Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What Is the Legal Limit for Window Tint?

asked by on

What is the legal limit for window tint?

A: Automotive window tinting is accomplished b...

Automotive window tinting is accomplished by applying a plastic film of the desired darkness on the inside of the glass, and looking at this from a nationwide perspective, you’ll get 50 different variations on the same theme. Generally, depending on what state your car is registered in, the windshield cannot have tint applied, except for a band across the top four to six inches high. The windows on the front doors cannot be tinted at all, or have a film with “light transmittance” of 65% to 75%. This means if the light outside the car is 100%, 65% to 75% of the light has to penetrate into the interior of the car. The reason for this is so law enforcement has a clear view inside the car during traffic stops.

You can pretty much do whatever you want on any glass behind the two front doors. However, some states require functioning outside rearview mirrors if there’s dark tinting on the glass in those areas. Generally prohibited is highly reflective “mirror style” tinting.

A good tint installer should be knowledgeable about your state’s regulations and have samples available so you can decide on color and darkness before you have any tinting done on your vehicle. Of course, it never hurts to double check the rules yourself by contacting your state’s department of motor vehicles.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: After tinting windows, they are hard to roll up

Hi. Window tint can affect the operation of the windows. Spray the inside of the glass with soapy water. If the window now works properly, the tint is to blame. The noise sounds like a wheel bearing going bad. They...

Q: Which radio will work in my vehicle?

If you have a control knob on the console, you most likely have command. The most accurate way to determine if you have command is to call the dealership and give them your VIN. They can decode the vin and...

Q: Power problems

Hi. Other owners have reported similar symptoms with their trailblazers. The first and easiest thing to check would be the 125A mega fuse under the hood. This is located right outside the under hood fuse box and has two big...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.