Local man protests getting new biometric driver’s license for religious reasons


A local man protested getting a new driver’s license by arriving at the Elkins DMV on Monday afternoon wearing Native American head garb. 

Phillip Hudok drove eight years without a license while in negotiations with DMV Commissioner and then-Governor Manchin from 2008 to 2016 to accommodate his Christian convictions. A few years later, then-Governor Tomblin rescinded Manchin’s accommodation and Hudok was required to get a new driver’s license.

In May of 2017, Hudok got a new driver’s license issued at the Flatwoods DMV and protested by wearing Native American Garb. Nearly two years later at the Elkins DMV on Monday afternoon, Hudok once again arrived for a new license while dressed in Native American garb. 

Hudok said he was protesting having to get a biometric driver’s license to accommodate his Christian convictions.

“In the 19 years since this has began, I’ve just seen our country go downhill as far as Christians not being treated equally and it’s a shame that our country, which was founded by on Christian principles and has the ten commandments on three places at the supreme court in Washington, D.C., now Christians don’t even have the equal, the rights that they’re giving other persuasions, other people of religions, whatever, you know,” Hudok said.

Hudok said he has written to former governor Earl Ray Tomblin concerning his conviction. 

12 News has reached out to the DMV for further comment on this situation.

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