How to apply to DoorDash

Last updated: May 20, 2024
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Food delivery services are quickly becoming mainstream amongst households. Despite the saturated market of options, DoorDash remains the number one brand, boasting the largest share of the market and tallying the highest monthly sales.

And with attractive pay and incentives, many gig workers are able to turn a side hustle into a lucrative full-time job with a rewarding salary and benefits. Here’s how to join the DoorDash team quickly and successfully.

Requirements for applying to be a DoorDasher

DoorDash requires no prior experience, but does have a simple list of requirements for every applicant that includes:

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must own a car, scooter, motorcycle, or bicycle
  • A valid driver's license (if using a motor vehicle)
  • Social security number
  • Consent to a full background check
  • Access to a smartphone that can support the DoorDash app
  • Completion of an online or in-person orientation

1. Sign up for an account

To sign up as a Dasher, create an account with a username and password. You’ll be asked to enter personal information including:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Mailing address -The cities or areas you want to deliver in
  • Vehicle type and driver’s license number. (If applicable.)

Make sure to thoroughly read both the “Independent Contractor Agreement” and the “Dasher Privacy Policy” to understand the terms of employment before tapping the red “Next” button.

2. Attend orientation

Following the approval of your comprehensive background check, you will need to attend a mandatory online orientation. After completion, you will receive an Activation Kit in the mail that includes a DoorDash Red PrePaid card and the Getting Started Manual. During this orientation, you will also submit a W-9 tax form and have the opportunity to purchase a red DoorDash insulated bag.

3. Download the Dasher App

  • For iPhones, search “DoorDash Driver” App on the App Store and install on your device.
  • For Androids, search “Dasher App” through the Google Play Store and install on your device.

4. Activate your DoorDash Red prepaid card

The DoorDash Driver Card is a tool for Dashers to be able to accept and pay for pick up and pay orders. You will receive the card by mail with the Activation Kit following your online DoorDash orientation.

Frequently Asked Questions During the Application Process

Do I need to complete any training sessions to become a DoorDash Dasher?

The only required training session is to attend the online orientation. Many current and former Dashers state that the Dasher App is easy to use with a clean and straightforward layout. Check out the DoorDash Support Page if you have any further questions.

How do I check the status of my sign-up?

When on the main sign-up page, simply click the “Already Started Signing Up?” button. Login with the same email address and phone number that you used to sign up. If you’re missing any requirements, you’ll be prompted to complete your application. Otherwise, your status will appear.

DoorDash states that the average hiring and onboarding process takes just 1 - 2 weeks to become fully activated after you complete your sign-up.

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Iris Chun
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Lease Accountant at Snider Leasing Corp

I've been trying to sign up for months, but I keep getting a message saying that they have reached capacity or something along those lines. How quickly do people on the waiting list get signed on??