Can I Work for a Missouri Delivery App if I Have a DUI?

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“Can I work for a delivery app if I have a DUI?” The attorneys at the Ozarks DWI Law Clinic can answer this and more. Call today to speak to a professional.

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Working for a Delivery App in Missouri

Many people apply and get approved to work for a delivery app every year. Drivers for delivery app companies have flexible jobs that virtually anyone can do. Although some people drive for a delivery app service full-time, most use it as a second income. It can be a lifesaver if your goal is to earn extra cash to cover the high cost of rent and other recurring expenses.

Unfortunately, not everyone gets approved to be a driver. A criminal history of DUI showing up on a driving record check is a significant factor to consider, as it could hinder your chances in the hiring process. 

Attorneys at the Ozarks DWI Law Clinic may be able to offer suggestions and solutions if you wish to drive for a delivery app in Missouri with a criminal history.

Can I Work for a Delivery App If I Have a DUI?

The short answer is it depends. You may not be able to work in a delivery job if you have gotten a DUI on your driver’s license record in the last seven years. Most companies, including Postmates, Uber, and Door Dash, usually run background checks to determine if you have a criminal record before considering hiring drivers. 

Depending on the severity of your criminal history of DUI, some delivery companies may find it hard to hire you. 

What are the various levels of DUI in Missouri?

  1. A first-time DUI is a misdemeanor crime.
  2. A Second DUI is also a misdemeanor crime.
  3. A Third DUI or additional intoxicated while driving violations are considered felonies because such drivers are habitual offenders.

Aggravated DUI or DWI is a separate category. According to Missouri law 577.010, a driver can be considered an aggravated offender if they act criminally negligent and cause physical injury to another person. An Aggravated DWI is a felony offense punishable by a prison sentence of up to seven years.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, many delivery apps have had difficulty finding drivers. Having a DUI violation on your record will not necessarily keep you from getting hired if you’re upfront and honest about it. 

Will Uber EATS, DoorDash, GrubHub, or Postmates Hire You With a DUI on Your Record?

Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub, or Postmates could reject your application to work as a delivery driver if a criminal background check reveals DUI violations. Most delivery app companies look at misdemeanor charges on a case-by-case basis. However, if a felony charge turns up in the background check process, the answer will be a no from the hiring manager.

If you have convictions for multiple DUI offenses or an aggravated DWI charge, it will benefit you to read our guide to aggravated DWI charges to lean how the DWIs can affect you long-term.

Can You Have a DUI and Work for Instacart?

You can have a DUI on your record and still have the ability to work for Instacart. Unlike other strict delivery companies, Instacart does not outrightly disqualify applicants due to a criminal record.

Can You Have a DUI and Work for Door Dash in Missouri?

To qualify to drive for DoorDash, you should be at least 18 and have a clean driving record with no “major violations” for the past seven years in a background check. A DUI or DWI is considered a significant violation. 

Your chances of passing a DoorDash background check will depend on the type of offenses you have on your record. If you have any minor violations of DUI on your record, you may still be able to be hired for a delivery job.

Do Food Delivery Apps Have Background Checks?

Most food delivery apps perform background checks on all applicants to determine if they have a criminal or poor driving record. While food delivery app drivers do not transport passengers in their vehicles, they represent the company to delivery clients. 

Performing a background check is a common standard with delivery apps like UberEATS, Postmates, DoorDash, etc.


Do Food Delivery Apps Drug Test?


Most food delivery apps do not drug test during the application process. However, if you have a drug-related criminal offense on your record, and it comes to light in a background check, your chances of getting hired could be negatively affected. 

Once hired, the company might have the right to request that you submit to a drug test if they have reason to believe you have a drug problem.

What to Do When Arrested for a DUI?

If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer and fail sobriety tests, you will be arrested and transported to the local jail to be charged and brought before arraignment court to make a plea to the charges against you. You are entitled to a phone call, which should be to a Missouri attorney with experience in DUI crimes, to consult with and prepare you for your appearance in court.

Be careful to only talk to law enforcement officers or court representatives once you consult a lawyer. What is said could be used as evidence to negatively impact your DUI case.

How Long After a DUI Can You Work for a Delivery App Like DoorDash?

In Missouri, a DUI conviction stays on your driving record for ten years before you can apply to have it erased (expunged). Second-time and subsequent DUI convictions and Felony DUI or DWI convictions are not eligible for expungement.

If you are granted a DUI expungement in Missouri, it can no longer be viewed on your record. You would not have to acknowledge the conviction to a potential employer.

Can You Get a DUI Removed From Your Record?

If you meet the qualifications for expungement, you can file a petition with the court for a DWI expungement hearing regarding your DUI conviction. The judge will determine if there are sufficient grounds to grant your request for an expungement at the hearing.

A DWI attorney can review your DUI case, prepare the court petition, represent you at the DWI expungement hearing, and respond to any objections to granting your expungement request.

Why Use a DUI Lawyer?


If you’re arrested and charged with a DUI offense, you need a DUI lawyer to explain the charges and consequences and offer you legal advice. A DUI lawyer is knowledgeable in Missouri state DUI law. They will be able to explain your options, help you build a solid defense strategy, and present your case favorably in court to avoid a conviction. 

If you need assistance in expunging a prior DUI conviction, consult with an experienced DUI attorney from Ozarks DWI Law Clinic. Call us for a free consultation today!