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Can you drive for Uber with a DUI on your record?

On Behalf of | Jul 1, 2019 | DUI

Throughout Ohio, many people have managed to make a living driving for Uber or Lyft. These ridesharing apps allow people to get around Cleveland and other major cities in the state with ease, and the drivers can earn decent money if they drive often enough. In 2015, there were concerns that too many Uber drivers were in the state, and while the rate of pay has dwindled for people using the apps, it still remains a viable option for many to earn a living. 

However, you may not be able to automatically sign up to drive for Uber. The company has conditions that its drivers must meet, such as having a certain type of car. You also need to provide your driving history before you can drive. If the company finds a DUI or OVI conviction on your record, then Uber will disqualify you from driving. 

DUIs prevent you from signing up for ridesharing apps

In Ohio, a DUI remains on your driving record for the rest of your life. There is a misconception that a conviction drops off after a certain point. In actuality, every time you receive a traffic violation, you accumulate points. If you get too many points on your record, then the state suspends your license. After two years, you lose the points you received from a DUI. However, the conviction itself remains. Uber and Lyft will check your record, and if there is a DUI present, then you cannot drive for them. 

You cannot get rid of a conviction

It is possible to expunge certain crimes off your record. This prevents employers, such as Uber, from easily finding any crimes. However, the state of Ohio does not allow for the expungement of driving under the influence of alcohol. Therefore, if you plan on going to court for these charges, you need to do everything in your power to avoid a conviction. 


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