Pastafarian Wins Right to Wear a Colander in License Photo as He Insists It Symbolizes His Faith


In taking a photo for driver’s license, no motorist is allowed to wear a hat or anything that covers the head to prevent intentional altering, enhancing, or hiding certain parts of the driver’s face. But there is an exemption: if the applicant cites religious reasons for wearing such garment, then that’s acceptable. And for a man named Andrei Filin, he says he has all the right to enjoy such exemption.

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Filin is a Pastafarian, a group of people who worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) and promote light-hearted view of religion. In Pastafarianism, colanders are considered a religious symbol.

So as an avid follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Filin insisted that he must be allowed to wear a colander in his driving license photograph as it symbolizes his faith.


After a long debate, the Pastafarian was allowed to wear the kitchenware in his photo, mainly because Pastafarianism is deemed a legitimate religion, whose principles shall be considered acceptable too.

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