updated 2/8/2006 5:03:42 PM ET 2006-02-08T22:03:42

A man who signs his name as “God” may have to surrender his driver’s license.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation told Paul Sewell in a letter last week that he would have to turn over the license if he didn’t provide the agency his birth certificate and Social Security card by Feb. 14.

The letter came less than a week after the Berks County Elections Board questioned Sewell’s signature on a voter registration form.

Sewell on Friday asked a court to intervene in the PennDOT matter. The department’s letter does not cite a reason for the order, 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 bail enforcement agent, has said he signs documents as “God” because fugitives always preface their comments with “Oh, God,” when he captures them.

In his appeal to the court, he said, “I do not know why they are canceling my driver’s license that I have had at age 16. Now I am 40.”

He signed his appeal, “God.”

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