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DUI Uber Driving
(What if You Get Caught and More to Know About)

In most cases, the ridesharing company Uber does not allow people to become drivers if they have a DUI on their record. If you’ve had a DUI at some point in the past, and the conviction has been dropped from your driving record, you may be eligible for employment with Uber.
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Does Uber Do Background Checks?

Yes. Uber checks your background for the past 7 years. This includes state and national criminal records, motor vehicle reports, and driving infractions. Uber's background checks are performed by the company's third-party providers Checkr, HireRight, and Samba Safety, each of which is accredited by the Professional Background Screening Association.

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How Long After a DUI Can I Drive for Uber in California?

California keeps DUI convictions on record for 10 years, so you cannot drive for Uber until at least a decade after the conviction. It is also important to understand that once the 10 years have passed, it does not automatically mean you will be able to drive for Uber. This is because some DUIs are charged as felonies. If you are charged with felony DUI and convicted, you will never be able to drive for Uber.

What Else Can Disqualify Someone from Working at Uber?

In addition to being convicted of a DUI, the following driving-related offenses can bar you from becoming employed with Uber:

What's the Difference Between a Misdemeanor DUI and a Felony DUI?

The main difference between a misdemeanor and felony DUI charge is the seriousness of the offense and the punishment. A misdemeanor is when your drunk driving does not endanger anyone else’s life, while a felony occurs when you put another person's life at risk. As a result of the danger you have put others in with your DUI, a felony carries with it much more severe punishments and restrictions on your driving privileges.

Can I Drive With Uber if I Have a Criminal Record?

Depending on the type of crime you've been convicted of, having a criminal record doesn't always stop people from working as Uber drivers. Decisions regarding employment are made on an individual basis depending on the type of conviction, how long ago the crime was committed, and whether it is part of a pattern of offending.

Can I Reapply for Uber After Being Rejected?

It is possible to reapply to Uber, but you will have to wait for at least 6 months, and your chances of being accepted following a rejection are low. There is no official reapplication process, but you can contact Uber and ask to reapply.

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