Like the current electronic voting mess, it was part of a rush to legislate in early 2002 all of which collectively feels like "something must be done; this is something; thus we must do it".
I have never seen an explanation of how my life might be improved by going through all this nonsense, while I have experienced plenty of inconveniences.
The no-fly list may itself be pointless, since that particular barn door was closed in a variety of ways (most notably by locking the cockpit door, as well as the security theater of the TSA). And we've had the no-fly list for nearly two decades without Real ID, and without any more successful attacks.
So it's probably the case that it's not necessary. It may not have been unreasonable at the time it was conceived, but it takes a long time to get states to design and issue new IDs, so by the time the requirement finally became mandatory it was overcome-by-events.
Now, it just forms another barrier to getting to vote. No state currently requires a Real ID to vote, but it does make it harder to renew state-issued IDs, and some people may not be prepared with other forms of ID.
> In a letter sent to states Wednesday, Wolf said that effective immediately, states are permitted to use a secure electronic process to accept applicants’ documents. Even if states implement that pre-submission system, applicants will still be required to make an in-person DMV visit.
I've gotten real id licenses in multiple states as a result of moving, and it's incredibly annoying because you never know what documents they'll actually accept. You basically have to bring tons of extra documents in case they randomly don't like the way one of your documents looks (e.g. one state inexplicably didn't want to accept my birth certificate because it had an official seal on it). Otherwise you could end up having to make another trip (which could be even more of a headache if you're trying to reregister your car and are signing up for new insurance, in which case there may be a deadline).
I say this as someone cautiously optimistic about government improving its technology service delivery. We should be cheering efficiency, not nitpicking it.
Ohio crashes their system at least once a year: https://www.cleveland.com/open/2018/08/ohio_bmv_computer_pro...
I ask this as someone appreciative of government in general.
Would you argue against a passport or drivers license?
Sidenote: Love the username reference.