I have a Little concern related to original identification papers. I am married to an EU national and we are already living together in the UK. In order to have my residence card, I need to apply for a "registration certificate or residence card as the family member of a European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national" We filled out the application form and now we just have to send it with our passports, my husband's and mine, to the address indicated in the application form: Home Office – EEA applications PO Box 590 Durham, DH99 1AD Although we know this is a government address, I feel worry about putting our passports in an envelop without knowing when will they be back or whether they will get to the right address safely. Our Passport and national IDs are the most important pieces of identification we have. This is the reason why we are concerned about sending them away from us. According to the application form, it is a requirement to send my passport and my sponsor's. Can you make me feel better about this please? Is it really safe to send such important documents away from the owner? How long will they take to come back to us ?
This is certainly a legitimate concern. However, the Royal Mail service can be trusted to deliver your papers reliably. For additional assurance, you can send your envelope/package using the "Royal Mail Signed For" service, which provides you confirmation of delivery.
I have sent my passport by mail several times for renewals etc, and have never had a problem. I always choose to use a tracked courier service similar to "Signed For" (I'm not in the UK).
There is essentially no way to avoid sending your IDs in the post. You can use signed for service so it is better tracked, but there is no way to guarantee that it will not get lost. The important thing to realize, at least in my mind, is that while your passport and national ID card might be " are the most important pieces of identification we have", they can be replaced. Every country has a different process for replacing a lost or stolen passport. As an expat, you should be aware of these requirements and make sure you have additional forms of documentation (e.g., birth certificate and driver's license are two common forms of ID) and scanned copies of the documents you are sending. Having all the needed documentation in advance will make replacing your passport much less difficult if it does get lost.