instances if you end up charged with moving violations in relation to an accident that has occurred.
It’s important to note that background check information cannot be made available to an employer without your express consent. The employer must also give you notice in case they intend to take action against your application based on the background check.
Background checks typically only cover incidents going back seven years. However, some things, like federal crimes, are not limited as to how long they can be seen in a background check.
Why Is DoorDash Dasher Not Working?
Some drivers encounter issues trying to use the driver app for DoorDash. There are a number of reasons the app may not be working. However, it is typically a fairly quick fix to get it working again.
If DoorDash Dasher isn’t working, you should try clearing the cache data for the DoorDash Driver app on your phone. If this does not work, you may have to update your phone’s OS.
The app cache can be found in the ‘apps’ section of the Android settings page. It can also be found in the ‘General’ section of the iPhone settings (under ‘iPhone Storage’).
Clearing the app cache for DoorDash Dasher ensures that there is no corrupt data in the cache causing issues with the app. If you continue experiencing errors, then you may have to troubleshoot the app.
There are a wide range of errors that can pop up when trying to use DoorDash Dasher. For more information on the various errors and how to fix them, you can visit DoorDash’s support page on the issue.
Being a delivery driver for DoorDash can be a very rewarding experience for people who want to make some extra money on the side. However, it can be a pain in the neck to sit around waiting for approval in order to become a driver.
This is why it is important to understand the application process, and prepare accordingly.
It’s important that if you do not pass the background check for DoorDash, that you request a report so you know exactly what the problem was. Sometimes it can be something as simple as a blurry license photo.
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