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Car Window Tinting Laws: What You Need to Know

Car window tinting laws were passed with safety in mind, whether ensuring visibility for drivers on the road or police officers approaching pulled over vehicles. But each state’s law varies and this causes confusion on what is actually illegal. Moreover, the language in these laws can be quite technical. So to enjoy all of the benefits of car window film, you’ll first want to make sure you understand and follow the law in your state.

Don’t Be Left in the Dark

Don’t Be Left in the DarkFirst you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the terminology used. In a nutshell, each law basically sets requirements for how much light can be transmitted through the window (“light transmittance”) and for how much visibility the glass allows (“luminous reflectance”). The requirements are usually higher for the front windshield than the side and back windows. The International Window Film Association has put together this chart that outlines the details of the law for each state. However, you’ll also need this Explanation of the State Law Summary Chart that includes the definitions of the different terms used.

Seeing Is Believing

Seeing Is BelievingWith today’s technology, it’s easy to find a car window film that rejects heat without hindering visibility, and thereby meets legal requirements. The Wincos film line is one option that uses the latest scientific research and technology to maximize performance. It boasts the highest infrared rejection in the industry – up to 92 percent – while keeping the highest possible visible light. Learn more about the benefits of Wincos and see for yourself how light the Wincos films are with this Tint Simulator (Choose Wincos in the product box, then choose a shade – 70 is the lightest).

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Comments - 26 Responses to “Car Window Tinting Laws: What You Need to Know”

  1. I have wanted to get my windows tinted for a very long time now. I must admit that a part of the reason that i haven’t done it already is because it is confusing. I don’t want to get pulled over on the count of them being too dark. Thank you for sharing the article and the link to the chart.

  2. It’s nice to know that, “Car window tinting laws were passed with safety in mind…” My friend is thinking of tinting his car windows. He’s thinking of simply going with the darkest legal tint available. It’s nice to know that even thought it’s the darkest available, it’ll still be safe to use. Thanks for the info!

  3. Tinting laws were passed with safety in mind but each state has their own theory of how dark is too dark so at the end of the day it’s just a lot of opinions. An adult will be able to make their own decision when it comes to darkness and what would be safe for themselves. Doing some research should help you make the right choice. There’s no need to overthink things.

    • Doing your research before and knowing your state’s tint laws are key to the right window film tint. Thanks for reading!

  4. I’m actually kind of glad that there are window tinting laws. Safety while driving should always come first. However, I do think it is a good idea to tint windows. It helps a little when driving on a bright day, and it can help protect the interior of your car from fading.

  5. This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that there is window film that rejects heat without reducing visibility. I thought that window tinting had to be dark to be effective at blocking heat! Knowing that you can keep visible light while blocking heat, I’ll definitely look into having my vehicle’s tinting updated. Thanks for the great post!

  6. Thank you for the help. I am hoping to get my windows tinted before this winter, but I am not sure of the process entirely. I love the idea of a tint that focuses on blocking heat, but not vision. Is it as effective at keeping the heat manageable?

  7. This is some really good information about window tinting. I liked your tip about knowing the terms when it comes to tinting. That way, you can be aware of all the laws and thing to know about when it comes to this.

  8. My son really wants to get some tinting work done on his car’s windows, because he thinks that it is cool. I really appreciate you providing a link to the chart that can tell me what the law is for my state so that I know how dark the car can be tinted. However, what happens when we take the car out of state and the tinting is too dark for that other state’s requirements?

  9. In Colorado the law is 27% of light is allowed all around the car except the front windshield. 70% of light is allowed for a 4 inch visor strip on the front wind shield.

  10. It’s good that they are finding more and more ways of lowering the heat from the sun that filters through car windows without reducing visibility. I like the darker windows look, but it is also nice to actually see while driving. You don’t want to have a hard time seeing and get in a crash as a result.

  11. It makes sense that they would make laws in regard to window tinting. After all, it would be pretty distracting if your windows were too dark! I’ll make sure my windows are tinted just dark enough to be better for my skin and the temperature, but not dark enough to be dangerous. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I didn’t realize there were laws surrounding window tinting in cars. I have wanted to have my windows tinted, I think it looks great. I do understand the safety behind the laws though. If I were an officer, I would be skeptical approaching a vehicle without knowing or being able to see inside.

  13. I had no idea that there were laws surrounding how dark the window tinting could be. It’s better to know the laws and get a window tint that’s legal than to pay extra fees in tickets. The shop where you plan to get your windows tinted should know the local laws and help you decide what’s best for you.

  14. I think that tinted windows on cars to make them look really cool. Also, they make the car cooler on the inside because they block the suns hot rays. I did not know that there were state laws about how dark your window tinting could be, I will have to check that before AI get my windows tinted.

  15. Thank you for the help. I am hoping to have car window tinting done sometime soon. I had not thought about how the tinting is energy efficient as well. Would nice window tinting preserve the interior of my car better?

  16. Just like others, I was also not aware of the state law regarding window tinting. Thanks for spreading the awareness of this law on the internet. I will get my car window tinting again and promise to follow the rules.

  17. Thanks for bringing to my attention that laws usually require lighter tinting on the windshield. I just bought a car, and I’ve decided that it would be nice to tint the windows to keep the car cooler and to provide some privacy. I’ll keep in mind that the windshield can’t be as dark, and I’ll make sure to check my local regulations to make sure I follow them.

  18. Window tinting enhances safety and comfort along with protecting the interiors of the vehicle and people who occupy them. Thanks for sharing car window tinting laws. Really helpful. Regards

  19. I want to have my car windows tinted, but I don’t know what I need to consider. I didn’t know that there were laws with it! It makes sense that I wouldn’t want to have it too tinted. I’ll be sure that any tinting I have done is within the legal limits.

  20. I like your idea to pay attention to the light transmittance and luminous reflectance laws in your state. I just purchased a new Dodge Challenger. It would look really neat with tinted windows, so I’ll look up the laws for my state.

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