Pennsylvanians would have needed a passport to fly domestically in the new year, but an extension has saved many.

The Real ID Act will establish security standards for the issuing and production of licenses. The Act would prohibit Federal agencies from accepting certain driver’s licenses and identification cards from states without the minimum standards written in the legislation.

The Act covers access to Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding federally regulated commercial aircrafts.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently reviewing several extension requests, the Keystone state accepted Thursday. The DHS will update their website as reviews are complete.

States who did not apply for an extension will have a grace period until January 22, 2018, to meet the Federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Admission, TSA, requirements under the Act.

It has been 12 years since the Real ID Act passed and half of the United States already meet the minimum standards.

The Real ID Act was enacted in 2005 by the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation. The DHS announced on December 20, 2013, a phased enforcement plan for the Act would be implemented in a measured, fair and responsible process.

Bucks County has several locations available to renew or apply for a passport., including the Levittown or Morrisville Post Offices, the Bensalem Library, and the Bucks County Government Services Center.