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How to Understand Error Charges and Dispute a DoorDash Charge

Learn why you received a charge, where to find these charges in the Merchant Portal, and how to dispute a DoorDash charge.

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If you've been charged with an incorrect, missing or wrong item, but it's not your fault, you can create a DoorDash dispute on the Merchant Portal. Depending on the type of issue, DoorDash may charge 25% to 100% of an applicable item's costs, including tax, and subtracting commission paid. Avoiding these errors can improve your customer experience.

What are error charges?

When a customer reports an item from their order as missing, wrong, or incorrect, DoorDash issues a refund and/or credit to customers on your behalf. Depending on the situation, you may be charged a partial or full fee to cover the cost of reimbursement.

How are error charges calculated?

Error charges are deducted directly from merchant payouts and depending on the issue the restaurant may be charged between 25% to 100% of the applicable item costs, including tax, and subtracting commission paid. These error charges are deducted directly from your payouts. If errors are reported 72 hours or more after delivery, DoorDash will absorb the error cost.


Based on our current policy, here is an example of how much an order error charge would be given the price of a $10 menu item.

To calculate the base error charge, the formula is item cost multiplied by issue severity, plus tax:

Minor error: The wrong sized $10 item was provided, which is a 25% issue type (severity). The error charge base calculation is $10 (item cost) x 25% (issue severity) = $2.50. You then add the tax (8%) of $0.20. The total minor merchant charge for a $10 order would be $2.70.

Major error: If you are missing a $10 item in a customers order, with is a 100% issue type (severity). The error charge base calculation is $10 (item cost) x 100% (issue severity) = $10. You then add the tax (8%) of $0.80. The total minor merchant charge for a $10 order would be $10.80.

Where can I view my error charges?

There are several ways you can view error charges:

Insights Hub

1. Click on Insights Hub on the left side of your dashboard.

2. Select Operations Quality and scroll down to the Order Accuracy section.


3. Once there, select View Error Charges. Next, click on Order Details to see an order’s specifics.


Reports tab

1. Tap on the Reports tab.

2. Click on Create a Report.

3. Select Financials and Error Charges/Adjustments.

4. Choose if you want an immediate or recurring report, select your timeframe, and click Create Report.

Financial report on error charges and adjustments

Financials tab

1. In the Financials tab, select Order Breakdown.

2. The order ID will have an error charge amount if applicable.

Find order details in the Financials tab

Orders tab

1. In the Orders tab, navigate to the section called History.

2. Search for the order ID.


How do I dispute a DoorDash charge?

If you want to dispute a DoorDash charge, it's important to act quickly to get a refund. If you believe an error is not your fault, and you should not have been charged, you may dispute the error charge in the Merchant Portal. If there are missing, incorrect or wrong order reports that are identified as fraudulent, you will not be charged.

1. In the Merchant Portal, navigate to the Orders section.

2. Here, you'll find orders with a red tag that says “Error Charge”.

3. Click on the Dispute Error Charge button on the bottom right of the screen.


4. On the next screen, check the items you want to dispute.

5. After you check off the item, a drop-down will appear asking you to select the reason for why you are disputing the charge.


6. Click the Dispute Error Charge blue button.

7. On the next screen you'll see a yellow tag saying “Error Charge Pending” on both the order and the items.

How much will I get paid out from my DoorDash dispute?

If your error charge or refund doesn’t match the price of the item, it may be because it’s not eligible for a full refund. The refund amount is calculated by Item Price + Tax - Commission. Depending on the kind of error, certain customers will only be eligible for a 50% refund, which means we will only charge you for 50% of the error's price.

Where can I see that my DoorDash dispute has been paid out?

1. In the Merchant Portal, navigate to the Orders section.

2. Scroll down your orders to find the order that’s being disputed.

3. On the order where you’ve disputed the charge, you will see a green “Error Charge Refunded” tag. If the dispute is still pending, the tag will be orange.

What are some best practices to avoid error charges?

Here are a few things to keep in mind to avoid error charges:

1. Optimize your menu

Common menu challenges like complex modifiers, inaccurate descriptions, and incorrect photos can cause accuracy errors. A clear, concise menu leaves less room for customer confusion and can reduce accuracy errors by 20% to 50%.

2. Label bags

Whenever possible, bag items together for a single order as errors are reduced when there is one bag that’s clearly with the customer’s name and order number.

3. Check off items on the receipt

Checking off items on the receipt helps ensure that all items have made it into the bag.

4. Create a dedicated space for order prep and bagging

Especially when you’re busy, staying organized can help you fulfill orders quickly and accurately. Some tips include: dedicating space for preparation and bagging of your digital orders, putting items within easy reach, setting up a pick-up rack for dashers.

5. Increase awareness of high-risk items

If there seems to be a consistent issue, you can create signage that alerts your staff of high-risk items needing special attention during assembly and bagging, such as combos, drinks, desserts, and sauces.

DoorDash Dispute FAQ

What is the eligibility criteria to process a DoorDash Dispute? 

You will need to have Admin or Store Manager access in the Merchant Portal to dispute a charge. In addition, the error charge must have occurred within the last 14 days, otherwise you’ll need to reach out to DoorDash Support.

Why don’t I see the option to dispute error charges? 

If the charge is more than 14 days old, you don't have the appropriate level of portal access. You can only dispute a DoorDash charge if you Admin or Store Manager Portal access (here’s how to adjust Portal access).

What is the maximum amount of orders I can dispute in the Merchant Portal?

Every merchant can only report a certain percentage of error charges within a given time period before having to contact DoorDash Support. If you do not see the option to dispute a charge, it means you may have exceeded the limit. 

Make sure to regularly check the Merchant Portal as it can provide valuable insights into the ordering experience of your customers. By analyzing this feedback, you can identify anywhere there may be consistent errors and work to improve your processes. 

At DoorDash, we’re committed to offering a quality experience for restaurants, customers, and Dashers. By making it easy to submit a DoorDash dispute if you think there’s an issue, we hope we can take some of the stress out of running your business.

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