To Brighton, and beyond: Buzz Lightyear wins licence battle with the DVLA

A Devon man who changed his name to Buzz Lightyear has successfully won a battle with the DVLA to have his driving licence changed to his new name!

Formerly known as Sam Stephens, 26 year old Mr Lightyear changed his name by deed poll to fundraise for childrens cancer charity CLIC Sargent. He also ran the Brighton  marathon and had a Buzz Lightyear tattoo as part of his efforts, and managed to raise a full £2,000!

However, when applying to change his driving licence to match his new identity, the DVLA refused to re-issue, citing reputational damage. A spokesman for the DVLA said; “We recognise people may choose to change their name for many reasons. The driving licence is an important official document which is used both here and abroad. That is why we look for a range of evidence to support the application before we update our records.”

However, following the original rejection, the DVLA have relented, and now sent through a full license.

Buzz admits that his new name has caused issues – professionally, and when trying to book tables at restaurants and order food. However, he said that he would consider changing his name again for a fundraiser, but right now is buy looking for Mrs Lightyear.

Would you liftshare with Buzz, or would you have concerns he’d given a fake identity? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo credit: Buzz Lightyear

Author Lex Barber


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