Reside means to hold an office. Residence is the corporation location. Resident is short for resident agent.

Let’s take a closer look at the words reside, residence, and resident, which is short for ‘resident agent’. The words are related to work, not to living within a home.

Reside means to hold an office

to be in residence as the incumbent of a benefice or office (source)

Office means a special duty or charge:

a special duty, charge, or position conferred by an exercise of governmental authority and for a public purpose : a position of authority to exercise a public function and to receive whatever emoluments may belong to it (source)

Benefice is related to an ecclesiastical office to which the revenue from an endowment is attached

Residence is related to, amongst other things, the discharge of a duty or the location of a corporation.

the act or fact of living or regularly staying at or in some place for the discharge of a duty or the enjoyment of a benefit

the place where a corporation is actually or officially established (source)

Resident, the noun, means a diplomatic agent residing:

a diplomatic agent residing at a foreign court or seat of government
especially : one exercising authority in a protected state as representative of the protecting power (source)

Resident, the adjective, means serving in a full-time capacity.

Then let’s look at the STATE OF VIRGINIA code which defines resident and reveals that resident is short for ‘resident agent’:

“Resident” means (i) an individual residing in Virginia; (ii) an individual residing outside of Virginia whose principal place of business is in Virginia, who is able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Commission that the laws of his home state prevent him from obtaining a resident agent license in that state, and who affirmatively chooses to qualify as and be treated as a resident of Virginia for purposes of licensing and continuing education, both in Virginia and in the state in which the individual resides, if applicable; (iii) a partnership duly formed and recorded in Virginia; (iv) a corporation incorporated and existing under the laws of Virginia; (v) a limited liability company organized and existing under the laws of Virginia; or (vi) a foreign business entity that is not licensed as a resident agent in any other jurisdiction, and that demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Commission that its principal place of business is within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In the above, the phrase ‘resident’ and ‘resident agent’ are used interchangeably.

Let the record show:

  1. i am domiciled within my state
  2. I’m not a resident agent
  3. I live in a home, not a residence. I don’t work for them.

By the way, it’s possible that the Department of Motor Vehicles will only deal with resident (agents). Meaning a state national domiciled within the real state is not even eligible.

Also note that FBI has satellite offices called ‘resident agencies‘, either for the resident agents that are out in the open or the office is to watch and protect their resident agents.

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