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Does DoorDash Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update January 1, 2020
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The right job can be hard to find if you’re stuck in-between jobs with a criminal record. Have you ever asked yourself: Does DoorDash hire felons?

They’re a logistics company known for bringing food to your door. If you don’t mind driving to deliver products, we can help you get a job at DoorDash with a felony. We’ll do this by answering the following questions, and more:

  • Does DoorDash hire people with misdemeanors?
  • Are they on the Ban the Box list?
  • Does DoorDash do background checks?
  • Will my felony disqualify me?

We know it can be tough finding work after a felony because we’ve been in your shoes. You see, our team is mostly comprised of ex-offenders. That’s why we directly contact companies and ask them if they hire former felons. Relaunch Pad is dedicated to helping you lead your best life.

Now, let’s see how to get hired at DoorDash with a conviction.

Does DoorDash hire felons?

does DoorDash hire felons as drivers

Official company policy for hiring felons

We’ve reached out to DoorDash, as promised. Unfortunately, we haven’t received a response at this time. However, this is what we found on their application:

“We’re committed to growing and empowering a more inclusive community within our company, industry, and cities. That’s why we hire and cultivate diverse teams of the best and brightest from all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We believe that true innovation happens when everyone has room at the table and the tools, resources, and opportunity to excel.”

Based on this statement, DoorDash will accept applications from all different backgrounds and experiences.

Has DoorDash hired felons in the past?

Even though we haven’t heard back from the company, online reports show that DoorDash will hire felons, although you may have to wait 7-10 years from the date of conviction for certain felonies.

Does DoorDash hire people with misdemeanors?

Since we know that they’ll hire former felons, it’s a safe bet to say that they’ll hire those with misdemeanors as well.

Is DoorDash on the Ban the Box list?

There are programs designed to help felons get their lives back on track without fear of judgement. The Ban the Box list and Fair Chance Business Pledge are two of these.

Ban the Box is a list of companies that have committed to removing the checkbox from their applications asking if you’ve been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge is taken by employers to focus on applicants’ talents, skills, work ethic and employment history instead of their criminal past.

DoorDash doesn’t participate in either of these programs, but don’t be discouraged. We know they’ll hire former felons and the application we saw didn’t include any questions asking about your criminal history.

Does DoorDash have special programs for hiring felons?

DoorDash doesn’t offer any special programs for hiring felons at this time. If a program like this interests you, visit your local workforce development office for more information.

What are the odds that someone with a felony will get hired?

Average likelihood of being hired with a felony

Your odds of getting hired at DoorDash with a felony are average. Even though they’re not on the Ban the Box list, we know they’ll hire felons depending on the type of crime it was and how long it’s been since your conviction date.

What are some entry-level jobs?

The main entry-level job at DoorDash is a Dasher. This is the person who picks up and delivers the food to the customer, so a vehicle, driver’s license and insurance will be required. There are also some entry-level positions in an office setting, if that’s where you’d rather be. You could be an Entry-Level Customer Support Associate or a Dasher Experience Specialist. These customer service positions ensure all parties are satisfied with their orders and sales.

How to get hired at DoorDash with a felony

So, now that you’ve decided to get a job at DoorDash, you’re wondering how to do that with a conviction on your record. We can help you with some resume and application tips.

If you’re looking for a Dasher position, you need to sign up with your driver’s license and social security number, consent to a background check, and schedule an appropriate date and time for orientation.

If you’re interested in a behind-the-scenes position, you’ll want to go to their Careers page and find a position you’re qualified for. From there, fill out the application. On the application, be sure to include:

  • Your contact information
  • Highest level of education completed
  • The number of years you have with computer programs such as Google Docs or Microsoft Word.
  • The number of years you have in customer service

They also want you to include your resume and cover letter. In your resume, add your work history, focusing on customer service-related jobs, such as at a fast food joint like Burger King or Pizza Hut. Experience with rival companies like Uber or Grubhub are also good examples. If you need assistance with your resume, we have a guide developed specifically for former felons.

You’ve landed an interview! No need to freak out — we’ve got some tips to help with your DoorDash interview:

  • Dress appropriately. Something business-casual will work. Style your hair conservatively. Hide any tattoos and take out any piercings. You can always find out the company’s policy on these things at a later time.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early just in case there is any pre-interview paperwork to do.
  • Talk about any specific skills that you can bring to the table. They’ll want to hear about any sales experience you have, as well. This will give you the opportunity to really sell yourself in the interview.
  • Now is the time to be honest about your past. You consented to a background check on your application, so you already know they’ll find out about it. This will also give you a chance to talk about the circumstances of the charges and what you’ve been doing since your conviction to improve yourself.

Does DoorDash do background checks?

Yes, you must agree to a background check when applying to the company. However, our sources show they may only go back seven years.

Here’s what you need to know about background checks:

Like the company DoorDash, some states only go back seven years. The states on this list won’t look at anything older than that:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

There are eight states that won’t look at any not guilty cases:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

However, be aware if you live in one of the states on this list. They will see your entire record, even the not guilty verdicts:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

We found DoorDash’s ratings online. Glassdoor.com gives them 3.9 stars out of 5. The pros of being a Dasher are the flexible schedule and getting paid the same day. The cons are the inconsistencies of deliveries in certain areas.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Are you still asking, does DoorDash hire felons? It looks like they do. However, certain felonies will hurt your chances. Since you’ll be transporting products directly to the customers, any driving felonies, violent crimes, or drug- or alcohol-related charges will hold you back.

Does DoorDash drug test?

Our sources show they won’t drug test during the hiring process, but it’s best to be prepared just in case they do.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

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Leah Mailcoat
Reentry Educator

Leah is a Reentry Educator with The Relaunch Pad. A recovering addict and mother of three, her two oldest adult children are dealing with their own addictions and problems, one being recently released from prison and the other is currently incarcerated. Her goal is to give hope to not only her own children, but to others in similar situations.