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Requirements for Driving with Instacart

There are clear requirements for delivering groceries with Instacart. It is important that you study the Instacart Website for all the latest details and requirements for driving with Instacart, especially for your particular location.

Generally, to be a full-service Shopper, Instacart requires that you:

    • Are at least 18 years old.
    • Are eligible to work in Canada.
    • Are able to lift 15 kilos
    • Have a valid driver’s license.
    • Have access to a car, with insurance coverage.
    • Clear a background check. (Instacart helps you do this) (Done annually)
    • Acquire a set of insulated bags.
    • Are willing to sign the legal agreements which reflect your arrangements with Instacart.

As you are probably aware, you must provide your own technology: A verifiable email address and cellphone number; and a smartphone and data plan with sufficient coverage for all your online work and road time. Also, you must use insulated bags or hard coolers when transporting temperature-sensitive foods. You can get insulated bags through Instacart or on your own.

Please remember that Instacart’s requirements vary slightly from one province to another. So it is important that you study the Instacart Website about specific requirements for the location where you plan to drive.

Required Documents

To activate your Instacart account, you must download the Instacart Shopper app and use it to sign up. You will be asked to upload a photo of yourself and your driver’s license, and to provide other information for your profile and for your background check.

How Long Will it Take to Get my Instacart Account Activated?

Once you provide all the documentation, it should normally take up to a week for the background check to be done and the registration process to be completed. By then, you should have received in the mail your Instacart payment card, and you’ll be ready to immediately begin making money as an Instacart Shopper. While waiting, begin planning your strategy for making the most money delivering groceries with Instacart.

Ready to Start?

Be sure to study the Instacart Website about specific requirements in your area. Once you are confident that you are qualified, then go ahead and take the next step: SIGN UP! It only takes a few minutes to set up your Instacart Account, providing basic information to establish your profile.

Don’t worry – Instacart does not require fees or deposits, and there are no binding obligations or legal traps. At any point along the way, you can pause to get answers to your questions. So you might as well get started now. The sooner you sign up and launch the registration process, the sooner you’ll be out on the road earning money.

(Note: When you click the link to go to Instacart’s sign-up page, the sign-up address will automatically include a Referral Code NTHDD0BAD. This tells Instacart you were referred by Gig Drivers of Canada. We would be grateful if you will use that sign-up page (or enter the Referral Code in the sign-up box), so Gig Drivers can receive recognition and a small referral reward to help cover our expenses. Thank you very much!)

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