What Is DoorDash Drive?
With DoorDash Drive, restaurants can use DoorDash to request a Dasher to deliver orders to their customers directly. These orders will typically be catering orders so unpacking and laying out the trays for the customer upon delivery is appreciated. These restaurants typically require multiple hot bags to best complete the delivery.
A guaranteed minimum earning is displayed upfront for every Drive order. Dashers will continue to earn standard base pay + 100% of tips. If the base delivery pay + tip falls below the minimum guarantee offered, DoorDash will pay extra to fill the difference. You may make more than the minimum offered if a customer provides a large enough tip. Let’s look at two examples where base pay per delivery is $5:
- Ex 1: $15 minimum guaranteed on an order. I am given a $20 tip; DoorDash pays the $5 standard starting point base rate. I make $25 on this order.
- Ex 2: $20 minimum guaranteed on an order. I am given no tip; DoorDash pays the $5 standard starting point base rate, plus an additional $15 shown as “Extra pay.” I make $20 on this order.
Claim Drive Orders Early
Scheduled orders provide you the option to claim Drive delivery opportunities early, oftentimes the day before or the morning of the delivery. Restaurants require that you must be equipped with 2 large insulated bags to claim Drive orders in advance. Once you are equipped, you will be able to view scheduled orders. In order to ensure the highest chance of getting to take these large orders, we recommend claiming the orders as soon as they’re available. If you already have a Dash set when claiming a scheduled delivery, claiming a Drive delivery will simply extend your Dash. If you do not have a Dash set, claiming a delivery opportunity will create a new Dash for you to complete the claimed order. You must sign into to your Dash 15 minutes before pickup time to indicate that you will still be completing the delivery. If you do not sign in, that order may be reassigned. If you claim an order but can not complete it on the day of the delivery, the order must be unassigned at least 2 hours before pickup time. For pre-claimed Drive deliveries, you can sign in anywhere - no need to be within the starting point area to get your Dash started.
Picking up the Drive Order
Once you claim a Drive order, a Dash will be created for you. you’ll go to the restaurant as usual. However, you’ll notice there is less detail about what you’ll be picking up. The restaurant will know what to give you.
Pro tip: don’t arrive too early to pick up the order. Merchants don’t always have space for Dashers to wait while they finish preparing the order.
Delivering a Drive Order
Keep in mind that the customer placed the order with the restaurant, not on DoorDash. It will be easiest (and accurate) to communicate you’re delivering the order on behalf of the restaurant. If the customer is unreachable, the most efficient approach is to attempt to find an administrator at the business first, then contact the merchant, and if both of those parties are unreachable, chat with DoorDash support. Some customers may ask you to do some light set up. Generally merchants ask that you not deliver too early. These customers are typically business clients and have communicated that being more than 20 minutes early is a problem with planned lunch schedules.
Pay by Market
Delivery pay can vary by city and details can be found on the city pages below. As a reminder, Dashers will continue to earn standard base pay + 100% of delivery gratuity paid by the customer. Select Drive merchants (not all) will allow Dashers to take a hard copy of the receipt to get signed by the customer upon drop off. On those orders, Dashers will see a "Customer Receipt for Signature" checkbox when picking up. If the customer adds a tip when signing the receipt, Dashers will be able to submit a photo of the signed receipt and 100% of that delivery gratuity* will be added to your pay.
*DoorDash and the merchant will review all receipts. Any fraudulent tip activity will result in immediate deactivation and potential legal action.
Northern California (San Francisco, East Bay, South Bay & Peninsula, Sacramento)
Seattle (Seattle, Bellevue)
New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn)
Washington, D.C. (D.C., Northern Virginia)
Q: Who requests DoorDash Drive orders?
A: Merchants request DoorDash Drive orders.
Q: True/False: On DoorDash Drive orders, your customer may not be familiar with DoorDash.
A: True. The customer placed the order directly with the merchant so may not be familiar with DoorDash.
Q: On DoorDash Drive orders, is any additional set-up be required when you drop off the food to the customer?
A: Most Drive orders are catering orders so customers will request and appreciate that we unpack the trays and lay them out for the customer when dropping off.
Q: On DoorDash Drive orders, who can you reach out to if you have questions?
A: For DoorDash Drive orders, drivers can reach out to both the merchant and the customer through the Dasher app.