My question involves name change laws in the State of: Arizona.
My son, who is 26 years old now, applied for a passport. He is in Florida, but on paper is an Arizona resident. When he was 2 years old, there was a court order to change the spelling of his first name Zackary to Zachary, drop the middle name and hypenate last name to reflect both parents names dad-mom. Court order said to get new birth certificate to add dad's name. Well mom never bothered since it was never a question going through school, growing up he kept moms last name, dad didnt mind. No biggie. When son got older he wanted to use his dads last name and i told him no problem, it was already done in the courts when he was 2. He also needed to get a new drivers license once he turned 21, and the University wanted his ID to reflect the last name used to register for school dad-mom. While he was in another AZ city, I went to local courthouse and got certified copy of court order. Went to my DMV and asked them to certify documents and communicate with his DMV where he was waiting to get new ID. They did. Even though the court order changed the spelling of his first name, the DMV did not change it in their system, and he got a new drivers license spelled the way he wanted it, even though the court order specified otherwise. So DMV is good, SS card is okay, but his birth certificate was never changed and the court order shows a spelling he doesnt want to keep. Now the passport people are questioning different name on BC and DL. They want copy of court order showing name hypenated; however, his the court order shows a spelling he doesnt want to keep and he wants to keep his middle name, which the court order dropped. My question is, since he is in Florida, but recognized as an Arizona resident, can he fill out the name change request documents for ARizona, sign and have then notarized in florida, mail them to me to file on his behalf in Arizona Court? and hopefully not have to appear. Can I appear on his behalf since I am his mother?