Car Window Tinting Service – How Dark Can You Go?

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Car Window Tinting Laws

Since 1999 car tinting laws have been created with the safety of all drivers in mind. Different states in America will have different levels and restrictions as to which the darkness of the window tinting you are allowed.

How Much Car Window Tinting Darkness is Allowed?

VLT: Visible Light Transmission – is the term used to measure the grade of darkness when tinting a window. The level of light allowed to transfer through your tint and glass, depends on the model of your car, SUV or van.

Window Tint shade laws for sedans:
    •    Windshield: Your allowed 4 inches Non-reflective tint on the top of the windshield.
    •    Front Side windows: 70% of light is allowed to shine through.
    •    Back Side windows: Can be as dark as you like.
    •    Rear Window: These also, can be as dark as you like.

Window Tint shade laws for SUV and vans:
    •    Windshield: Your allowed 4 inches Non-reflective tint on the top of the windshield.
    •    Front Side windows: 70% of light is allowed to shine through.
    •    Back Side windows: Can be as dark as you like.
    •    Rear Window: These also, can be as dark as you like.

Window Tint Reflection Regulations

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When you apply a window tint reflection to your windshield, it can help reduce the glare from the sun and also, stop the car from over heating. The amount  reflection allowed with a window tint are as follows:

Tint reflection laws for sedans:
    •    Front Side windows: It can’t have more reflection than a standard window.
    •    Back Side windows: It can’t have more reflection than a standard window.

Tint reflection laws for SUV and vans:
    •    Front Side windows: It can’t have more reflection than a standard window.
    •    Back Side windows: It can’t have more reflection than a standard window.

Other California window tint rules and regulations:

California does have several other important laws, rules and regulations pertaining to window tinting. They include the following:
    •    Stickers: The certificate should show the manufacturer’s name and address and installing company.
    •    Medical Exceptions: There are no exceptions, medical or otherwise.
    •    Side Mirrors: If your rear window is tinted, you will need dual side mirrors.
    •    Restricted Colors: You can not use blue, red, or amber tint colors.
    •    Certificates: The driver is required to keep the window tint certificates with them at all times when driving, which show the manufactures tinting is certified.

It’s worth double-checking this information, we’ve done our best to get you the most up to date and accurate information that we can, although we hold no responsibility for the actual laws in your state, as they can differ as they can interpreted differently. We recommend getting in touch with your local DMV or enforcement authorities.

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