My wife accidentally took my Canadian passport to South Korea and she needs to mail it back. Is it legal to mail passports overseas to my home address (from South Korea to Canada)?

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    I don't see why mailing passports would ever be illegal; it's just like any other piece of document. As long as you're fine with mailing it, I don't think anyone would ever object. – xuq01 Apr 22 '17 at 8:23
  • Not even sending cash is illegal. So yeah, why would passports be? – chx Apr 22 '17 at 13:10
  • @chx DHL/FedEx/UPS won't ship passports internationally between certain countries. Although you can get around their policies by sticking the passport in a thick magazine or a pile of papers. – JonathanReez Apr 22 '17 at 14:54
  • @JonathanReez Do you have a source? That sounds very interesting. – chx Apr 22 '17 at 14:59
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    @chx I know from first hand experience that Russia doesn't allow identification documents to be shipped. Other countries might have similar rules. – JonathanReez Apr 22 '17 at 15:01

Called the Canadian passport services and confirmed mailed passports are illegal. The person said passports had been confiscated at the borders before.

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    Presumably, this is specific to Canadian passports. The procedure for renewing a UK passport while living in Canada would not work if they confiscated UK passports at the borders. – Patricia Shanahan Apr 22 '17 at 23:57
  • Yes, but in my situation the destination would be to my home address, and not a designated government office. If the mailed passport had a legitimate reason I don't think it would get confiscated. – Kevin Apr 23 '17 at 2:24
  • Seems odd since Canadian passports can be delivered by post. Maybe internationally is the issue – Spehro Pefhany Apr 23 '17 at 13:38

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