UPS: Does UPS Hire Felons Or Background Check?

Felons who are looking for a job and have experience with driving, loading trucks, or delivery might consider applying for work with UPS. 

The important question is whether UPS runs a background check. We will look at this issue.

In this blog post, we’ll cover the following:

  • Does UPS Actually Hire Felons?
  • Understanding the Application Process
  • What to Know About the UPS Background Check
  • Does the Type of Felony Matter?
  • Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
  • What to Do if You Fail the UPS Background Check

Does UPS Actually Hire Felons?

UPS has a history of hiring felons along with those who have been convicted of a misdemeanor.

They hire many individuals on a regular basis. The package handling and delivery industry is typically busy, and companies like UPS are almost always in need of qualified workers for a variety of positions.

Holidays are generally a high-demand time of the year.

United Parcel Service (UPS) is an international shipping company that began as American Messenger Company in 1907 in Seattle, delivering packages to retail companies. In 1919, they changed their name to United Parcel Service. 

Today, UPS is the largest package shipping company in the world with facilities in over 300 countries and more than 495,000 employees.

Understanding the Application Process

As is customary with so many large companies today, applying for a job at UPS will always begin by going to the UPS website and creating a profile. Eligible applicants are contacted by the Human Resource Department for an interview. 

The UPS interview process typically includes 10 to 15 applicants at a time for a group interview for part-time or seasonal positions. The company often hires as many as 90,000 employees for the holiday season.

There are standard questions in the interview relating to the physical demands of the position, like being able to lift 70 pounds and whether you have a sports background to get an idea of your physical capacity.

If you are applying for a driver position, you will be asked about your experience as a delivery driver and your ability to follow directions and read maps. You will also be expected to have computer skills and experience in customer service.  

Most employees for UPS begin as package handlers or drivers. Package handlers typically work part-time, three- to five-hour shifts on various days and at different times. This is because of the heavy physical demands of this type of work.

What to Know About the UPS Background Check

UPS does a criminal history check along with a drug screen of all applicants who are being considered for a job. 

UPS conducts an extensive driving history background check for all potential drivers in the company. The company looks at personal and work-related driving history for those with a CDL. This background check searches for:

  • Parking or speeding tickets
  • History of DUI
  • Any driving-related convictions

Applicants are screened through an electronic database looking for criminal convictions at the state and federal level. 

UPS examines your history for any instances of theft, drug-related offenses, and violent crimes. The company wants to eliminate applicants who may present a risk for theft or violence on the job.

UPS does consider a number of factors in making a decision regarding anyone with a felony conviction: 

  • Length of time since completion of the sentence
  • Type of felony conviction 
  • Specific felony charges
  • Multiple felonies

Remember, UPS does a slightly different background check according to the location. This is because various states have different laws about how long ago a background check can be extended. 

In looking at a background check, UPS also considers how long it has been since you completed your sentence and what you have done to rehabilitate and live an honest lifestyle.

Does the Type of Felony Matter?

UPS is looking for honest, hardworking individuals who can follow directions and who value customer service. The background check will look especially for crimes involving theft or violations of integrity (moral turpitude). 

The nature and severity of the crime will also be important. For example, UPS won’t hire someone with a DUI to work as a delivery driver. 

If you have a history of theft convictions, you will be unlikely to get a job handling packages in a warehouse. This is because you would be dealing with packages that contain other people’s property.

Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?

When you are considering applying at UPS, it would be quite helpful to know exactly what they will discover when running their check. 

To help you be prepared, you can run a background check on yourself. In fact, we recommend doing exactly that to know what UPS will see. It helps to be prepared.

There are different kinds of background checks that you can run on yourself, including from the court in which you were charged along with your driving records and even a credit check.

 If you have any questions, you can contact an attorney. Don’t run a risk on the results. Actually, you would have the best chance at getting a job at UPS by having your record expunged.

What to Do if You Fail the UPS Background Check

Not everyone who applies at UPS will pass the background check. If that happens, it is not the end of the world. Depending on the results, you can dispute the findings if you believe that there was a mistake in your background check.

Learn from the experience and use that to your benefit next time.

There are other jobs available with other employers. If this happens to you, look at what other types of jobs and employers there are and find a specific job that will fit you. 

Remember not to give up. There is an employer who will hire you. You just haven’t found the right one yet. It takes perseverance to find that employer, but they are out there.

Keep on looking until you find the one that will give you a chance.

So what do you think about this blog post about whether UPS runs background checks? Have you or someone you know had UPS run a background check? What was that like and what happened with it? Please tell us in the comments below.