Permits are needed in order to be able to travel to certain star systems within Elite Dangerous. Only commanders who possess the appropriate permit may enter a system that is permit-locked. Fleet Carriers are barred from traveling to any permit-locked system, regardless of whether their owners have the permit. Possession of a permit may be granted on a permanent or temporary basis.

The Pilots Federation holds the authority to place permit restrictions on systems, and will seal off systems at the request of a faction, or in response to the presence of significant hazards or threats. Generally, it is up to the permit-holder for a restricted system to decide whether or not to distribute permits, and acquiring a permit requires meeting specific critera set by the permit-holder. Many permit-locked systems do not allow their permits to be distributed. Permit-locked systems may offer exclusive commodities, ship and module discounts, or simply access to unique locations.

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