It's exceptionally bad here, to be sure.
I live in Texas. I've never been comfortable driving, and wouldn't trust myself behind the wheel - thankfully, I never have the need to, thanks to friends and family, etc. But I have a drivers license! Who doesn't? It's assumed that you'll have a license and a license#.
When I was 16, I got a license just to have it. I'd need it for purposes of a 'de-facto national id card' anyway. In Texas, there's this interesting 'parent taught' program by which a teen can learn to drive with his or her parents, instead of taking drivers ed in school or some other approved program. Completion of the program required some number of behind the wheel hours and a number of hours of classroom "green means go" hours. Under this program, I got a learners permit in under a week (for the classroom hours theoretically completed) and a license in something like 6 months. It was purely on the honor system. Even better, when graduating to a 'real' license, I didn't even need to take a driving test. There was a checkbox for the parent to waive the test. That's good, because I couldn't have passed one. I certainly couldn't now.
Had I waited a few years, I probably would have never obtained a license. The driving test would be mandatory at 18. Ah, rules.
There's actually a nearly identical 'id card' you can get, with identical paperwork up front, just no driving test. But why? I could just get a drivers license at minor inconvenience. Just in case, or something.
So here I am today, licensed to drive. Every year my insurance rates (were I to ever need to purchase it) tick down - older and wiser apparently, despite never driving. Licenses here just double as a small tax and a national ID. No wonder so few can actually drive.