Effective 25 August 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hamper Passport Services. To better serve mariners during this time we are updating our temporary provisions. These provisions are subject to change once operations are on a more normal footing.

Instructions for Urgent Assistance with Applying for a Passport


Application and Mailing Instructions

1. Applicants must submit the following:

  • DS-82 application completed, signed, and dated;

  • Passport photograph taken within the past six months;

  • Current passport;

  • Copy of Merchant Mariner Credential (MCC), front and back.

  • A check or money order in the amount of $187.56 made payable to U.S. Department of State. This amount includes the passport fee, expedite fee, and 1-2 day delivery fee (for information regarding passport fees, please visit

  • Letter from supervisor on company letterhead or your U.S. mariner’s union.

2. The supervisor letter should include the following details:

  • Applicant’s full name;

  • Printed name and title of applicant’s supervisor or mariners’ union representative;

  • Supervisor’s or union representative’s signature; and

  • Date the letter was issued.

3. Applications must be sent by traceable overnight delivery service to:

El Paso Passport Agency

303 N. Oregon St., Suite 700

El Paso, TX 79901 Attention: Mariner Program

Service Expectations

Completed passports will be mailed using a 1-2 day delivery service. Please be sure the application includes a physical mailing address and not a P.O. Box.

Every effort will be made to process the passport application in about one week of receipt. For instance, applications received on Monday may be completed and sent out by Friday of the same week.

Requesting a Second Passport

Mariners may wish to apply for a second limited validity passport (4 years). Second passports provide greater flexibility, particularly if mariners need to apply for visas when traveling domestically and overseas. For more information, please see:

Below are the two options for applying for a second passport.

Option 1: Requesting a Second Passport when Renewing a Passport

To apply for a second passport, applicants must also include:

  • A second DS-82 application (with photograph) completed, signed, and dated;

  • Signed statement describing the need for a second passport. (This is required in addition to the company letter authorizing use of these special procedures); and

  • Include payment for both applications in a single check totaling $375.12. ($187.56 per application).

Option 2: Requesting a Second Passport without Submitting a Current Valid Passport

If mariners need to use their current (10-year) passport while applying for their second passport, they can apply at a passport acceptance facility using a DS-11 form. They can expect to receive the second passport within the expedited timeframe posted at To apply at a passport acceptance facility, applicants need:

  • Completed (not signed) DS-11 application;

  • Passport photograph;

  • Photocopy of their 10-year passport data page;

  • Signed statement of need for a second passport as outlined on our website;

  • Payment of $187.56 to the U.S. Department of State, which includes $60 for expedite service and the additional $17.56 for 1-2-day return delivery; and

  • Additional payment of $35 to the passport acceptance facility to execute the application.

To locate the nearest passport acceptance facility, see Please note that many passport acceptance facilities require customers to schedule an appointment ahead of their visit.

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Updated: Sep 29, 2021

How Green Energy and Technology can Improve Maritime Operations and Educate the Future Workforce

September 13-15, 2021

Monday September 13 09:00 am ET

Welcome: Jayson Toth, SOCP President

Keynote: Lucinda Lessley, Acting Maritime Administrator, MARAD


Morning Panel | Monday September 13 10:00 to 11:30 am ET

Topic: Workforce Development – Education and Technology Transformation for

Mariner Training and Abilities

Moderator: Dr. Shashi Kumar- MARAD

Panelist: Mike Burns, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Panelist: Captain John Stauffer, Vice Chancellor, San Jacinto College

Panelist: Captain Aaron Singh, NY Harbor School

Panelist: Dave Abrams, Training Resource Maritime Institute


Afternoon Panel | Monday September 13 2:30 to 4:00 pm ET

Topic: Diversity, Social Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives in the Maritime


Moderator: Helen Brohl, U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System

Panelist: Jeremy Hope, Masters, Mates & Pilots

Panelist: Erica D'Eramo, Women Offshore

Panelist: Captain Robert Cook, Organization of Black Maritime Graduates

Panelist: Elizabeth Lee, University of Washington School of Law 1L


Morning Panel | Tuesday September 14 10:00 to 11:30 am ET

Topic: Emerging Technology

Moderator: John Jorgensen, ABS

Panelist: Dr. Gareth Burton, ABS

Panelist: Captain David Moskoff, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Panelist: Captain Michael Campbell, Massachusetts Maritime Academy Training Ship


Panelist: Ziven Drake, NASCTF


Afternoon Panel | Tuesday September 14 2:30 to 4:00 pm ET

Topic: Green Energy – Alternative Fuels, Carbon Reduction, and Recycling

Moderator: Jan Hagen Andersen, DNV

Panelist: Daniel Yuska, MARAD

Panelist: Jeff Andreini, Crowley

Panelist: Lee Kindberg, Maersk

Panelist: Eleanor Kirtley, Green Marine


Wednesday September 15 10:00 to 12:00 pm ET

SOCP Business Meeting

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Wednesday, March 03, 2021 at 2:00-3:30 PM EST

Opening Remarks

  • RDML Richard Timme - Chair, CMTS Coordinating Board; Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, US Coast Guard

  • Ms. Lucinda Lessley - Acting Administrator, Maritime Administration (invited)


  • CDR Alice M. Shumate - US Public Health Service; CDC Vaccine Task Force - Essential Workers Team; Director, Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


  • How currently approved vaccines work

  • Getting vaccinated – process, safety, side effects

  • Protection from vaccine vs. illness

  • Vaccine distribution and administration

  • Vaccine prioritization for merchant mariners and port workers

  • CDC recommendations for the MTS Workforce

~ To Access the Webinar ~

To Join:

Telcon: 404-443-2170; Access Code: 60061206#

Note: Please log-in at the above link 30 minutes in advance to download any plug-ins and test your system’s compatibility with Webex. If you cannot access the computer audio, please call into the conference line. For more information, please contact

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