Lyft Background Check
Every Lyft driver must pass the Lyft background check before they are approved to drive on the Lyft platform. The Lyft background check also includes a Lyft driving record check that ensure you are a safe driver. After being a mentor for more than two years, I can tell you that Lyft has the strictest driving record check out of all on-demand jobs. I regularly see people failing the Lyft driving record check but pass the Uber driving record check. If you are approved for Uber, that doesn’t mean that you will get approved for Lyft. However, the opposite is true: if you are approved to drive on Lyft, then you will be approved to drive on Uber.
One of the most common questions I get asked is what is covered in the Lyft background check? Do they do a local background check, state background check or national background check? Do they consult the national sex offender registry?
Will you pass the Lyft Background check?
Ultimately, there is only one way to find out and that is to sign up for Lyft. You can use this link to sign up for Lyft and right before you meet with your Lyft mentor, Lyft will run the Lyft DMV check. After your Lyft mentor session, Lyft will run the Lyft background check.
Also, read up on Lyft driver requirements and Lyft vehicle requirements.
Lyft Driving Record Check (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.
Here are the multiple levels in the Lyft background check:
- Social Security trace
- County courthouse records for the last seven years
- Federal courthouse records for the last seven years
- Mult-state criminal records for the past seven years
- DMV motor vehicle records
- National Sex Offender Registry
You will be ineligible to drive on the Lyft platform if, among other things, the background check results reveal convictions for any of the following in the past seven years:
- A violent crime
- A felony
- A drug-related offense
- A sexual offense
- Certain theft or property damage offenses
More restrictive standards may apply based on local requirements specific to ridesharing. Lyft reserves the right to disqualify a driver at any time should either their driving record or background check reveal any of the above items, or for any other safety-related reason at Lyft’s discretion.
If you do not pass your background check, you’ll receive a copy via email and instructions for how to contest the results.