The TSA has granted an extension to states that aren't compliant with the Real ID Act, giving travelers from those states until Oct. 11, 2018, to use their driver's license as identification at the airport.

If their states aren't compliant by Oct. 11, residents will have to present alternative identification at the airport, such as a passport or military ID. The previous deadline for Real ID compliance was Jan. 22, 2018.

If travelers live in a Real ID compliant state but hold a noncompliant license, they will be able to use the noncompliant license as ID until Oct. 1, 2020.

The Real ID Act of 2005 established minimum security-related requirements for state-issued driver's licenses. Among other provisions, the law establishes what data states must require before issuing a license and what data they must subsequently store electronically. It also lays out what technology must be encoded in the IDs and what data must be printed on the IDs.

Thus far, 27 states have complied with the law while 23 states have either gotten extensions or have extension requests that are formally under review, according to the Department of Homeland Security website.

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