READING, Pennsylvania (AP) – A man who signs his name as God may have to surrender his driver’s license.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation told Paul Sewell in a letter Tuesday that he would have to turn over the license if he didn’t provide his birth certificate and Social Security card to the agency by Feb. 14.
The letter came less than a week after the Berks County Elections Board questioned Sewell’s God signature on a voter registration form.
Sewell on Friday asked a Berks County court to intervene in the PennDOT matter. The department does not cite a reason in the letter and a spokeswoman declined comment.
State law requires a driver to write his usual signature on the license. The law also states the department can cancel a license if the licensee was not entitled to it, if the person failed to give required or correct information, if the person committed fraud in obtaining the license or if the license has been materially altered.
Sewell, a self-employed bond enforcement agent, has said he signs official documents as God because fugitives always preface their comments with “Oh, God,” when he captures them. He said his co-workers thought that was funny and took to calling him God.
In his appeal to the court, he said “I do not know why they are cancelling my driver’s license that I have had at age 16. Now I am 40.”
He signed his appeal, God.