Amazon has become synonymous with fast growth and has even replaced Apple as the highest-valued brand in the world. Even the pandemic hasn’t stopped Amazon, with millions of people turning to the online giant to ensure they always have everything they need.

With orders booming, Amazon is continuously looking for new delivery drivers for its Amazon Flex platform. If you drive Uber or do other on-demand driving, you can maximise your income by doing deliveries when you don’t have as many rideshare requests. Either way, Amazon Flex is definitely a big player in the gig economy that you may want to consider.

What is Amazon Flex?

Using the Amazon Flex platform, you can deliver parcels or blocks with your own car, whenever you choose. Whether it’s a weekend gig or a day-to-day activity, you can basically deliver as little or as often as you like.

TIP: Amazon Flex pays delivery drivers in hourly blocks, so you can plan your week ahead and know exactly how much you’ll earn delivering parcels.

What are the delivery driver requirements for Amazon Flex?

To deliver parcels for Amazon Flex, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • be 18 years of age
  • have a full UK driving licence
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • have a valid UK National Insurance Number
  • have a clean criminal record and driving check
  • have an Android (7.0 or higher) or iOS phone (iOS 14 or higher). Your phone must also have a flash, GPS location services, and a SIM card.

These are more or less similar with the driver requirements for most rideshare apps, with the exception of the age, which is minimum 21 years in ridesharing. If you’re 21 or older and you’re looking for an on-demand driving job or for similar delivery apps to make more money, you might find this London rideshare app comparison useful.

What are the car requirements for Amazon Flex?

To deliver packages from the Amazon Logistics stations, you’ll need a midsize car or larger with capacity of 5 seats or more. Because parcels need to be protected from the weather during delivery, cars with fewer than 5 seats are not eligible for deliveries, unless it’s a van or an enclosed pickup truck. Your car must have a valid MOT and insurance.

DID YOU KNOW? Car requirements are the same across all delivery types (including Amazon Logistics, Amazon Fresh and supermarket stores).

How do I get started with Amazon Flex?

Getting started with Amazon Flex is rather simple.

1. Download the Amazon Flex app

The first thing to do is download the app on your phone, in order to sign up and finish creating your account. You can do this two ways:

TIP: When you first sign up for Amazon Flex, you can use an existing customer account, or you can create a new customer account to use with Amazon Flex.

2. Upload the required documents

You’ll be asked to upload a few documents, including Right to Work documents for self-employment purposes. Here are the accepted Right to Work documents:

  • UK or Rep. of Ireland Passport
  • UK or a Rep of Ireland Birth or Adoption Certificate
  • Settled or Pre-settled Status
  • Biometric Residence Permit
  • Stamp or visa in a valid passport
  • Immigration Status Document
  • Certificate of Registration / Naturalisation
  • Application Registration Card
  • Other (i.e. proof of a pending Right to Work document application, The Crown Dependencies EU Settlement Scheme document or a Frontier Worker permit).

3. Start making deliveries

Once you’ve successfully created your account, you can start delivering. In the app, you can check for available blocks or even schedule delivery blocks. With every offer, you’ll see expected earnings and how long Amazon estimates the block will take to complete. Blocks are between 1 and 4 hours long, allowing you to choose a time that suits your schedule.

When you accept an offer, you’ll receive a confirmation message. If you need help, you can go to the Help section of the app to call Driver’s Support.

Does Amazon cover the cost or Congestion Charge, ULEZ, and tolls?

No, it’s your responsibility as a driver to pay the Congestion Charge, ULEZ, and any tolls, including airport fees such as the Heathrow drop-off charge.

How do I get paid with Amazon Flex?

Amazon Flex pays on Wednesdays for all deliveries completed during the previous seven days.

TIP: On the Amazon Flex app, in the Earnings section, you can see in advance how much you’ll earn for each delivery.

How much do Amazon Flex delivery drivers earn?

It depends. Because of the very flexible nature of the job, it’s difficult to estimate a weekly or even a daily amount. However, according to Amazon, delivery drivers can make between £13-£17 per hour, depending on location and of course, number of deliveries.

One of our customers, Richie was kind enough to share his experiences driving Amazon Flex during the first lockdown in early 2020 and in the months leading up to it. Find out more in the blog post below:

What insurance do I need for Amazon Flex?

Your car needs a commercial insurance policy, often referred to as ‘Hire and Reward’ insurance as well as the minimum legal motor insurance as required by law.

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