updated 5/7/2005 11:36:54 PM ET 2005-05-08T03:36:54

Jesus Christ is hoping to move to West Virginia, but he’s having trouble getting a driver’s license.

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The man is described as a white-haired businessman who’s been using that name for 15 years without a problem. He has a U.S. passport, Social Security card and Washington, D.C., driver’s license bearing the name Jesus Christ.

But he still falls short of West Virginia title and license requirements, since his Florida birth certificate bears his original name. Plus, the man born as Peter Robert Phillips Jr. still hasn’t gotten an official name change approved in Washington.

A District of Columbia judge denied the legal change two years ago, saying the name could provoke “a violent reaction” or “significantly” offend people. An appeals court ruling last month, however, will start that process anew.

Christ’s attorney says the name change was an effort to express his faith.

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