It is sometimes desirable to dock at a station or at a ship.  Possible docking locations are station docks and landing pads on Large (L) or Very Large (XL) ships.  Note that docking is a privilege, and permission to dock can be denied outright.

To initiate docking:

1) Locate and select a dock at your destination (these are marked by icons on top of the docks themselves),
2) Interact with the dock (see section on Interaction),
3) If allowed to dock, select Dock.

If docking permission is denied, the option to Dock will be greyed out.

It is possible to skip steps 2 and 3 by simply selecting the dock and hitting the Dock hotkey.

Default Controls - Dock:

Keyboard: Shift-D
Other Controllers: via Quick Menu