Windshield Laws in Minnesota

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As a driver, you already know you have to follow a variety of traffic laws on the roadways. In addition to those laws, however, you are also required to make sure that the components on your vehicle are in compliance as well. The following are the windshield laws in Minnesota that all drivers are required to follow.

Windshield requirements

While the Minnesota statutes do not specifically state whether a windshield is required, there are regulations for vehicles that have them.

  • All vehicles with a windshield must also have working windshield wipers that remove rain, snow and other moisture.

  • All windshields must be safety glazing material that is manufactured in such a way as to reduce the chances of shattering or flying glass if it is struck or broken.

  • Any replacement windshield or window glass must meet the safety glass requirements in order to be in compliance with the windshield laws.

  • Drivers are not permitted to drive a vehicle with a windshield or other windows that are covered with frost or steam that limits clear viewing.

Obstructions

Minnesota has strict laws governing any potential obstructions to the driver’s view through the windshield.

  • Drivers are not permitted to have any objects hanging between them and the windshield on the vehicle other than sun visors and rearview mirrors.

  • Posters, signs and other nontransparent materials are not permitted in the windshield, other than stickers or certificates required by law.

  • GPS systems are permitted only when mounted as close to the bottom of the windshield as possible.

  • Electronic toll devices and safety monitoring equipment is permitted when affixed slightly above or below or immediately behind the rearview mirror.

Window tint

  • Minnesota does not permit tinting of any kind on the windshield other than that which is applied at the factory.

  • Tint on any other windows must allow over 50% of the light to pass through into the vehicle.

  • Reflective tint is permitted on windows other than the windshield, providing it is no more than 20% reflective.

  • If any windows are tinted on the vehicle, a sticker designating it as being legal must be affixed between the glass and film on the driver’s side window.

Cracks and chips

Minnesota is not specific as to the size of allowable cracks or chips. However, it is illegal to drive a vehicle if the windshield is discolored or cracked in a way that limits the driver’s clear view. It is important to understand that it is up to the ticketing officer’s discretion as to whether a crack or chip in the windshield obscures or limits the driver’s view in a way that is or could be considered unsafe.

Violations

Violating these laws can result in a citation and fines. Minnesota does not list the potential fines for breaking windshield laws.

If your windshield needs to be inspected or your wipers are not working properly, a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, can help you get back on the road safely and quickly so you are driving within the laws.


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