Window Tint Laws by State

Window tinting is a popular way to enhance the appearance of your vehicle, improve privacy, and reduce glare and heat from the sun. However, it's important to be aware that window tinting laws vary significantly by state. Understanding these laws can help you avoid fines and ensure that your vehicle complies with local regulations. This comprehensive guide covers tint laws by state, essential terminologies, frequently asked questions, and more to help you understand the tinting laws in different states


Understanding the terminology related to window tinting is essential for interpreting tint laws by state. Here are some key terms:  

VLT%: Visible light transmission is the measurement used to assess automotive window tints. This is the percent of visible light that gets through either the film (film VLT%) or window plus film net VLT%. The lower the VLT%, the darker the tint. State laws limit how dark the tint can be. For example, 5% would be darker than the legal limit of 25% in Texas for Front Side windows.

AS-1 Line: The AS-1 line is typically a marking or a label placed near the top edge of the windshield, usually on the driver's side. It is typically 5 inches parallel to the top of your windshield. It indicates the maximum extent to which tinting or shading can be applied to the windshield without obstructing the driver's view or impeding the performance of sensors, such as those used for automatic headlights or rain sensors.

Windshield: Your windshield cannot be tinted in any state, but some states allow you to add a sticker to the top of the windshield, usually in the area of the manufacturer’s sun shield.

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Window Tint Laws by State Chart

State Front Sides Rear Sides Rear Window Windshield
AL 32% 32% 32% 6"
AK 70% 40% 40% 5"
AR25% 25% 10% 5"
CA 70% ANY ANY 4"
CO 27% 27% 27% 4"
CT35% 35% ANY AS1
DC 70% 50% 50% 5"/AS1
FL 28% 15% 15% AS1
GA 32% 32% 32% 6"
HI 35% 35% 35% 4"
ID 35% 20% 35% AS1
IL 35% 35% 35% 6"
IN 30% 30% 30% AS1
IA 70% ANY ANY 70%
KS 35% 35% 35% AS1
KY 35% 18% 18% AS1
LA 40% 25% 12% AS1
ME 35% ANY ANY 5"/AS1
MD 35% 35% 35% 5"
MA 35% 35% 35% 6"
MI 4" ANY ANY 4"
MN 50% 50% 50% NONE
MS 28% 28% 28% AS1
MT 24% 14% 14% AS1
NE 35% 20% 20% AS1
NH 70% 35% 35% 6"
NM 20% 20% 20% 5"/AS1
NY 70% 70% ANY 6"
NC 35% 35% 35% AS1
ND 50% ANY ANY <70%
OH 50% ANY ANY 5"
OK 25% 25% 25% 5"/AS1
OR 35% 35% 35% 6"
PA 70% 70% 70% 70%
RI 70% 70% 70% AS1
SC 27% 27% 27% AS1
SD 35% 20% 20% AS1
TN 35% 35% 35% AS1
TX 25% 25% ANY 5"/AS1
VA 50% 35% 35% AS1
WA 24% 24% 24% 6"
WV 35% 35% 35% 5"
WI 50% 35% 35% AS1
WY 28% 28% 28% 5"/AS1

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the darkest tint you can get legally?

The darkest legal tint varies by state and window placement. For example, California requires a 70% VLT for front-side windows, while rear windows can be darker. In Michigan, front windows can have a 35% VLT. Always check your state's specific laws.

What does 70% tint look like?

A 70% tint allows 70% of visible light to pass through. It appears nearly transparent with a slight reduction in light.

Does 70% tint block UV rays?

Yes, a 70% tint blocks some UV rays. Though it won’t provide complete UV protection, it can reduce UV exposure to some extent.

Can you see 35% tint at night?

A 35% tint is darker than a 70% tint but still allows a fair amount of light to pass through. At night, a 35% tint should not significantly impair visibility. However, individual experiences may vary based on factors like street lighting and personal sensitivity to low-light conditions.

What percentage of window tint is best?

For most people, a balance between aesthetics, privacy, glare reduction, and UV protection is essential. Common choices include:

  • 70% VLT: Provides heat and UV rejection while maintaining a high level of visible light transmission.
  • 35% VLT: Popular for its enhanced privacy and glare reduction while still maintaining reasonable visibility.
  • 20% VLT or darker: Provides significant privacy and heat rejection but may be illegal on front windows in many states and can affect nighttime visibility.

Which state allows the darkest tint?

States that allow darker tints on front side windows include:

  • Florida: Allows 28% VLT on front side windows.
  • Arizona: Allows 25% VLT on front side windows.
  • Texas: Allows 25% VLT on front side windows.
  • Washington: Allows 24% VLT on front side windows.
  • Oklahoma: Allows 25% VLT on front side windows.
  • New Mexico: Allows 20% VLT on front side windows.

Why Choose Static Cling Window Tint?  

At Greenfilm, we offer static cling window tint that complies with various state regulations. Our tints are easy to apply and remove, making them ideal for those who need to adjust their tint to stay within legal limits. Static cling tints are also great for temporary use and do not require adhesives, ensuring a clean and damage-free application. In summary, understanding and complying with state window tinting laws is crucial for legal, safety, and practical reasons. Whether you're seeking to reduce glare, increase privacy, or enhance your vehicle's appearance, ensure your tint is within legal limits. For a hassle-free solution that offers flexibility and compliance, consider using our custom pre-cut window film. Stay informed, stay compliant, and enjoy the benefits of professionally tinted windows.