So you want to become a DoorDash driver? Driving for DoorDash is a great way to make money while keeping flexibility at the top of your list, but there is a lot to know about delivery driving and what DoorDash offers. Check out our all-encompassing article on things you should know to work for DoorDash.
How to Become a DoorDash Driver
Becoming a DoorDash driver is fairly easy as long as you meet the requirements. You don’t need to ‘apply for DoorDash’ in the traditional sense; simply visit DoorDash.com to sign up and begin your DoorDash application from there.
Here is what you need to know about DoorDash jobs and DoorDash driver requirements:
- 18 or older
- Any car, scooter, or bicycle (in select cities)
- Driver’s license number
- Social security number (only in United States)
- Final Step: consent to a background check
How to sign up
- Submit application
- Complete sign up
- Get the app and go
Drive for DoorDash
If you want to drive for DoorDash, you’ll also need to meet the following requirements for transporting food. Spoiler alert: these requirements are pretty easy to meet!
Before you check out the DoorDash car requirements, make sure you start your DoorDash application here.
Wondering what driving for DoorDash looks like in action? Check out our video on how to use the DoorDash app here: How to Use the Doordash Driver App: Guide & Tutorial For New Dashers in 2022
DoorDash Car Requirements
DoorDash has no vehicle requirements. You can use any car as long as you have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and insurance. Depending on where you are dashing, you can even ride a bicycle or an electric scooter.
How to Deliver with DoorDash
Here are 5 things you need to know before becoming a DoorDash driver: 5 Things To Know Before Becoming A DoorDash Delivery Driver!
Working for DoorDash delivery is simple and easy as long as you follow the instructions. Most delivery orders are straightforward: pick up the order from a restaurant or grocery store and then deliver it to a house, apartment, business, etc.
Sometimes the customer may have special instructions that you will need to follow for the delivery to be successful. For example, they might request that you leave the food behind a bush so it’s not visible to the public, or they might ask you to physically hand it to them to ensure accurate delivery.
Here is an example of a simple drop-off at a business.
Here is another one that is being delivered to a residential home. The good thing is that most delivery orders are simple drop-offs that only require you to leave them at the door.
Here is one example of an order with detailed and specific instructions for their drop-off to an apartment complex. This customer is helpful to the driver because they also give detailed instructions on how to get to their apartment. Some customers don’t give any instructions, and you might need to call or text them so they can guide you to their drop-off location.
Here is another common delivery instruction requesting to not ring the doorbell. A lot of customers prefer a quiet drop-off due to various reasons such as not wanting to trigger barking dogs, disturb roommates, and/or wake up a sleeping baby.
Certain orders can be quick and painless, like delivering to a house where they tell you to just leave the order at the door. Other orders might require a little more effort to complete, such as locating an apartment in a large complex.
You can always text or call the customer if you have any questions or concerns. If the instructions require you to physically hand the order to the customer, and they are nowhere to be found even after calling or texting, you can leave the order in a safe location after a 5-minute waiting period as DoorDash requires.
What is DoorDash Income Like?
On average, I make about $23 per hour driving for DoorDash in Fremont, California. This number may vary depending on the location you are dashing in. I noticed that other cities/states I have worked in have different volumes in orders and pay.
Read our Doordash Pay article for a full breakdown of earnings potential.
DoorDash earnings fluctuate on a daily basis. For example, this screenshot illustrates a shift with a $19 per hour earning rate, which is below my average of $23 an hour.
This screenshot shows a shift with an hourly rate of $29.
Here is an example of a week’s worth of earnings with an average hourly rate of $24 an hour.
At the top of these screenshots, there are two different times: active and dash time. Active time is when you are active, meaning that you have an order that is in progress. This consists of driving to the pickup location and the drop off location. As long as you have an order in progress, you are considered “active.”
Dash time is the total time you are online on the DoorDash app. This includes active time and idle time. When you’re idle, you are waiting for orders. You’re not considered active because you have no orders in progress, but you are still online and “clocked in”.
Throughout the years, I’ve learned that every city is different, and you can either earn less, more, or around the same as the area you usually dash in. How much you earn also depends on your work ethic. If you’re not driving to the restaurant or customer location in a timely fashion, or if you’re walking slowly while talking to your friend on the phone, you will earn less than someone who is fully focused and doing everything the right way.
Read our Doordash Pay article for a full breakdown of earnings potential.
DoorDash Employment Offers Flexibility
One great thing about DoorDash is the scheduling and flexibility. You can work whenever and wherever you want. If you want to work a specific number of hours in a day, you can schedule it beforehand. There are timeframes that you can select from and schedule for each day, up to six days in advance.
You can also “Dash Now” and begin working immediately, but only if the area you want to dash in is red, indicating that it is busy. You won’t be able to clock in if the area you want to work in is gray, indicating that it is not busy.
You can clock out from DoorDash whenever you want, even if your shift hasn’t ended yet. You can also take a break whenever you want by pausing your dash. Each pause gives you a 35-minute time period to take care of whatever you need, lunch break, bathroom break, etc.
Example of a busy red area that allows you to clock in (Dash Now) immediately.
Example of a gray area that is not busy, which doesn’t allow you to clock in. You can schedule a future time to clock in instead.
Here is an example of a list of times available for you to schedule in advance. You can also edit the times if you don’t want to work that long by clicking the pencil icon to the right. The days on the top with a dot underneath them indicate that you are scheduled for that day.
Notice that I have six dots under six consecutive days because you can schedule shifts six days in advance.
Personal Expenses for the Average DoorDash Worker
Wondering about DoorDash driver pay? As mentioned above, DoorDash pay fluctuates based on where and when you drive.
DoorDash expenses also fluctuate, but there are some standard expenses all drivers face. Since you will have to use your own vehicle to work, you are responsible for gas and vehicle maintenance – unless, of course, you are delivering on foot or via bike!
However, some of these personal expenses are eligible for tax write-offs, such as mileage, repairs, parking tickets, and tolls.
As you can see, for this specific week of Feb. 14-20, I spent about $150 on gas for my 2015 Nissan Altima, which averages about 22 miles per gallon in the city. I worked about 56 hours with 114 deliveries.
How to Contact DoorDash Support
As a DoorDash driver, there are several reasons why you may need to contact DoorDash help. These reasons may include:
- Canceling an order because a restaurant doesn’t have it
- A DoorDash customer cannot be reached
- The restaurant is closed
- Problems with drop off
- Issues with the app
Those are just a few common reasons to call Dasher support, but the reasons are limitless. For every order you receive, there is a help option towards the bottom of the order screen. From there, you can either select chat or call Dasher support. Wait times vary, but from experience, chat is typically faster since most Dashers prefer to call, probably since phone conversations can be faster than chat conversations.
If you want to email them and/or if you are on your computer you can simply go to their website “www.doordash.com,” and scroll to the bottom left corner of the page where it says “Help.” The same options on your mobile app will also appear on the website.
If you have any other questions, you can always contact Dasher Support; they will be more than happy to assist you. I have never had a negative experience with Dasher support and have communicated with people from different backgrounds. I have also been driving for DoorDash for seven years on top of that!
Apply for DoorDash
To deliver with DoorDash, start by applying for DoorDash today. You’ll need to provide your basic information including your zip code, email address, name and phone number.
Is being a driver for DoorDash worth it?
Take a look at the video below to learn more about how much you can make with DoorDash: Doordash Driver Pay: How To Pick The Right Deliveries
Does DoorDash pay daily?
As a DoorDash driver, you can get paid weekly (this is standard via direct deposit into your bank account), daily (via Fast Pay and for a small fee) or instantly (via DasherDirect).
Does DoorDash pay gas?
Historically, DoorDash has not paid for drivers’ gas costs. However, that changed recently with gas price hikes. Learn more about DoorDash and gas pay at our DoorDash driver pay article.
What are you waiting for? Join DoorDash and let us know how it goes!
-Xylon @ RSG
Xylon has been driving for DoorDash for about 6 years. He has about 3000 deliveries completed. Xylon has a bachelor’s degree in communications studies and has worked as a Teppanyaki Chef for ten years. In his free time, he loves to exercise and play video games. He is also a volunteer crisis counselor for the National Suicide Hotline for 4 years and running. Xylon is married to a wonderful wife, and they love to spend their time traveling and experiencing new things.