In an era when passengers can opt out of ride-hailing services without their knowledge, the idea of being asked to sign a waiver for a ride-sharing service could be a huge headache for those trying to make the most of their days off.
The problem is the same for drivers.
They’re being asked for permission to use their driver’s license to make a claim for a trip they didn’t ask for, and the paperwork isn’t in the right place.
But in the meantime, there are a few steps you can take to help make sure you don’t get yourself in trouble.1.
Always ask for a waiver2.
Don’t ask the driver to take a test before you get to the ride-share office3.
Always check the company’s online registration form4.
If you think you’re not a licensed driver, contact your state’s licensing agency or the city’s licensing department to get a waiver5.
If the company doesn’t provide the right form, write a letter explaining your concerns to the driver and the company.
You can then send a copy to the agency and the city to file a request for a temporary waiver.
In some cases, this is a good idea if you don.6.
You’re in luck for a second option: Your state can take a more proactive approach to driver licensing.
It has a program called the Driver License Application Center, which is meant to help people find out if they are a licensed or non-licensed driver.
The center is located at your local DMV, and it’s there to answer questions like, “Does this company have a license to drive in this state?” and “Does my driver license state that I’m a licensed motor vehicle driver?”
If you’re unfamiliar with this program, here’s a quick overview: The DMV is responsible for verifying the identity of all licensed drivers and verifying the status of their licenses.
This includes verifying whether they’re eligible for a state-issued driver license or if they’re an out-of-state driver.
For example, an out of state driver’s permit that you may have had expired is not an accurate record of who you are.
If a non-licenced driver does have a valid driver license, it can be a good start for determining whether the state is in compliance with the requirements for a driver license.
If you have questions about the program or about whether you qualify, call the DMV’s Driver License Services at 1-800-342-4821 or email [email protected]
If there is a discrepancy between the information on the Driver Application Center and the information provided on the form, you can also submit a written request for verification.
You can learn more about the Driver Licensing and Identity Protection Program here.
If your state doesn’t have a program for driver licensing, you’ll have to do your own due diligence to figure out if you qualify.
For some, this will be a challenge.
But for others, it could save them time, money, and frustration.