Man whose signature is a penis drawing loses five-year legal battle to get it recognised

When Jared first penned the dirty drawing, he admitted he thought it would go through okay and that he could just change it the next yearSlipped through: His proof of age card was approved with the drawing on it

A man who changed his signature to a drawing of a penis "for a laugh" has lost a five-year battle with Australian authorities for it to be recognised.

Jared Hyams scrawled the eyebrow-raising moniker at the bottom of a form for the Australian Electoral Commission as a joke.

But he had no idea it would land him in a five-year legal battle with various authorities to accept it as a signature.

He said: "I thought it would be a laugh; they would approve it and next year I would sign something different.

Sydney Morning HeraldScribble: Jared Hyams' Deakin University student card

"But when I did this signature all of a sudden the shit hit the fan. I was receiving letters and phone calls telling me I couldn't have it. I thought, that's interesting, why not?"

So the 33-year-old Melbourne man did what anyone would do - he signed up to study for a law degree, determined to take on the Australian government.

Sydney Morning HeraldHilarious: He used the signature as a joke