Mananging a national ID
card and database program in the USA would be a monstorous undertaking. It could conflict with our Constitution as to Federalism (powers and duties of the states vs. the Federal government) as well as serious constitutionally protected personal privacy issues. On the other hand, it would make it easier to id people whom lose their info (as from Hurricane Katrina), keep better track of criminals, reduce ID
theft, but at a high cost of loss of privacy and possible abuse.
The state agencies that handle motor vehicle registration and drivers licensing also issue non-drivers picture id's, to provide id needs like to fly, enter secured building, residency proof, and so on. Because of the obtaining of drivers licenses with fradulent documents and information by the 9/11 hijackers, nationally eventually and already in some states there are strict programs of proof of idenity to obtain a drivers license or non-drivers ID
. This includes requiring original stamped sealed birth certificates, or if a naturaized citizen, your citizenship papers among other documents. This is flawed too as we now see with the evacuees of Hurricane Katrina whom didn't bring those documents with them.
I think only the USA and the UK are among the only countries without a national ID
card scheme. While it should be considered in both countries, (as to the UK, then you wouldn't need a passport to go to other EC
countries!), there are issues as noted above that hold back our politicans from doing so.