ALBANY,N.Y. -- New York has received a one-year extension to comply with federal security requirements for driver's licenses, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

The DMV announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had granted the extension, which the state had requested ahead of a 2016 deadline to comply.

The security requirements are part of the federal Real ID law, which was passed in 2005 and established minimum standards for licenses and state-issued identification cards to be able to be used on flights and to enter federal buildings.

Without the extension, New York residents without enhanced driver's licenses would have had to bring secondary identification — such as a birth certificate or passport — to board a plane as soon as January, though the federal government hasn't announced when exactly the restriction will take effect.

Now, the state will have at least until October of next year, though the federal government hasn't yet announced exactly when the flight requirement will take effect.

"This extension guarantees that New Yorkers will be able to use their driver licenses or ID cards as they did before," DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said in a statement. "DMV continues to work with DHS to ensure all New York State licenses and non-driver IDs remain acceptable for REAL ID purposes."

New York is one of four states whose licenses do not meet the federal requirements, and county clerks had raised concern that New York may miss the 2016 deadline.

The state's enhanced driver's license — which are more expensive than regular licenses and can be used to return from Canada or Mexico — already comply with the Read ID Act.