If you are a user of Instagram, Spotify, Tik Tok or any other social media platform, you have probably seen ads for DoorDash.
Over the past few years, DoorDash has become popular as one of the fastest ways to earn extra money fast.
If you live in a big city like New York or Los Angeles, the availability of DoorDash jobs increases exponentially due to the higher number of people per capita.
However, with every trendy thing that comes along, there must be rules to regulate it to ensure that it is safe for users.
Perhaps the first thought for many people, especially younger people interested in this secondary hustle and bustle, is how old does it take to be a delivery driver for DoorDash?
How old do you have to be for DoorDash?
Dashers in the United States and Canada must be at least 18 years old.
This is due to DoorDash’s requirement that Dashers have their own insurance.
Coverage under someone else’s policy is not eligible.
The ability to obtain insurance, particularly auto insurance, is based on each state’s legal age requirements.
Also, even if you are 18, you must submit a social security number to be considered for the position.
Dashers must also have a minimum of two years of driving experience, even if they are already 18.
A good driving record is also required to qualify.
If you are in a city that allows bike delivery for Dashers, this requirement does not apply.
What is the salary of delivery drivers/dashers?
DoorDash implemented a new payment model in September 2019 to better support their Dashers.
Dashers’ pay increased by an average of 12.5%, and in October 2019, earnings with tips increased from an average of $17.24 to $18.54 for each hour of activity.
The DoorDash support site says base pay ranges from $2 to $10+ per delivery (before tips).
Deliveries that are expected to take longer, are distant, or are less popular with Dashers will offer a higher base pay.
They confirm that every dollar a customer pays in tips goes into the Dasher’s pocket.
Although it is important to note that tip embezzlement has been an accusation leveled against the company by Dashers in the past.
What other requirements are there for pilots?
Dashers must also have an iPhone or Android smartphone.
The DoorDash app, which Dashers use to keep, find and accept their jobs, is also only available on smartphones.
Additionally, DoorDash reports that some smartphones that have been jailbroken often have issues that render the DoorDash app unusable and therefore not recommended.
Jailbreaking a device is the process of removing restrictions on a smartphone.
This allows the user to install apps and other extensions that are generally not supported by this smartphone company (Apple, Google, etc.).
There are no set requirements on the make or model of vehicle used for delivery, as long as the Dasher has a valid national driver’s license, insurance and a clean driving record.
Is car insurance compulsory? What happens in the event of an accident?
The Dasher must have their own primary auto insurance.
This is stated in DoorDash’s Independent Contractor Agreement.
However, DoorDash itself has a commercial auto insurance policy.
This policy covers up to $1 million in bodily injury or property damage that may occur to a third party due to an accident during an active delivery.
An active delivery is defined by DoorDash as when the Dasher accepts a delivery request until the same delivery is marked as delivered, unassigned, or the order is canceled by the customer.
If the Dasher is online but has not accepted a delivery request at the time of an accident, their personal auto insurance will be used instead.
In cases where a Dasher is injured in an accident during active childbirth, they may also be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage which includes medical expenses, disability benefits, and survivor benefits.
Who can deliver?
DoorDash says Dashers don’t have to deliver alone.
They may be accompanied by other people during delivery.
Dashers are independent contractors, which means they have the freedom to choose the method of their deliveries.
For example, a Dasher can hire an employee or contractor to deliver for them.
There are also no restrictions on the presence of passengers in the car during delivery.
Finally, they can even ask someone else to drive them to make the delivery, provided that driver is also a valid Dasher.
What delivery methods are allowed?
DoorDash support says Dashers can deliver with a car, motorcycle, scooter, bicycle, e-bike, pizza bike, or on foot.
During the initial setup of a Dasher’s account, they select the dash method they plan to use (car, walk, etc.).
Some cities will not allow multiple race methods.
Dashers who wish to add/remove a delivery method should contact DoorDash Support by phone to change the dash method listed on their profile.
If using other vehicles in addition to a car (e.g. scooter, bicycle or motorbike), the Dasher must also provide their own insurance to cover this method.
What are the most common cities for DoorDash?
Some of the most popular cities for DoorDash include Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Phoenix, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and many more.
DoorDash’s headquarters are located in San Francisco, CA, which remains one of their best-selling cities.
It’s no surprise that most sales occur in highly populated areas like San Francisco and Houston, as these areas have a much higher people per capita average.