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2 years ago · by · 0 comments

Tinted car windows, how dark can it (legally) be?

Window tinting laws vary from state to state and province to province. Before applying any window tinting materials, you should thoroughly review the appropriate state regulations as well as local enforcement policies to insure compliance with all applicable standards.

HOW DARK CAN WINDOW TINT BE IN CALIFORNIA?

Darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In California, this percentage refers to percentage of visible light allowed in through the combination of film and the window.

 

Front Side WindowsMust not be more reflective than a standard window.
Back Side WindowsMust not be more reflective than a standard window.

 

HOW REFLECTIVE CAN THE TINT BE IN CALIFORNIA?

Similar to sunglass lenses, some tinting film contain metallic elements that help in reflecting incoming light and reducing the glare and heat generated by visible light.

 

 

Restricted ColorsThe tint color(s) of RED are not legal by state law.
Side MirrorsDual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted.
Certificate RequirementsManufacturers of film do NOT need to certify the film they sell in the state.
Sticker RequirementsNo sticker to identify legal tinting is required.
Medical ExemptionState law does NOT allow medical exemptions that would allow you use special tint.

 

OTHER CALIFORNIA RULES AND REGULATIONS

The good news is that the California tint law does allow the use of certain tint on the front side passenger windows on a motor vehicle. However, the tint film must be:

1) transparent,

2) clear and

3) colorless.

Therefore, you can apply transparent, clear, colorless tint to the front side windows which will reject harmful UV rays.

Although it is not technically legal, some clients opt to apply window tinting to the front side windows that is not transparent, clear and colorless, but is several shades lighter than the rear window tint. Some clients feel the contrast between the light and dark tint makes the light tint much less conspicuous, and nearly undetectable.

Remember, the only people whose opinions really matter are the Police department and California Highway Patrol. Illegal tinting is probable cause to pull you over. So if you like to stop for happy hour on the way home from work, front passenger window tinting gives the cops a reason to pull you over. Most cops just want a clear view into the passenger compartment.

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