Australian Man Is Fighting To Have A Phallic Symbol On All His IDs

| by Zara Zhi
Jared Hyams.Jared Hyams.

An Australian man has dedicated five years of his life trying to have his “penis signature” registered as valid on his driver’s license, passport and proof of age card.

Jared Hyams, from Melbourne's Blackburn South, first drew a penis picture instead of writing a signature on his registration form for the Australian Electoral Commission as a joke.

But what began as a prank turned into a lengthy battle with the government to recognize his “signature” as real, according to Daily Mail.

“I thought it would be a laugh; they would approve it and next year I would sign something different,” the 33-year-old told The Age.

“But when I did this signature, all of a sudden I was receiving letters and phone calls telling me I couldn't have it. I thought, that's interesting, why not? It sparked something in me, I didn't understand if these people were offended or had taken it personally.”

Hyams has since been motivated to study law in college and decided to use the “penis signature” as his own, applying for other important identification documents with it.

So far, Hyams has had success with it, managing to get the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation to accept it.

He also used it to sign his health card, library and student cards and to open a bank account.

VicRoads, which issues driver's licenses in Australia's state of Victoria, would not accept it, calling it “offensive.” After several court cases and a few more tries, Hyams eventually got the phallic doodle on his license.

The Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs denied him a passport because it said the image could be considered as sexual harassment toward staff.

The Department of Justice joined other agencies in rejecting his application for a Working with Children Check, a license to work with children in the country, due to the signature. 

While Hyams is uncertain as to why he decided to use the symbol as his signature, he will continue using it until the federal government stops its disapproval of it.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Age / Photo credit: The Age