(KFVS) - Fliers from Missouri and Illinois will still be able to use their drivers' licenses as an acceptable form of photo ID through 2018.
Late on Friday afternoon, January 8, the Department of Homeland Security said passengers could continue using their current IDs until Jan. 22, 2018. Some would have until Oct. 1, 2020.
After that, passengers without proper driver's licenses would have to use other federally-approved forms of ID such as a passport.
However, starting on January 10 drivers' licenses from Missouri and Illinois will not be considered a valid form of identification at some federal facilities.
On Wednesday, Jan. 7, the Marshal's Office said in a statement that it is not changing "identification and security procedures in response to the Real ID Act" for the federal courthouse in St. Louis.
State officials said they are working on a solution to the problem over state driver's licenses.
Five states, including Missouri and Illinois, have not complied with the Real ID Act and have not been granted an extension.
These states oppose requirements in the law that include storing images of documents that driver's license applicants present as proof of their identity, such as birth certificates.
State officials say that information could be breached and could be used to track law-abiding U.S. citizens.
They also oppose the U.S. government unilaterally setting standards in a an area traditionally handled by the states.
Kentucky was granted an extension until October 2016.
A statement issued in October 2015 from the Kentucky Department of Transportation announced the extension.
In the statement, KYTC said an extension was needed due to the fact that drivers' licenses are issued by the state's county clerks' offices instead of a centralized Department of Motor Vehicles is an issue. They said as a result, the state has to work to bring each clerks' office in-line with the security standards of the Real ID Act.
The Real ID Act was approved by Congress in 2005. It set minimum standards for licenses in response to security concerns following 9/11.
Enforcement of those requirements has repeatedly been delayed.
The Department of Homeland Security announced on Dec. 20, 2013 a plan for the Real ID Act that looked to implement new regulations in "a measured, fair, and responsible way."
Amanda DeGroff, a Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, issued the following statement:
Missouri State Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R) released the following statement regarding the drivers' licenses.