There is now an national identity card. Didn't know that? You do now. No, it is not your social security card. It is your state issued photo ID.
119 STAT. 312 PUBLIC LAW 109–13—MAY 11, 2005
(1) DRIVER’S LICENSE.—The term ‘‘driver’s license’’ means
a motor vehicle operator’s license, as defined in section 30301
of title 49, United States Code.
(2) IDENTIFICATION CARD.—The term ‘‘identification card’’
means a personal identification card, as defined in section
1028(d) of title 18, United States Code, issued by a State.
(3) OFFICIAL PURPOSE.—The term ‘‘official purpose’’ includes
but is not limited to accessing Federal facilities, boarding federally
regulated commercial aircraft, entering nuclear power
plants, and any other purposes that the Secretary shall determine.
(4) SECRETARY.—The term ‘‘Secretary’’ means the Secretary
of Homeland Security.
"...any other purposes..." Hmmmmm. Kinda vague, no?
Full text of the law is here:http://tinyurl.com/9y4gk
The above link will bring up a PDF file. Search it for "Real ID". It will take you to almost the end of the 93 page document. The law is a rider on a defense appropriations bill. There is also stuff in there to beef up US border security.
The article I read about the national ID is here:http://tinyurl.com/aln9j