Shreveport, La — Louisiana travelers can breathe a sigh of relief. The deadline for the Real ID Act has been extended until Fall 2013, which means the state has almost a whole year to comply with the security regulations required by the Federal Government to fly and enter federal buildings.
If this extension hadn't been granted, come January 15, a Louisiana State ID or Driver's License wouldn't have been able to get people in to places like the courthouse downtown or airports. For most people, that would have meant getting a passport.
The Department of Public Safety is hoping that by the time fall rolls around again, the security issues will no longer be a factor as they are already at work, trying to make Louisiana licenses more secure.