TravelPlex wanted to update you on the Real ID Act status and let you know that earlier today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted Missouri a grace period for compliance through August 19, 2019. The old extension was to end next week.

"During this grace period, federal agencies will accept Missouri-issued driver licenses and ID cards for official purposes, including domestic air travel," Missouri Department of Revenue Director Joel Walters said.

At issue is a federal law with tougher proof-of-identity requirements needed at airports, some federal facilities and military bases.

Missouri Department of Revenue officials expect the state to be compliant with the Real ID Act sometime in 2019. The August extension allows the state ample time to fund and coordinate the process.

Click here to visit Homeland Security's 'REAL ID' page which includes a status update for each state