Starfield players often find themselves walking the fine line between right and wrong. While thievery might be a tempting shortcut to riches, it comes with its own set of challenges, notably the dreaded “stolen” tag on pilfered items. But fear not, for there’s a way to cleanse your ill-gotten gains. Here’s how:


In Starfield, any item you pilfer is immediately branded with a red “stolen” tag. This isn’t just a mere label; it’s a ticking time bomb. If you’re ever arrested, whether for the act of stealing or any other crime, all items with this tag will be confiscated. To ensure your precious loot remains in your possession, you’ll need to remove this tag.

The Trade Authority: Your Go-To Laundering Service

The Trade Authority vendors, found in major cities like Neon, New Atlantis, and Cydonia, offer a unique service that can help you legitimize your stolen items. Here’s a step-by-step process:

  1. Locate a Trade Authority Vendor: These vendors are easily found in major cities. The Den in the Wolf system is particularly recommended for a hassle-free experience.
  2. Sell the Stolen Item: Navigate to the ‘Sell’ menu and part with your stolen item. It might seem like you’re losing your loot, but there’s a method to the madness.
  3. Buy Back Your Item: Switch to the ‘Buy’ menu, scroll down to the ‘Buy Back’ section, and repurchase your recently sold item. It will now be devoid of the stolen tag and available for the exact price you sold it for.

Additional Tips For Laundering Goods

  • Cost Efficiency: This laundering process is cost-neutral. You’ll repurchase the item for the exact price you sold it for, ensuring you don’t lose a single credit.
  • Contraband Caution: While this method works wonders for stolen goods, it’s ineffective for contraband items. These items are always considered contraband, and you’ll need a different strategy for them.
  • Infamy of Trade Authority: Some in-game dialogues hint at the Trade Authority’s reputation for allegedly trading in stolen goods. While not proven in the game’s universe, the mechanics certainly suggest it. Using the Trade Authority kiosks near major spaceports allows you to sell and then repurchase your stolen items, effectively laundering them.
  • Risks of Contraband: Being flagged for contraband by Starfield’s governments means risking the confiscation of all your stolen items. Using the Trade Authority kiosks is a fool-proof way to eliminate this risk.