But Georgia didn't recognize the group as a religion, and Department of Driver Services general counsel Angelique McClendon said in a letter that he needed a colander-free driver's license photo.
“A colander is not a veil, scarf or headdress,” she said. “A colander is a kitchen utensil commonly used for ‘washing or draining food.’”
Avino maintains that he should have been allowed to wear the colander.
“If, for whatever reason, I move back to Georgia in the future, I will absolutely have my identification photo taken again wearing my religious headdress,” he wrote. “If I meet any resistance in that matter, my plan would be to find a lawyer myself and sue the Georgia Department of Driver Services for infringing on my constitutional rights.”