Man gets name legally changed to Buzz Lightyear on driver’s license

(Courtesy: Buzz Lightyear via Twitter)

INFINITY AND BEYOND (WCMH) – An English man who changed his name to Buzz Lightyear for charity has won a battle to get his new name on his driver’s license.

CREDIT: Buzz Lightyear, Twitter
CREDIT: Buzz Lightyear, Twitter

Lightyear, who was born Sam Stephens, said the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency told him they would not honor his request, according to the BBC. 

The 26-year-old, who lives in Devon, said on April 2 that he has been issued a new license.

Lightyear told the BBC he wanted to do “the most outrageous thing” possible to raise money for the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent in 2015 and decided to change his name to Buzz Lightyear, his favorite childhood movie character. He also got a tattoo of the character on his leg, ran the Brighton marathon, and raised about £2,000 ($2,829) for the charity.

He said his original application to change his driving license was rejected in May 2015, despite having sent the DVLA his legal paperwork.

As an aside, he is not married and told the BBC he is still looking for “Mrs. Lightyear.”


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