If you’ve been on the internet at all in the past few years, you’ve no doubt seen something on the Real ID Act—in between all those Game of Thrones spoilers and travel inspiration for 2018, that is. Still, it can be hard to keep it all straight. Making things even more confusing? Recently, that looming January 22 deadline—the cutoff date for when U.S. airports will start refusing to accept licenses from certain states—was quietly changed for some.

A spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confirms that license holders in all states that have been granted extensions will now able to use their licenses through October 11, 2018, instead of January 22. (The Department of Homeland Security [DHS] site currently still shows January 22 as the deadline, but a TSA spokesperson says this information—along with signage at airports across the country bearing that same date—is in the process of being updated.) States with extensions include: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and South CarolinaPuerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have also been granted extensions through October 11, 2018.

Courtesy DHS

Starting October 1, 2020, every domestic air traveler will need a Real ID-compliant license.

As of today, the spokesperson told us, the states under review—Louisiana, Michigan, and New York—won’t be able to use their licenses after January 22, 2018, although the DHS, which manages the TSA, may grant extensions before then. American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands are also still under review. Starting October 1, 2020, every domestic air traveler will require a Real ID-compliant license, or another acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel.

In 2005, following the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, Congress passed the Real ID Act with the goal of making fake IDs harder to get. U.S. states and territories were supposed to enforce stricter requirements when issuing IDs, like demanding more proof of identity. But several states were slow to comply because of privacy concerns, inconvenience, and cost, and these are the states and territories that need to introduce changes in order for their licenses to be acceptable at airports and federal facilities. Under current guidelines, all state-issued licenses and identification cards are accepted at airport checkpoints. Still nervous about whether or not your license will be accepted? Hey, you can always bring a passport.

by Katherine LaGrave