Today there are more opportunities than ever to work as a rideshare driver. Whether it is for MyRIDI or another rideshare company, being a rideshare drive is a great way to set your own hours while meeting interesting people.

However, there are certain requirements you will need to meet before you can sign up to drive for these services. In this article, we will examine the MyRIDI driver requirements, covering everything from the minimum age to the device you will need to run the MyRIDI driver app. This way, you do not go through the MyRIDI application process only to find your application rejected because you didn’t meet one of the requirements. 

See below:

MyRIDI Age Requirements

To apply to drive, MyRIDI requires you to be at least 21 years old, though you only have to be 18 to use MyRIDI as a passenger. You will also need to have held an active U.S. driver’s license for at least one year. This ensures that you are not only old enough, but also have sufficient driving experience. After all, would you want a MyRIDI driver whose only had their license for a month?

Note: It is possible to run into issues with your application if your driver’s license was recently reissued or if you live in a state that does not

provide a driver’s license issue date.

If you’re not old enough to drive with MyRIDI but still want to make money using your car, check out this guide to driving jobs for people under 21 coming soon.

MyRIDI Driving Record Check

To meet the MyRIDI driver requirements, you will need to sign the automated consent form. 

A driving record check can sound intimidating, but do not worry — having a couple parking tickets or even a minor accident should not disqualify you. However, you will generally be disqualified from driving for the MyRIDI platform if a report from your state’s DMV reveals any of the following:

  • More than three moving violations in the past three years, like accidents or traffic light violations
  • A major moving violation in the past three years, such as driving on a suspended license or reckless driving
  • A DUI or other drug-related driving violation in the last seven years
  • Driving-related convictions in the last seven years, like hit-and-run or felonies involving a vehicle

Also, keep in mind that any changes in your driving record while you are a MyRIDI driver can also affect your eligibility to drive for the service. You are not free to get as many tickets as you want just because you passed the MyRIDI DMV check when you first applied. The point of the check is to ensure that you are a safe, responsible driver. If MyRIDI finds out that is no longer the case, they can deactivate you.

MyRIDI Background Check

In addition to having a clean driving record, one of the MyRIDI driver requirements is passing a criminal background check. As with the driving record check, MyRIDI uses a third-party service Checkr, to conduct this check. (MyRIDI Background Check and Driver Record Automated Consent Form), the link will be sent to you via email after we receive your initial approved documents as a Driver.  

Certain minor offenses will not necessarily disqualify you, though MyRIDI will most likely reject your application if your background check reveals any of the following offenses:

  • Violent crime
  • Sexual offense
  • Disqualifying felony
  • Disqualifying drug-related offense
  • Disqualifying theft or property damage offense

Note that background checks can take several weeks to process, so do not worry if you have not heard anything right away. To get a full background check requires coordinating the resources of county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Background checks are (understandably) not the highest priority for these agencies, so delays are common.

If your background check reveals something that could disqualify your application, MyRIDI will send you a copy of it via email (as well as information on how to dispute the results if you believe they are inaccurate).

As with the driving record check, MyRIDI can still deactivate you if they discover you have committed a crime after you passed your initial background check. Safety is always the priority for MyRIDI, and they will do whatever it takes to protect it. And whatever you do, do not commit a crime while driving with MyRIDI. That is a guaranteed way to get deactivated permanently.

MyRIDI Document Requirements

When filling out your MyRIDI application, you will need to provide several documents. The precise documents required vary from state to state (see the “State and Local Requirements” section below for more info). But MyRIDI requires all applicants to have the following documents:

  • Current in state valid driver’s license
  • Social Security number (in order to conduct the background check)
  • Valid license plates with current registration
  • Sign criminal background check automated consent form  
  • Sign Zero Tolerance Policy
  • Current valid insurance policy in your name
  • Current copy of your driving record see MyRIDI home page

The last requirement is one to pay special attention to. If you are still in college and on your parents’ insurance policy, for example, then you won’t meet the insurance requirement, as the policy must be in your name.

MyRIDI Insurance Requirements

It’s worth going into a bit more detail about the insurance requirements for MyRIDI, as it’s a topic that many potential drivers don’t understand. To begin, the only insurance that MyRIDI requires you to have is the coverage that state law mandates when you operate your vehicle in a commercial fashion. For all states, this means a certain level of liability coverage.

Driver’s that uses or will uses MyRIDI’s platform must maintain their primary automobile insurance policy at a minimum when not engaged in a prearranged ride before passengers/riders enters the motor vehicle or the MyRIDI app platform is not on.

You must also have your policy indorsed by your primary automobile insurance company that you will be working as an independent contractor using your vehicle in a taxi like fashion.   

The driver will give notice to their primary automobile insurance company that MyRIDI Inc and its associates will have permission to call or be notified by the primary automobile insurance company seven days prior to billing if their insurance policy is about to elapse, be cancelled or not paid.

Example: Iowa’s minimum primary automobile insurance policy requirements when MyRIDI app / platform is off / not in use.

  • $50,000 for bodily injury per person
  • $100,000 for bodily injury per accident
  • $25,000 for property damage per accident

The mandatory primary insurance requirements a driver must have before he/she will be approved to use MyRIDI app / platform. Driver primary automobile insurance must be in the amount of  at least one hundred and fifty thousand dollars because of bodily injury to or death of one or more persons and injury to or destruction of property of others in any one accident. MyRIDI do not have an insurance policy in place that may help protects drivers while they are transporting passengers. So, you can rest assured that they will keep you safe.

All levels of insurance (engaged in a prearranged ride, you are logged on to MyRIDI app / platform, before passenger/after rider enters the motor vehicle) will be maintained by the Driver primary automobile insurance policy, in the amount of at least one hundred and fifty thousand dollars because of bodily injury to or death of one or more persons and injury to or destruction of property of others in any one accident.

You as the driver must carry proof of financial liability coverage, as required by MyRIDI or your state whichever is the highest amounts required at all times during which the driver uses a motor vehicle in connection with the use of a transportation network company’s digital network. In the event of an accident, the driver shall provide proof of financial liability coverage to any directly interested party or insurer, and to any investigating police officer, upon request. Upon such a request, the driver shall also disclose to any directly interested party or insurer, and to any investigating police officer, whether the driver was logged on to a company’s digital network or was providing a prearranged ride at the time of the accident.

MyRIDI do not have insurance that will help protects drivers while they are transporting passengers or for any other reason. It is the driver’s responsibility to obtain at a minimum the $1 hundred and fifty thousand in liability coverage through their own insurance company and provide proof before they will be approved to use MyRIDI’s app/platform for business.

However, you should know about the “coverage gap” that can occur when you are going to pick up a passenger. In this moment, your personal insurance must cover you since you are driving for business purposes. MyRIDI will not cover you this is your responsibility, to protect yourself in these situations, we recommend getting rideshare coverage. It is an affordable add-on for many insurance policies. You can learn more about it in our guide coming soon.

MyRIDI Phone Requirements

Mobile device is crucial to making the MyRIDI service work at all. They are what allow drivers and passengers to connect across cities and in a variety of weather conditions, all at the touch of a button. It is crucial that you have a mobile device that works and meets the following requirements:

  • A cellular connection: You need a cellular connection in order to run the MyRIDI driver app. You cannot use a device that only works on Wi-Fi, such as an MP3 player, tablet, or phone without an active cellular data plan.
  • Operating system requirements for iPhones and Apple devices: iOS 11.
  • Operating system requirements for Android devices: Android 7 or higher.

If you do not meet the operating system requirements, it is still possible that the MyRIDI app will work; it just may not perform at the optimal level. This could interfere with your ability to give rides successfully and safely.

MyRIDI Vehicle Requirements

What exactly are the requirements that your vehicle needs to meet for MyRIDI? These vary based on the market in which you are operating. Here are the general requirements, however:

  • Vehicle age requirement — In general, your car can be no older than 15 years. In many cities, the maximum age is 10 years.
  • Vehicle type requirement — MyRIDI never allows you to drive taxis or stretch limos for their platform.
  • Number of seats — All vehicles must have at least 5 seats (including the driver’s) and no more than 8 seats.
  • Number of doors — All vehicles must have 4 doors
  • Vehicle inspection — Most cities require you to pass a vehicle inspection. This checks to ensure that key safety features like brakes and seat belts are working.

To learn more, consult our complete guide to MyRIDI vehicle requirements.

You cannot go wrong with any of the above cars, and as long as they meet your city’s age requirements, they’ll meet all other necessary requirements out there. Indeed, they will go above and beyond the minimum requirement in order to deliver a high-quality passenger experience.

MyRIDI State and Local Requirements

In addition to all the requirements outlined above, you may have to meet additional specific requirements for your state, city, or locality. This can be annoying, but it is the reality of how transportation and business laws vary across a country with as many states as the U.S.

For example, in New York City the driving record and criminal background checks are not conducted by the rideshare company. Instead, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) conducts them according to their licensing standards.

Specific requirements like these are crucial to be aware of before you apply to drive with MyRIDI. To view a list of specific requirements for your region, visit MyRIDI’s driver application requirements page and select the area in which you want to drive.

You will also receive further information on additional requirements once you have completed your online application.

Driver Document Requirements for the Top 3 MyRIDI States

The state document requirements for MyRIDI drivers can vary. Let us examine the top five states for MyRIDI drivers and what their requirements are:

1. Illinois

To drive in the Illinois, you will need have the following documents:

  • Vehicle inspection form
  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Personal vehicle insurance
  • Driver photo

2. Iowa

Make sure you have these documents handy before you apply:

  • Vehicle inspection form
  • Iowa driver’s license
  • Iowa vehicle insurance
  • Driver photo
  • Iowa license plate

3. Alabama

Alabama drivers need to have these documents:

  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registratio
  • Alabama vehicle insurance
  • Driver photo
  • Vehicle inspection form (mobile only)

As you can see, the driver requirements do not vary that much from state to state. However, there are some subtle differences to keep in mind, especially if you are moving from one state to another and want to keep driving with MyRIDI.

Do not see your state in this list? Do not worry, it’s easy to find out your driver requirements. Just Google the name of your state + “MyRIDI driver requirements.” You should be able to see the requirements promptly.

Final Requirements to Start Driving with MyRIDI

Meeting the MyRIDI driver requirements is an essential part of beginning your gig as a MyRIDI driver. While they can feel infuriatingly detailed and specific, the requirements are ultimately there to make sure that you and your passengers have a safe, enjoyable experience using MyRIDI.

Before we go, we should mention that, in addition to driver requirements, there are also MyRIDI vehicle requirements that your car will have to meet before you begin driving. To learn more about these, check out our comprehensive guide to MyRIDI vehicle requirements.

We also suggest having a look at our MyRIDI vehicle inspection guide, as most states will require your vehicle to pass an inspection before you can begin giving rides.

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