Real ID is a system being proposed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which they say will keep us safe, but which many of us think is a crude attempt to create big brother or something akin to The Beast (he of the Book of Revelations).
The proposed regulations state the card will be required for various activities such as entry into federal buildings, opening a bank account, or flying on airplanes.
The regulations were originally mandated, by Congress, to be in place by May 11, 2008. The DHS has slipped that requirement to 2009.
Some states have already declared they will not implement these requirements, or are considering joining with the rebellion against these requirements.
Privacy advocates who have studied this issue say such requirements actually decrease personal security, rather than increase it.