Window Tinting Laws

Window tinting laws vary from state to state. You can find the window tinting laws for your state by getting a copy of the State window tinting laws in your area. An explanation of the window tinting laws document is listed below.

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When tinting windows always make sure to follow the window tinting laws for your state. Never assume that the window tinting laws are the same for different states. It is important to ensure for your window tinting business and for the safety of your customers that you always stick to the window tinting laws for your state even if the customer wants darker window tint for their automobile.

You want to be careful in following the state window tinting laws for your area. Heavy fines can be issued for cars that have too dark of a tint on them. As a window tinter you can even use these laws to help get you business removing window tint from automobiles that have illegal tinting on them.

If you are looking for more tips on window tinting check out the Automotive Window Tinting Money Manual and get more window tinting training tips.


Explanation of the State Window Tinting Law Summary Chart

This summary chart of state aftermarket tint law information is not a legal document. It is the result of independent research, using several sources of public state documents. Window tinting laws vary from state to state and province to province. Before applying any window tinting materials, installers should thoroughly review the appropriate state regulations as well as local enforcement policies to insure compliance with all applicable standards.


Film-------VLT% refers to the film itself

Net--------VLT% refers to the combined film & glass

Vague-----The language of the law is unclear, legislative intent is unclear, or interpretation is uncertain.

Windshield: Presumably, NR tinting is permitted above the AS-1 line. If the law specifies only the AS-1 line, AS-1 appears. If AS-1 or specified inches appears, the AS-1 is assumed and only the number of inches down appears.(Note: NR is used in lieu of “No, Any, or a specific percentage” when the law permits unspecified “nonobstructive” or “Transparent” tinting materials. In these cases, the legality of tinting inevitably depends upon each officer’s discretion.

Front Sides: No film, or the actual percentage of VLT permitted. (Note: Because they may vary from state to state, manufacturer’s tolerances (i.e. + / - 3% VLT) are not listed on this chart, not are they included in these VLT numbers.)

MPV: Multi Purpose Vehicle, a vehicle used for passengers on a truck chassis, such as a limo.

Back Sides: No film, or the actual percentage of VLT permitted.

Rear: No film, or the actual percentage of VLT permitted.
% of Reflectivity:

NR--------No metallic or mirrored appearance
NE---------Not excessive (not specific)
MNIR-----Must not increase reflectivity
MBNR----Must be non-reflective (not specific)
NMMA----No metallic or mirrored appearance
NONE-----No reference to reflectivity in the current law
Restricted Colors: R (Red), A (Amber), Y (Yellow), B (Blue)
Mirrors (Left & Right required outside): YES or NO. (Note: Usually, a (YES means that dual outside mirrors are required if the back window is to be tinted.)

Certification Required: YES or NO. (Note: This refers to a requirement for manufacturers to certify the films they plan to sell before shipping them into the state.)

Stckr/Loc (Sticker Location): NO (No sticker is required)

RECOMMEND (Sticker is recommended; can assist officers in identifying legal tint more easily.)

Specific Locations: The State requires unique language & design, which may entail precise wording and sizing.

DRIVER: The sticker is required between the film & glass on the driver’s side window.

DOOR: The sticker is required on the inside of the driver’s side doorjamb.

ALL: The sticker should be put between the film & glass on each tinted window.

Medical Exemption: YES or NO. (Note: For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult the law.)


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