I’m a U.S. citizen, but have been living in Panama since 1992. For U.S. federal tax purposes, my official “bona fide” residence is Panama. My visa status in Panama is “International Mission,” which exempts me from certain tax and labor-law provisions. I work for a U.S. agency, but am not paid by the Federal Government.
When I was in the U.S. last month, I went with my mother to see a lawyer to help her out with some issues related to her will. The lawyer asked me if I qualified as a legal resident of any state. I said I didn’t know, and offhand, neither did the lawyer.
The last place I lived in the U.S. was Washington D.C. I rented an apartment there for five years, and had a D.C. driver’s license (which lapsed long ago. The only driver’s license I have now is a Panamanian one). I have continued to vote in U.S. presidential elections by requesting an absentee ballot from D.C., since my registration is automatically preserved because I voted in previous elections.
I’ve been interested in getting a U.S. license again for various reasons. Despite living overseas, is it possible for me to qualify as a resident of a state (or D.C.) for license purposes? Would this make me liable for state taxes?
I would appreciate information on this from people who have knowledge of the applicable laws and regulations.
I have a bank account in New York City, where my paycheck is deposited. The mailing address for one of my