A self-employed delivery driver is responsible for picking up and delivering documents and freight on schedule, owning and maintaining a delivery vehicle, and maintaining a valid driver's license with a clean driving record. An independent delivery driver may also need a state-issued commercial driver's license if driving a tractor trailer or a tank truck or if transporting hazardous materials.
An independent delivery driver must own and maintain her own vehicle and carry proof of liability insurance and a valid driver's license or CDL. She is responsible for knowing and obeying federal, state and local transportation and traffic laws and laws regarding transporting hazardous or restricted materials. She must have a thorough knowledge of her routes, mapping technology and typical traffic patterns. She must be reliable, able to work within deadlines, and flexible in scheduling and routing deliveries. An independent courier is responsible for keeping paperwork organized, obtaining all necessary signatures, and keeping a log of all stops on her route.
A self-employed delivery driver may use her own transportation and schedule her own work or may work for several commercial courier companies. Couriers may be responsible for picking up and delivering time-sensitive, confidential materials such as legal documents and medical diagnostic materials and for making same-day deliveries of commercial drawings, specifications, samples and supplies between businesses. Delivery drivers may travel within one city or between cities in a locality.