If you want to be a delivery driver, there are more options than ever. You could work with one company or try one of the delivery apps that connects customers with delivery drivers. With tips, the pay can be high, and the qualifications are minimal. One potential hurdle, though, is an accident record. Here’s what you need to know about how an accident on your record could affect becoming a delivery driver.

Types of Incidents

Not all issues on your driving record are created equal. There are significant issues, such as driving under the influence (DUI) and reckless driving, which typically preclude you from delivery driver positions. There are minor moving violations, such as failure to signal.

An accident where you’re at fault typically falls somewhere in the middle depending on the company running the records check. The circumstances surrounding the accident also play a part. For example, if you caused a crash that also resulted in a severe injury, that’s more of an issue than a small fender bender with no injuries.

Your Recent Record Is Most Important

Companies usually look at your recent driving record when checking for accidents. Three years is a typical timeframe, and if you haven’t had any accidents within the timeframe the company uses, you should be good to go. Of course, significant incidents, such as DUIs, will stay on your record and could keep you from getting a delivery driver job for much longer.

Every Company Is Different

Every company that hires delivery drivers has its hiring policy. Some are stricter than others when it comes to an accident record. Some companies will let a recent accident slide, and there are also those that will immediately disqualify you from any accidents within the past several years.

Keeping a Clean Driving Record

The best way to avoid any issues when you want to get a delivery driver job is by driving defensively, but even if you have some negative marks on your record, you may be able to clean it up. Sometimes traffic school is an option if the issue is recent enough. It’s smart to talk to an attorney to see what your options are.

There’s no guarantee of whether an accident on your record will disqualify you from a delivery driver job. Your best bet is to pull your history yourself, see what’s on it, and then check the requirements for any position you’re interested.