An Interstellar Factor is a station service that allows pilots with zero Notoriety to pay off or clear any outstanding fines and bounties attached to their ship regardless of where the fine or bounty was acquired. Additionally, Interstellar Factors allow pilots to claim bounty vouchers and combat bonds in much the same way. Both of these suffer from a fixed increase (for fines and bounties) or decrease (for claiming bounty vouchers and combat bonds) of about 25% in price, making it less profitable to earn money from bounty hunting or mercenary work in a system other than where the work was done, and more expensive to pay off fines in a system other than where the fine was acquired. The advantage of Interstellar Factors lies in their convenience as a hub to claim or pay off large quantities of fines, bounties, and combat bonds from multiple different systems at once.
Note that clearing bounties and fines will not clear them from all owned ships that have outstanding fines or bounties, only the ship that is currently in use. Bounties and fines force pilots to access station services through a restricted "Anonymous Mode", which blocks all station services excluding Interstellar Factors, security contacts, the Black Market, and in-progress missions.
Interstellar Factor contacts are generally found in systems with low security. To identify systems with Interstellar Factors, open the Galaxy Map and set it to map mode. Then, select "Services" from the drop-down menu and check "Interstellar Factors". Systems with stations that have an Interstellar Factor contact will show up as a green dot.
External tools such as EDSM's station search feature can also be used to find stations with Interstellar factors by selecting Interstellar Factors Contact under the "Facilities" filter.
- Before Interstellar Factors were implemented, Frontier Developments originally referred to them "SIN Brokers".