At times, it seemed it would not get this far: the Real ID Act.
States resisted the post-9/11 authentication law, and sought extensions to its deadlines. Citizens raised complaints to lawmakers about the hassle of collecting birth certificates to prove identity, and the prospect of taking time away from work or personal lives to stand in long lines for the new forms of ID. Confusion spread about how people would board airplanes and enter certain buildings, and what forms of ID would suffice. There was also general annoyance about all the monetary costs associated with the effort.