The problem Mike, is that NO ID will cure my ills. All that can cure it is a court order-and currently I am spending way too much money on my lawyer for child support that is owed, to pay the lawyer to go to court to have my name stripped from all court documents. I hope in the next year to be able to do this. It will not be cheap either. Currently my fingerprints and notes on the ID theft are on file with the FBI, the state police and the database here in my county. I have both digital and normal prints on file, along with my photos. I have had to present my ID theft paperwork to different people, even the court when handling my child support cases. I have to show I am NOT a criminal.
Ironically the reason my name is connected to the criminal? When I was young I used to carry my SSN card in my purse. My purse was rifled at a party one time in my senior year in HS. She must have taken down the info-and later when arrested for of all things, being a drunken minor, she gave them my name and SSN# as documentation-but the key was she didn't know where I was born, and gave her birthdate and town of birth. She later had run ins with domestic violence (and how did I find this all out? I was applying for a CPL, and got flagged due to the domestic violence convictions!) During the time I found out and when the detectives got done researching the ID theft I couldn't touch any of our guns, and had to make sure my husband had everything, including ammunition locked up, as I was so paranoid. I go shooting often, and couldn't even go to the range with my husband. Once I was cleared, I could again - but I can tell you this: my paperwork is ALWAYS with me. I'd hate to have a cop get scared if they ran my background since I have a CPL and often carry.
As for the Real ID, I was happy to see that Maine is fighting it! http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070126/pl_nm/usa_idcard_dc_1
Honestly, I finally understand my departed paranoid dad's theories (and yes, he was both a religious zealot and believed that you should never trust the government) When I am out doing the laundry, I often talk to him (his ashes sit next to my mom's ashes there) and I know he'd have loved the whole Real ID crud. He'd be packing up and moving back out MT if he was alive.
I just cannot understand how SO MANY Americans willingly give up their rights without questioning why they need to do it. We need to question why we are being asked to give them up! And to be given real answers.