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The question was "what purpose do the extra Real ID requirements serve other than to hassle ordinary folk?"

One purpose could be to get as many people as possible verified and recorded in a government database.
When the time comes that we address the issue of a national ID, it will be easy to assign an ID to individuals in whatever format is ultimately decided.

I doubt if the current regime is that forward-looking, but I don't think the program started with them.

A National ID can be used by a government for many things - some good, some bad. Sooner or later, we'll have one.

The maximum available number of Social Security number is 999,999,999, so we still have 650 million or so available numbers. According to the social security administration, at the current rate of issuance (5.5 million per year) we won't run out for another 73 years.

So that's not a driving force behind a National ID system, but sooner or later we will have one.
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