Well, just received my Va Driver License renewal notification with the “Real ID” option. What fun, what fun.
To “upgrade” to a Real ID license, I need to renew in person, show a US Passport (or other federally approved ID), or a Social Security Card (which says right on the back, “Not a Valid ID”), and a birth certificate (if it had a picture it would be worthless and I don’t remember signing it) or voter registration card (I remind you that in 2012 Mickey Mouse was a registered Va voter in Richmond), plus two forms of proof of address, e.g. a utility bill or a mortgage statement.
Is that what it has come to? In the days of automatic bill pay and online everything, the proof that I have a street address depends on copies of bills?
Wait, wait! How about the renewal application that the DMV just mailed to me? Isn’t the fact that I am holding in my hand something mailed by the DMV to me at my current license address good enough to prove to the DMV that they have my address? Sheesh.
BTW, if you think Americans are “free”, just try to leave.