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UK Uber Background Check – Will You Pass the Test


Past accusations against Uber, that they employ criminals and unfit drivers, has led to them take the Uber Background Check very seriously.Uber background checks

So part of your application process will include a background check. This will also be required as part of your application for a Private Hire license from your local Authority.

After all, the only things that Uber know about you are the things that you tell them and you are hardly likely to mention any bad bits. That’s if you have them.

If you are waiting for the results of an Uber background check, or if you are thinking of applying, you will want to know a bit about the checks and what they may reveal.

What Happens in the UK

Uber do not say much about the checks that they use in the Uk.

It is believed that they use an agency called Onfido who base much of their checks on the Government checking system plus some other information in some cases.

These checks are known as DBS ( Disclosure and Baring Service ) checks. These were previously known as CRB checks.

There may well be a bit of a delay in getting the results, so don’t worry if it takes two or three weeks. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be bad news.

I’m sure that you will want to know what is being looked into and what information you will have to provide.

So lets take a look at that.

What will you have to provide for a DBS check?

There is quite a complicated route to providing the required documents.

Thankfully for most of us it’s quite straight forward you will need to provide one document form the following:

  • Passport
  • Biometric residence permit
  • Photographic driving licence
  • Birth certificate
  • Adoption Certificate

Plus two further documents from this or two other groups.

To checkout the requirements in the various lists visit the Government DBS Check Page 2 by following this link.

Unfortunately you can’t do a check on yourself, only companies can do this.

You may, however, be asked to pay the fee plus the agency charge. The Government fees are:

£26.00 for a standard check

This checks for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.

£44.00 for an Enhanced check

This includes the same as the standard check plus any additional information held by local police that’s reasonably considered relevant to the role being applied for.

If you want to check yourself out before applying then you can get a check done by Experian for £ 54.99 inc VAT

Some specific investigations may be required that will not be included in the Experian check so it is not a complete guarantee of acceptance.

What is Being Checked?

Many of your Vehicle and driver Licensing requirements will have to be checked. These are listed in the FREE eBook but there will be more checks including:

  • Basic Criminal Record Check
  • Electronic Identity Check
  • Proof that you are legally in the UK and entitled to work
  • Past Driving Record

Don’t panic if you have the odd minor law infringement as these may not lead to you failing the check.

What Happens when you are Approved

As soon as you are approved a DBS Certificate in your name will be issued. It is a secure document with the following features.

  • a ‘crown seal’ watermark repeated down the right side, visible both on the surface and when held up to the light
  • a background design featuring the word ‘Disclosure’, which appears in a wave-like pattern across both sides of a certificate; the pattern’s colour alternates between blue and green on the reverse
  • ink and paper that change colour when wet

You may not personally see this document but is there is any problem and you feel that it is wrong you should appeal giving the full details.

Good Luck

I hope that you sail through this little test and that everything is fine.

Happy Uber Driving










Checks done by Onfido

About Brian G

The UK Rideshare and Ride hail blog. How to Guides, Reviews, Weekly News, Opinion and personal view of the business. Brian who got his first Black Cab at the age of 26 had had a life long interest in all things related to cabs and private Car. In addition i have had 18 years experience of running my own business and helping others to get started.

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