Imagine losing your wallet, along with all your identification. Replacing it has always been a pain.
Now, thanks to Real-ID, replacing your driver’s license or state ID card can be literally impossible. That’s because, under the new requirements, you can’t get a replacement state-issued ID card without proof of your social security number— and you can’t get a social security card without a state-issued picture ID.
If you don’t have a birth certificate, things are even worse. Apparently none of the great minds who devised Real-ID made any provision for those who lose ID or don’t have a birth certificate (like some Native Americans or the elderly.)
PS You should not carry your Social Security Card in your wallet. I’m making scans of our drivers licenses, passports, and SSN cards. Perhaps if our ID was lost, such scans might help show who we are – as we travel towards our all-surveillance all-the-time government.