California’s DUI laws can be complex and confusing. In this section, our attorneys break down the rules and explain the process.
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Uber generally disqualifies you from becoming a driver if you have a DUI conviction that is dated within the past several years from your application. A DUI conviction includes convictions for both drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs (DUID).
Note that certain other criminal convictions will prevent a person from being an Uber driver. Examples include convictions for:
Generally, yes. Both Uber and Lyft will disqualify people from becoming rideshare drivers if they have a DUI conviction that is dated within the past several years from the date of their rideshare application.1
Note that you must successfully pass a “motor vehicle record review” to be eligible to become an Uber driver.2 During this review, Uber takes a look at your driving record, which typically includes a review of any of your records filed with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Drivers typically will not pass this review if they have a recent DUI conviction or drug-related conviction on their record.
DUI convictions include convictions in most DUI cases, including cases of
Further, you will also fail to pass the record review with convictions for:
Speeding violations also preclude people from being Uber drivers if the violations involved speeding more than 20 miles per hour over the posted limit.
Some people get their DUI cases/DUI charges dismissed following a DUI arrest. If your case was dismissed, it may still show up on a record review and lead to the potential disqualification from being an Uber driver.
The same may also hold true if there was an expungement of your DUI conviction.
If your DUI case was dismissed, or you were found not guilty of DUI, it is a good idea to consult with a DUI attorney prior to completing an application with a ridesharing service.
A DUI defense lawyer or criminal defense attorney can advise you of your state’s DUI laws and how a DUI may or may not interfere with Uber’s driver requirements.
Note that most DUI lawyers and law firms provide potential clients with free consultations. A free consultation means you can get legal advice at no charge.
Yes. All Uber applicants must consent to a criminal background check.3 The background check looks at a variety of different resources. Some examples include:
Drivers will usually fail a background check if it reveals any convictions, within the past seven years, for:
Yes. The ridesharing company does conduct annual background checks on its drivers.
An annual check means Uber would receive notice of a DUI arrest/DUI conviction if one took place:
This same notice will occur if you were arrested for any offense that may have resulted in you not passing a criminal background check.
Yes. The basic other requirements for being an Uber driver include:
You must also have the following documentation:
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