I’ve been warning for years, as have others more knowledgeable about the subject than myself, that REAL ID is not dead. Quite the contrary, the problem is much worse than people realize.
All that 10th amendment saber rattling about REAL ID has shown what cheap prostitutes State legislators are. Give them some federal reserve notes and the States will implement what the feds want.
Society existed long before photo and biometric ID, but freedom has now been flushed down the toilet for a little false security. Swimming in the public sewers of the police state will not be much fun.