The Montana governor recently spoke with NPR regarding the Real ID program, and its insanity. He puts it quite well:
Frankly, the Real ID is a terrible idea. As outlined in the above linked audio segment, there isn't a significant security benefit. In fact, it fails totally on the security front. And there is a big risk for identity theft. And it has been well documented that the costs will be in the billions. For those wanting a full understanding of the act, the full text is available."We're putting up with the federal government on so many fronts, and nearly every month they come out with another hare-brained scheme ... to tell us that our life is going to be better if we just buckle under on some other kind of rule or regulation. And we usually just play along for a while. We ignore 'em for as long as we can. We try not to bring it to a head but if it comes to a head we found that it's best to tell 'em to go to Hell and run the state you wanna run your state. Unfortunately this time around they've really got a hare-brained scheme... almost all those hijackers on 9/11 would have qualified for a Real ID."