Updated State Department requirements for U.S. Passport renewals for U.S. merchant mariners
The State Department has issued the following information for U.S. merchant mariners seeking to renew a U.S. Passport. PLEASE NOTE: The address to which mariners will need to send applications is in Virginia, as documented below, and is different than in prior postings. The fee for renewal has also increased, as documented below. A PDF version of this bulletin from the State Department is available on the AMO Currents website.
Members and applicants of American Maritime Officers who will need to renew a U.S. Passport under the State Department procedure (if their current U.S. Passport will expire within the next seven months) can contact AMO Member Services by email to obtain a letter from American Maritime Officers, which will be needed as part of the U.S. Passport application. PLEASE NOTE: email is not a secure form of communication and Social Security Numbers and other personal identifying information should NOT be transmitted by email to Member Services. AMO Members and applicants will be provided with the means to transmit this information in a secure manner after contacting Member Services: .
Updated Notice to Mariners with International Voyages - Effective February 18, 2022
To better serve mariners during this time we are updating our temporary provisions for passport renewals. These provisions are subject to change once operations are on a more normal footing.
1. Applicants must submit the following:
2. The supervisor letter should include the following details:
3. Applications must be sent by traceable overnight delivery service to:
El Paso Passport Agency (PPT/EP)
Completed passports will be mailed using a 1-2 day delivery service. PLEASE BE SURE THE APPLICATION INCLUDES A PHYSICAL U.S. 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 https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/have-passport/second-passport-book.html.
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:
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 https://travel.state.gov. To apply at a passport acceptance facility, applicants need:
To locate the nearest passport acceptance facility, see https://iafdb.travel.state.gov. Please note that many passport acceptance facilities require customers to schedule an appointment ahead of their visit.
We thank you for your continued understanding and patience during these unprecedented times.