A medical exam established the self-styled "pastafarian" was mentally fit to drive
Niko Alm first applied for the licence three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for religious reasons.
Mr Alm said the pasta strainer was a requirement of his religion, 'pastafarianism'.
Later a police spokesman explained that the licence was issued because Mr Alm's face was fully visible in the photo.
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or 'pastafarians' or 'Pastafarianism'
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, while having existed in secrecy for hundreds of years, only recently came into the mainstream when this letter was published in May 2005.