Where is Amazon Flex available?
Amazon Flex has drivers in over 50 US cities, but aren’t always actively recruiting in every area. If your city isn’t on the list, you can still download the app and let Amazon know you’re interested in becoming a driver. Someone from Amazon may contact you when work opens up in your area.
How to sign up as a driver
Ready to get behind the wheel for Amazon? Here’s a quick startup guide for new drivers.
- Download the Amazon Flex mobile app.
- Sign in using your existing Amazon account, or create a new account.
- Select a service area for picking up and delivering packages.
- Provide tax and payment details.
- Review videos provided to learn about delivery best practices.
- Provide answers to questions that will be used for a background check.
To sign up to become an Amazon Flex driver, you must meet the following criteria:
- At least 21 years old
- Full, unrestricted driver’s license
- Qualifying vehicle
- Valid insurance
- iPhone 6s or newer, or Android 6 or newer smartphone
- Pass a background check
What type of vehicle do I need?
For Prime Now orders, any safe, reliable car is adequate. But if you want to deliver Amazon.com orders, you must have a 4-door, midsized sedan or larger. If you have a truck, it must have a covered bed to qualify. You can’t use a motorcycle or a motorized bicycle or scooter to make deliveries. You are allowed to use rental cars as well.
What kind of insurance do I need?
You need to maintain the insurance required by the DMV in your state to be a driver for Amazon Flex. Amazon also provides a liability policy for drivers outside New York that has uninsured motorist and comprehensive and collision coverage.
This policy only applies when you’re actively delivering. It does not cover any passengers or any accidents that happen while someone else is driving, even if you’re delivering packages while someone else drives. Drivers living in New York may need commercial insurance to work for Amazon Flex.
What kind of phone do I need?
You’ll need either an Android or iPhone to deliver for Amazon. These are the specific requirements:
- Android 6.0 or newer
- 2 GB or higher RAM
- Camera with flash
- GPS Location Services
- SIM card
- iPhone 6s or newer
- iOS 13 or higher
Pros and cons of delivering with Amazon Flex
- Pick your shift. Amazon schedules delivery blocks with a pay scale attached to each block, allowing you to choose the hours you work and go into each shift knowing what you’ll be paid.
- Flexible. Because you choose the blocks you work, you can also take time off whenever you need.
- Amazon rating system. Amazon times your deliveries, tracks your schedule and tallies customer complaints and delivery errors, which can all lead to you getting a lower rating — even if the errors and schedule changes are not your fault.
- Not an employee. As an Amazon Flex driver, you’re considered a Driver Partner, not an employee. This means you don’t have the same rights as the full-time delivery drivers who work for Amazon. Past Flex Drivers rating the company on Glassdoor have reported struggles getting their disputes over hours and pay resolved with Amazon HR.
- Wear and tear on your vehicle. The gas you use and all wear and tear to your car comes out of your pocket with no compensation from Amazon.
Amazon Flex could be a solid option if you’re looking to turn your free time into some supplemental income and willing to put some mileage on your personal vehicle.