Travelers will continue to be able to use their Louisiana driver’s licenses to board airplanes because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security postponed the deadline for complying with the federal Real ID Act of 2005, State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said late Thursday.

Had Homeland Security not agreed to defer its Jan. 15 deadline, Louisiana residents would have been required to use passports as identification for traveling and entering federal facilities because the state had not brought its driver’s licenses into compliance with the federal law.

“I was told the deadline extension was for at least six months,” Edmonson said. The state should meet 38 of the 39 security-related criteria by October.