Pastafarian headgear is allowed in UK licenses.

Published October 25th, 2015 by Bobby Henderson


So I checked back in on one of my fave sites and amongst other wonderful things, I notice that poor ‘Ian Harris from Wales’ failed to get his drivers license approved due to him respectfully wearing a (similarly aged as himself) colander.

I have been sporting a rather dandy Pirate headpiece for some time now, (originally inspired by Niko Alm) so thought I’d share.

I must admit, the DVLA did send my application back, stating that I was ‘wearing a hat’ and so I returned it asking for them to respect my religious beliefs/headwear. And that was that!

My passport expires in 2019, where I will be pushing for the ‘eye-patch’ combo.


Interesting that some places are cool with Pastafarian headgear on Official documents, and some are not. Probably it comes down to the opinion (and mood) of the person behind the desk, and maybe that’s ok.

I think the more instances of approval by government bureaucrats we get, the stronger our case for recognized legitimacy. It’s getting harder and harder for anyone to say this is all a joke, when we can point to dozens or hundreds of examples where government officials have looked over our documents and said OK. I feel like we’re making progress getting in the back door.

Thanks very much to Colin and all the others who have been fighting for our rights.

84 Responses to “Pastafarian headgear is allowed in UK licenses.”

  1. Rasputin says:

    Dear British Pastafarian Licence Holder, please contact one of the “God slots” on BBC radio. Try to get on something like the Chris Evans Show on Radio 2. You’ll make a change from all the Jews, Christians, Muslims, humanists, Hindus and other delusional people. Contact the show via email. As I understand it, they’ll pay generous expenses.

  2. Pam says:

    Speaking of holy head gear, I have been wanting to swap my Helmet of Salvation for an FSM is Great Colander but I can’t one anywhere. Is there a war on colanders like there’s a war on Christmas?



    • TheFewTheProudTheMarinara says:

      Yes, Pam. There is a war on Noodlemass. All good Pastafarians are asking is that an image of the Noodly Master be affixed to each and every colander, so thousands of them have been recalled from the shelves pending this upgrade.

      • Pam says:

        Dear The Few and everyone else except Kevin B.

        Do you think this ambition on the Colander thing goes far enough? What about having something like “Spaghetti is Great” put on all the currency? Personally, I would call for the state funded placement of giant FSM statues in every town and hamlet. Also, ten of our lord FSM’s fave teachings must be affixed to the walls of schools and courthouses everywhere. I stop short of proposing a mandatory pledge of pasta alleigance for new citizens but this may change

        Do I go too far?


  3. SillyKiwiMan says:

    I renewed my license a couple of days ago.

    In a place full of bureaucrats, many of whom appearing to have trouble with the concept of smiling, and with a significant proportion proudly displaying their religions, I knew it wasn’t worth making a scene and went sans colander.

    15-20 years ago I’d have argued endlessly. Now I realise that all I’d do is make Pastafarians look like arseholes. It doesn’t matter whether the person making the queue you’re in is right or wrong when they’re arguing with someone behind a counter, you just hate them for slowing shit down even more.

    Still, I can’t help but feel like I wussed out.

    • The Sauceror says:

      Dear Silly Kiwi, while I wish you had stuck to your guns, I’m also very glad I wasn’t the one stuck behind you in the queue while you argued endlessly with someone about something I could care less about. In that sense, wussing out was much braver than standing your ground. I think this brave, bold act of running away from non-threatening danger should qualify you for sainthood– or at least a beer. What do our fellow pirates think? Does this apparent act of cowardice not qualify as the ultimate TRUE bravery? Silly Kiwi sacrificed his dignity for a greater good– our religion. I say he’s a saint. Ramen.

      • SillyKiwiMan says:

        It was a bitter lesson that took me a long time to learn, but there are fights you can win, and fights you can’t. If you don’t learn to differentiate between the two, then you’ll go mad.

        That’s not to say that this isn’t a fight worth fighting, but the timing of a strike can make a strong blow inneffective, and a gentle tap devastating.

        I use the analogy of the other day, when I tested the waters taking my dog on a bus, in line with the policy of the local state transit authority. I got a few questions, from a few people, but to one young gentleman I simply said “rather than making a song and dance, we just need enough people to do what is within our rights, quietly, until it becomes seen as normal, then nobody will bother challenging something that is currently ok, but unknown”.

        It helps that I work for the railways, and can flash the driver a state issued travel pass, but my point is that with patience, the grip of religion will slip and it is then that making our case for equality will be the most effective. In this church, we often preach to our own choir. I think we’re better off when someone is genuinely questioning their faith, and rather than lecturing, asking the questions that we know will cause them to critically examine their beliefs. I liken the abandonment of faith to giving up smoking. You can’t quit the ciggies if you don’t actually want to. I still yearn for a smoke on the odd occasion, and I envy (in some small way) the comfort that some people gain from their faith (but that’s offset by pitying them for their weakness).

  4. Jerry says:

    And the illumination continues . . .
    although I’m not sure what a “Pastafarian Atheist” is – seems like an oxymoron.

    • Rasputin says:

      Dear Jerry, thanks for sharing this with us. Another victory! Yaaarrgghhh and splice the mainbrace! Yes, I it’s sad that we need help from athiests who don’t accept our noodly deity as their Lord. Still, our enemy’s enemy is our friend. Thankyou, Humanists.

  5. Rev. Chamberlain says:

    Another victory!! May the sauce be with you, Lindsay Miller!


  6. B BiCee says:

    The Russian branch of the FSM has also recently caught the headlines


    • Rasputin says:

      Dear B BiCee, is that a colander or a woolly hat?

  7. tudia says:

    You’ll make a change from all the Jews, Christians, Muslims, humanists, Hindus and other delusional people. Contact the show via email. As I understand it, they’ll pay generous expenses

    • Captain Birdseye says:

      tudia, surely, we are ranked as equally delusional as any other religion, and thus, no change at all.

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