Does Postmates Run Background Checks?

When looking for work, there are many possibilities, but it remains perhaps the greatest challenge that felons face after being released from incarceration. Those who have experience in delivery work might consider getting a job with Postmates.

Let’s take a look and see if this is a possibility. One of the first questions is whether Postmates runs background checks. We will see.

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

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

Does Postmates Actually Hire Felons?

Postmates is an on-demand delivery service that provides many things that a customer may need.  These include groceries, take-out food from restaurants, alcohol, and other essential supplies.

Postmates started in response to other delivery services that were already operating in many locations across the United States. It has been in existence since 2011, originating in San Francisco, and operates currently in a number of cities across the country.

Someone with delivery or other driving experience can often get a job as a Postmates driver. 

Postmates has a history of hiring qualified persons with a criminal record, including some with a felony conviction.

Understanding the Application Process

In order to become a delivery driver for Postmates, you must have a drivable vehicle that allows you to pick up and deliver orders. As a candidate to be a Postmates driver, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen or be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Have a Social Security Number
  • Own a smartphone
  • Have a valid driver’s license and valid insurance on your vehicle
  • Pass a background and driving record check

As an applicant, you will have to sign onto the Postmates website and fill out a Fleet Agreement outlining the rules for drivers.

What to Know About the Postmates Background Check

While a background check is not required by law, most companies, a background check is done at Postmates to verify all information that you report on an application.

The company will request permission to run a background check. You must agree to the background check to proceed with the application process. If you don’t, you will not be considered for a job with Postmates.

You must give your permission in writing for Postmates to run a background check. This is according to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). 

As a Postmates driver, you are an independent contractor. Safety is very important to Postmates, and they screen all candidates with a thorough background check. The company looks for disqualifying offenses in the last seven years or for any other safety-related reason.

Postmates drivers interact with customers daily. The results of the background check will allow Postmates to know that their drivers meet certain criteria and can be trustworthy, reliable, and safe.

A Postmates background check includes a criminal background check and a DMV driving record check, if you are planning to be a driver for them. 

To start the background check process, you’ll need to provide specific identification information. This will include your date of birth, Social Security Number, and driver’s license number if you’re driving.  

The criminal background check will look at national and county databases and records for serious crimes. Such convictions will immediately disqualify you from being employed by Postmates.  

As a Postmates employee, you will be making deliveries and operating a motor vehicle in carrying out your duty. This brings liability for Postmates when you are driving on their behalf. It will make sure that they have done their due diligence and are making motorists and pedestrians on the road safe.

When you are a Postmates employee, you will also have a prepaid Postmates card to purchase order items.  They must be able to trust that you will use that in a responsible and legal manner.

Does the Type of Felony Matter?

Yes, the type of felony does make a difference. A few examples of charges that will get you dismissed as a potential candidate include:

  • Violent crimes 
  • Drug-related convictions 
  • Sexual offenses
  • Serious felonies

The DMV driving record check is used to make sure Postmates is responsible for providing safe drivers. A few serious driving offenses that will count against you in your driving history include:

  • DUI
  • Reckless driving
  • Hit and run
  • Accidents
  • Suspensions or revoked driving privileges
  • Drug-related driving offenses

It will usually take one to two days to complete a background check with Postmates. 

Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?

Doing a background check on yourself before applying at Postmates will allow you to know exactly what will be discovered when Postmates does their review. 

If you have any questions, you can contact an attorney. Be proactive and don’t take a risk on the results. You would have the best chance at getting a job at Postmates by having your record expunged.

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

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

What to Do if You Fail the Postmates Background Check

After the background check is completed, you may discover that you didn’t pass it. Depending on the results, you can dispute the findings if you believe that there was a mistake made in the background check.

Not everyone who applies at Postmates will pass the background check. If that happens, it is not the end of the world. There are other jobs available with other employers. 

Try to learn from the experience and use that to your advantage next time.

If you find yourself in that situation, take a look to discover what other employers there are and find a type of job that will be a fit for 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 an opportunity.

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


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  • I’m a felon and actually was approved to work for postmates which was a huge surprise to me lol.. I actually had multiple warrants at the time I submitted my info for the background check.. So with that being said, I think they only check your driving record and if you’re a US citizen. For anyone wanting to work for postmates I would give it a try. All they can say is no right? Good luck everyone out there trying their best to get a job in this fkd up world!!!

  • I just applied. It’s weird that they ship the card before the background check is complete but I hope I get it. I need it. I have a felony that’s 10 years old and it has stopped me from getting every traditional job I’ve applied for. I’ve been a private duty home health aide for 10 years, and I have been successful doing this, but I need something to hold me over when my patients pass away, until I get the next one.

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