Updated: Feb 12
The background check includes a Motor Vehicle Record review as well as a criminal background check.
The evaluation of background checks can vary from city to city and is based on criteria specified in local laws and regulations governing ridesharing drivers, as well as Uber's internal safety standards. In general, drivers must have a minimum of one year of licensed driving experience in the US (3 years if under 23 years old).
Major driving violations or a recent history of minor driving violations may result in disqualification. Convictions for felonies, violent crimes, sexual offenses, and registered sex offender status, among other types of criminal records, are also disqualifying. Pending charges for those categories of crimes are also disqualifying, unless and until such charges are resolved in a driver partner or potential driver partner's favor.
Applicable laws specifying the criteria Uber must follow when reviewing background check results vary considerably by state, so individuals might be rejected for criminal offenses and driving history not indicated here.
Subject to state and local law, background checks may include criminal records from throughout a person's adult life. Subject to and in accordance with state and local law, some types of criminal convictions such as murder, sexual assault, terrorism-related offenses, and other serious criminal convictions will result in disqualification if they occurred at any time in a person's lifetime.
The background check is private, secure, and completely free for potential driver partners. Background checks are performed by Checkr, Inc., a third party background check provider that is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners.
Periodically, Uber will re-run background checks for current driver partners.