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Driving For Uber With a Criminal Record

October 15, 2015

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  • Did you know that Uber, the on-demand technology that allows everyone to be a self-employed cab driver, completed over 2 million background checks in 2014? That’s right, this organization is working hard to keep tabs on the surge (no pun intended) of applications it has been receiving from prospective drivers looking to cash in on driving fellow citizens around town. Interestingly, the process for running background checks has remained relatively archaic, even for the most progressive technology companies in Silicon Valley.

    Uber has found a solution to this however, through a new innovative service known as Checkr. Checkr is essentially a background check service that includes some slick automation technology to allow clients to check their prospective employees’ backgrounds in a less expensive and more efficient manner. In addition to social security number validation, address history, sex offender alerts, and checks against other databases such as terrorist watch lists – Checkr also has a driving history option for a nominal additional fee. Currently, Checkr seems to have the most traction with on demand delivery style companies, such as instacart, door dash, and shyp – and it seems to have carved out a nice niche in the market by targeting the service economy, which is growing at an astronomical rate.

    Aside from using Checkr to execute on its background checks, Uber has set forth a criteria for what type of individuals it will hire vs who it will not. As far as we know, the current background check looks back 7 years at the following data on your record – County courthouse records for every county of residence for the last 7 years, Federal courthouse records going back 7 years, the multi-state criminal database going back 7 years, Motor Vehicle Records, Social Security Trace, National Sex Offender Registry. As you may have heard, Uber was recently in the hot seat after it was revealed that they did allow 25 or more individuals with violent criminal records get behind the wheel and drive with the service. This may mean tightened policy on any future background checks to avoid possible negative press.

    So what can you do to determine if you will be able to pass the Uber Background screening? Well if you have never committed any crimes and have a clean driving record, you probably have a good shot at passing their screening. If you do have prior offenses on your criminal record, you may want to look into getting those offenses expunged or sealed so that they will not show up on your background search. In addition, you may want to look into contacting an online privacy protection company that can help to prevent your information from being accessed by companies, family, and friends who may decide to look you up at any given time.

    WipeRecord.com offers criminal record expungement and sealing services at a low cost guarantee to anyone who qualifies to have their past mistakes wiped clean. Please call us today if you have any questions at: 844-947-3732 or you can get started today with our free, secure and confidential eligibility test by clicking here: WipeRecord Eligibility Test.

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