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I Got a DUI. Can I Still Drive for Uber in California?

Posted by John Campanella | Jul 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

If you've received a DUI and are wondering if you can still drive for Uber in California, the answer is generally no. Uber has strict policies regarding driving records to ensure the safety of its passengers. However, there are some specifics to consider. Let's break it down.

Uber's Policy on DUIs

Uber conducts background checks on all its driver applicants. These checks look into your driving history and criminal record. If you have a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) on your record within the past seven years, you are ineligible to drive for Uber.

Why Does Uber Have This Policy?

Safety is Uber's top priority. A DUI indicates impaired driving, which poses a significant risk to passengers. By not allowing individuals with recent DUIs to drive, Uber aims to maintain a safe and trustworthy service.

What If My DUI Is Older Than Seven Years?

If your DUI occurred more than seven years ago, you may be eligible to drive for Uber. Once this time period has passed, it will no longer appear on the background check that Uber uses to screen applicants.

What About Expunged DUIs?

In some cases, a DUI can be expunged, meaning it is removed from your public criminal record. If you successfully expunge your DUI, it might not show up on the background check, potentially allowing you to qualify as a driver. However, this can vary depending on the specifics of the expungement process and Uber's background check methods.

Can I Appeal Uber's Decision?

If Uber rejects your application due to a DUI, you can try to appeal the decision. You would need to provide additional information or documentation that might change Uber's decision, though there's no guarantee of success.

How an Attorney Can Help You Keep Driving for Uber

If you're dealing with a DUI and concerned about your eligibility to drive for Uber, consulting with an attorney can be very beneficial. Here's how an attorney can help:

  1. Expungement of DUI: An attorney can assist you in the process of expunging your DUI from your record, which might help you qualify to drive for Uber if the DUI is no longer visible on your background check.

  2. Understanding Legal Options: An experienced attorney can explain your legal options and guide you through the steps to minimize the impact of the DUI on your driving privileges.

  3. Filing an Appeal: If your application to drive for Uber is denied due to a DUI, an attorney can help you prepare and file an appeal, potentially providing evidence or arguments that might sway Uber's decision.

  4. Navigating the Legal System: The legal system can be complex and intimidating. An attorney can help you navigate it effectively, ensuring you take all necessary steps to protect your rights and interests.

  5. Providing Peace of Mind: Dealing with a DUI and its consequences can be stressful. Having an attorney on your side can provide peace of mind, knowing you have professional support.


  1. What is Uber's look-back period for DUIs?

    • Uber looks back seven years for DUI offenses. If your DUI is older than seven years, it might not disqualify you.
  2. Can I drive for Uber if my DUI was expunged?

    • It depends. An expunged DUI might not show up on the background check, but this isn't guaranteed. It's best to consult with a legal expert about your specific situation.
  3. Does Uber check for DUIs periodically?

    • Yes, Uber conducts annual background checks on its drivers, so maintaining a clean record is crucial even after you start driving.
  4. What other driving violations can disqualify me from driving for Uber?

    • Apart from DUIs, other major violations like reckless driving, hit-and-runs, and driving with a suspended license can also disqualify you.
  5. Can I apply to drive for other rideshare services with a DUI?

    • Other rideshare services, like Lyft, have similar policies regarding DUIs. It's important to check their specific requirements, but most have strict rules similar to Uber's.

Final Thoughts

Getting a DUI doesn't permanently disqualify you from driving for Uber, but it does put significant restrictions on your ability to do so. If you have a recent DUI, it's best to focus on maintaining a clean driving record and consider other employment options in the meantime. For those with older or expunged DUIs, there may be a chance to appeal or reapply after the appropriate time period. Consulting with an attorney can also provide valuable assistance and improve your chances of keeping or regaining your eligibility to drive for Uber.

Stay safe and drive responsibly!

About the Author

John Campanella

I have been representing people accused of drunk driving since I began practicing in 1995. I am active member of the National College of DUI Defense, a member of California DUI Lawyers Association, I am certified by the National Highway and Traffic Association for the administration of Field Sobriety Tests. I regularly attend DUI continuing education of the Bar, have tried over 35 Jury Trials, hundreds of pretrial motions and over 1000 DMV hearings all relating to DUI cases.


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