Lyft Background Check
In this article, I’ll be going over the details of the background check. But before we begin, the best way to find out if you are eligible is by simply signing up here! There is no penalty or cost for signing up. In fact, Lyft will give you a free background check report of your state and federal criminal history as well as your motor vehicle records. Every potential driver is required to run a free background check composed of two parts – a state and federal background check and a motor vehicle records check.
Moving on, so Lyft doesn’t actually do the check! They contract that work to a company called Checkr. A copy of the results of your background check will be emailed to you. That way if anything disqualifies you, you’ll know exactly what is holding you back. Lyft will commonly point back to Checkr when new drivers inquire about their screening. Save yourself the time and check on your Lyft background check by contacting Checkr Directly!
If you don’t pass your Background Check, you’ll receive a copy via email with instructions on how to contest those results.
Checkr Motor Vehicle Records Check
If any of the violations listed below are on your record, you’ll likely be ineligible to drive with Lyft:
- A major moving violation in the past three years (e.g., driving on a suspended license, reckless driving)
- Any driving-related convictions in the last seven years (e.g. hit-and-run, felonies involving a vehicle)
- A DUI or other drug-related driving violation in the last seven years
- More than three moving violations in the past three years (e.g. accidents, traffic light violations)
Checkr Background Check
Checkr’s criminal background check is both on both a national and county-level. You may pass one, but not the other. Sometimes one passes quickly and the other takes a while. When needed, local courthouse records can stretch back a minimum of 7 years for a deeper review of convictions, some jurisdictions longer than others. If any of the violations listed below are on your record, you’ll likely be ineligible to drive with Lyft:
- A violent crime
- A felony
- A sexual offense
- Certain theft or property damage offenses
- A drug-related offense
**PLEASE NOTE** The New York City DMV and criminal background checks are performed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) according to their particular licensing standards, rather than through Lyft.