BOISE, Idaho (KLIX) Idaho officials say the federal government has given the state an extension for the REAL ID.

The Idaho Transportation Department says the extension from the U.S. Deparment of Homeland Security will allow Idahoan's to continue to use their identification cards at federal facilities and military bases.

Idaho will implement the REAL ID at the beginning of 2018 after the legislature eventually voted in favor of it. ITD says that airline travel is covered under another provision the guarantees the current Idaho driver's license will allow travelers to board aircraft.

“Our primary goal in asking for the extension was to minimize any inconvenience to our customers who need access to federal facilities and military bases as part of their daily lives. This extension covers that and allows us to work on meeting the requirements to issue REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards – something we are very close to achieving,” said Division of Motor Vehicles Administrator, Alan Frew.

Idaho has gotten three extensions since the REAL ID was implemented in 2005.

According to ITD, Idaho residents are not required to get a REAL ID. REAL ID requirements also do not apply to:
•    Federal facilities that do not require identification
•    Voting or voter registration
•    Federal benefits
•    Being licensed to drive
•    Health services
•    Law enforcement activities or proceedings
•    Constitutionally protected activities