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you can make a perfectly reasonable case that a drivers license is a stupid choice for a de facto state ID instead of being merely permission to operate a motor vehicle.

Indeed. A national ID card with a driving endorsement would be far superior, and is the direction we’re headed. Your driver’s license is already a national ID technically with REAL ID requirements, and if you’re a truck driver with a hazmat endorsement, you’re going through DHS anyway.

Sidenote: Love the username reference.

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