Window Tinting Laws in USA

Window tinting laws in the United States vary by state, and it’s important to be aware of the specific regulations in your jurisdiction. Here is a general overview of window tinting laws in the USA:

  1. Visible Light Transmission (VLT): Window tint darkness is measured by the percentage of visible light transmission (VLT) allowed through the window film. The lower the VLT percentage, the darker the tint.
  2. Front Windshield: Most states have restrictions on tinting the front windshield. Typically, a strip along the top of the windshield, known as the “eyebrow” or “sun visor,” is allowed with a specific VLT limit, usually around 4 to 6 inches.
  3. Front Side Windows: The allowable tint darkness for front side windows varies across states. It is usually higher than that of the front windshield. Common limits range from 35% to 70% VLT.
  4. Rear Side Windows and Rear Windshield: The regulations for tint darkness on rear side windows and the rear windshield tend to be less restrictive compared to front windows. Many states allow darker tints, such as 20% or even 5% VLT.
  5. Medical Exemptions: Some states provide medical exemptions that allow individuals with certain medical conditions to have darker window tints. These exemptions usually require a written certification from a medical professional.

It’s important to note that the above information is a general overview, and the specific regulations may differ in each state. Additionally, local jurisdictions within a state may have their own additional restrictions or exemptions. Visit the STATES section in this site to read your state regulation.


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