Window Tint Laws for Vehicles in all 50 U.S. States

//Window Tint Laws for Vehicles in all 50 U.S. States

Window Tint Laws for Vehicles in all 50 U.S. States

Unlike a lot of other laws, there is no Federal law regarding window tinting for vehicles. Instead, the laws are handled at a state level. This means that the laws can vary wildly from state to state. To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of all the laws in all of the states.

Before we get into the laws, you’ll need to know a few key terms.

What is VLT?

Window tint is rated in “Visible Light Transmittance.” This asks what percent of light can pass through the tinted window. The lower the percentage, the less light passes through; the darker the tint. For example, 35% VLT means that only 35% of light can get through the window, making this a darker tint.

What is the AS1 Line?

If you look at your windshield, you’ll notice an area of darker color (or possibly a pattern) at the top. Where this line ends and the glass becomes plain is called the AS1 line. If you happen to not have any form of AS1 line, drop your sun visor down. You can safely assume that the bottom of your visor marks your car’s AS1 line.

Can I Tint Below the AS1 Line?

Most states don’t allow for any form of tint on your windshield below your AS1 line, but there are a few states that do. Most states allow you to tint above the AS1 line. Some states ignore the AS1 line in favor of a fixed measurement (4 to 6 inches usually) of tinting from the top of the windshield. Check below to see where your state falls.

Are There Different Laws for Front and Rear Windows?

If your car has four (or more) doors, pay attention to this. Most states have different regulations for how dark the front windows can be versus the rear windows. Usually, the rear can be darker than the front.

Tinting Law by State

STATE FRONT WINDOWS REAR WINDOWS BACK

WINDOWS

WINDSHIELD
Alabama 32% 32% 32% 6”
Alaska 70% 40% 40% 5”
Arizona 33% No Law No Law AS1
Arkansas 25% 25% 10% 5”
California 70% No Law No Law 4”
Colorado 27% 27% 27% 4”
Connecticut 35% 35% No Law AS1
Delaware 70% No Law No Law AS1
Florida 28% 15% 15% AS1
Georgia 32% 32% 32% 6”
Hawaii 35% 35% 35% 70%
Idaho 35% 20% 35% AS1
Illinois 35% 35% 35% 6”
Indiana 35% 20% 35% AS1
Iowa 70% No Law No Law AS1
Kansas 35% 35% 35% AS1
Kentucky 35% 18% 18% AS1
Louisiana 40% 25% 12% AS1
Maine 35% No Law No Law 4”
Maryland 35% 35% 35% 5”
Massachusetts 35% 35% 35% 6”
Michigan 4”(✝ see below) No Law No Law 4”
Minnesota 50% 50% 50% Illegal
Mississippi 28% 28% 28% AS1
Missouri 35% No Law No Law AS1
Montana 24% 14% 14% AS1
Nebraska 35% 20% 20% 5” or AS1*
Nevada 35% No Law No Law AS1
New Hampshire   Illegal 35% 35% 6”
New Jersey Illegal No Law No Law Illegal
New Mexico 20% 20% 20% 5” or AS1*
New York 70% 70% No Law 6”
North Carolina 50% No Law No Law AS1
North Dakota 50% No Law No Law 70%
Ohio 50% No Law No Law 70%
Oklahoma 25% 25% 25% 5” or AS1*
Oregon 35% 35% 35% 6”
Pennsylvania 70% 70% 70% Illegal
Rhode Island 70% 70% 70% AS1
South Carolina 27% 27% 27% AS1
South Dakota 35% 20% 20% AS1
Tennessee 35% 35% 35% AS1
Texas 25% 25% No Law 5” or AS1*
Utah 43% No Law No Law AS1
Vermont Illegal No Law No Law AS1
Virginia 50% 35% 35% AS1
Washington 24% 25% 25% 6”
Washington DC 70% 50% 50% AS1
West Virginia 35% 35% 35% 5”
Wisconsin 50% 35% 35% AS1
Wyoming 28% 28% 28% 5” or AS1*

✝ Michigan has no restriction on VLT, but only allows 4” of tint from the top of the windshield on the front windows of your car.

* Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming and DC allow you to tint down to 5” OR the AS1 line whichever comes first.

By | 2018-03-21T19:00:57+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Categories: Legal|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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