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Window Tinting Percentages by State. Is Your Tint Legal?

When we decide to tint our car’s windows it is important to consider the current legal window tinting percentages of the state that we live on (and perhaps other states we may travel frequently too!) 

We can get pulled over by law enforcement and get fined just because our window tint is too dark.

Window film darkness is measured in VLT (Visible Light Transmission or how much light passes through the window).

Window tinting percentages

Using the best window tint will give you all the benefits of it even if you darken your windows as little as 70% VLT (which by the way is the usually factory tint % for most manufacturers currently) but you might want it to be darker and that’s cool. Let’s see how dark can you tint it.

Window tinting percentages illustrated.

In the following image you will see a sample of how much do different tint percentages actually darken your windows.

window tint laws

As you may see, something like 20% or lower will make your windows really dark and hard to see through so therefore there are laws that regulate how dark can you go.

This makes sense in some other way, since not only you have to be able to see through your windows clearly at night or in low visibility conditions but also law enforcement needs to be able to see the interior of the car for their own safety during a traffic stop.

However, not every state has the same restrictions.

Some states like New York are very strict while others like California are very permissive. We have collected every state’s window tinting percentages law so you can check them easily. Do notice that different percentages apply to cars and SUVs and vans.

But first, a few quick definitions to help you understand such laws.

  • The tint darkness is measured as the visible light transmission percentage, or VLT%
  • Front side windows are driver’s and front passenger windows. NOT the Windshield.
  • Rear side windows are any side windows behind the front side windows, and include rear-seat passenger windows
  • The windshield’s shade band is a band of film that extends down from the top of the windshield.
  • The AS1 line is a marking from the glass’ manufacturer near the top sides of the windshield.
  • Tint reflection refers to reflective window films, usually metallic films.
  • First number is for cars, the number after the slash / is for SUVs and Vans. No slash means same % for all vehicles.
  • Restricted colors mean color tints that are forbidden in the state. (if any)

Window tinting laws (Sorted by States)

Alabama

  • Front side windows: 32%
  • Rear side windows: 32% / no limit
  • Back window: 32% / no limit
  • Windshield: 6” shade band
  • Tint reflection: not more than 20% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Alaska

  • Front side windows: 70% / not permitted
  • Rear side windows: 40% / not permitted
  • Back window: 40% / not permitted
  • Windshield: 5” shade band
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED

Arizona

  • Front side windows: 33%
  • Rear side windows: no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: not more than 35% reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED

Arkansas

  • Front side windows: 25%
  • Rear side windows: 25% / 10%
  • Back window: 10%
  • Windshield: 5” shade band
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

California

  • Front side windows: 70%
  • Rear side windows: no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: 4” shade band
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED

Colorado

  • Front side windows: 27%
  • Rear side windows: 27%
  • Back window: 27%
  • Windshield: 4” shade band
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED

Connecticut

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 35% / no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: front windows no more than 21% reflective / rear windows no more than 27% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

D.C.

  • Front side windows: 70%
  • Rear side windows: 50% / 35%
  • Back window: 50% / 35%
  • Windshield: the lesser of 5” shade band or down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: no current limit
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Delaware

  • Front side windows: 70%
  • Rear side windows: no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Florida

  • Front side windows: 28%
  • Rear side windows: 15%
  • Back window: 15%
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: front windows 25% reflective / rear windows 35% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE.

Georgia

  • Front side windows: 32%
  • Rear side windows: 32% / no limit
  • Back window: 32% / no limit
  • Windshield: 6” shade band
  • Tint reflection: no more than 20% reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED

Hawaii

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 35% / no limit
  • Back window: 35% / no limit
  • Windshield: 70% on whole windshield
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Idaho

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 20% / no limit
  • Back window: 35% / no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: no more than 35% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Illinois

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 35% / no limit
  • Back window: 35% / no limit
  • Windshield: 6” shade band
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors:NONE

Indiana

  • Front side windows: 30%
  • Rear side windows: 30% / no limit
  • Back window: 30% / no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: not more than 25% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Iowa

  • Front side windows: 70%
  • Rear side windows: no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Kansas

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 35%
  • Back window: 35%
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED

Kentucky

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 18% / no limit 8” from top of window
  • Back window: 18% / no limit 8” from top of window
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: no more than 25% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Louisiana

  • Front side windows: 40%
  • Rear side windows: 25% / no limit
  • Back window: 12% / no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: no more than 20% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Maine

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 35% / no limit
  • Back window: 35% / no limit
  • Windshield: 4” shade band
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Maryland

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 35% / no limit
  • Back window: 35% / no limit
  • Windshield: 5” shade band
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED

Massachusetts

  • Front side windows: 28%
  • Rear side windows: 28%
  • Back window: 28%
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: not more than 35% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Michigan

  • Front side windows: top 4” only, no limit to tint
  • Rear side windows: no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: 4” shade band
  • Tint reflection: not more than 35% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Minnesota

  • Front side windows: 50%
  • Rear side windows: 50% / no limit
  • Back window: 50% / no limit
  • Windshield: not permitted
  • Tint reflection: not more than 20% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Mississippi

  • Front side windows: 28%
  • Rear side windows: 28% / no limit
  • Back window: 28% / no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: not more than 20% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Missouri

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: not more than 35% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Montana

  • Front side windows: 24%
  • Fear side windows: 14% / no limit
  • Back window: 14% / no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: not more than 35% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Nebraska

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 20% / 35%
  • Back window: 20% / 35%
  • Windshield: the lesser of 5” shade band or down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: not more than 35% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Nevada

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: no current limit
  • Restricted colors: NONE

New Hampshire

  • Front side windows: not permitted
  • Rear side windows: 35% / no limit
  • Back window: 35% / no limit
  • Windshield: 6” shade band
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

New Jersey

  • Front side windows: not permitted
  • Rear side windows: no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: not permitted
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

New Mexico

  • Front side windows: 20%
  • Rear side windows: 20% / no limit
  • Back window: 20% / no limit
  • Windshield: the lesser of 5” shade band or down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: no current limit
  • Restricted colors: NONE

New York

  • Front side windows: 70%
  • Rear side windows: 70% / no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: 6” shade band
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

North Carolina

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 35% / no limit
  • Back window: 35% / no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: no more than 20% reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED

North Dakota

  • Front side windows: 50%
  • Rear side windows: no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: 70% applied to whole windshield
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Ohio

  • Front side windows: 50%
  • Rear side windows: no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: 70% applied to whole windshield
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Oklahoma

  • Front side windows: 25%
  • Rear side windows: 25% / no limit
  • Back window: 25% / no limit
  • Windshield: the lesser of 5’ shade band or down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: not more than 25% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Oregon

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 35%/ no limit
  • Back window: 35% / no limit
  • Windshield: 6” shade band
  • Tint reflection: not more than 13% reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED, GREEN, AMBER

Pennsylvania

  • Front side windows: 70%
  • Rear side windows: 70% / no limit
  • Back window: 70% / no limit
  • Windshield: not permitted
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Rhode Island

  • Front side windows: 70%
  • Rear side windows: 70% / no limit
  • Back window: 70% / no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: no current limit
  • Restricted colors: NONE

South Carolina

  • Front side windows: 27%
  • Rear side windows: 27% / no limit
  • Back window: 27% / no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED

South Dakota

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 20% / no limit
  • Back window: 20% / no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking on windshield
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Tennessee

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 35%
  • Back window: 35%
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking on windshield
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Texas

  • Front side windows: 25%
  • Rear side windows: no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: the lesser of 5” shade band or down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: not more than 25% reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED

Utah

  • Front side windows: 43%
  • Rear side windows: no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Vermont

  • Front side windows: not permitted
  • Rear side windows: no limit
  • Back window: no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: non-reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Virginia

  • Front side windows: 50%
  • Rear side windows: 35% / no limit
  • Back window: 35% / no limit
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: no more than 20% reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED

Washington

  • Front side windows: 24%
  • Rear side windows: 24% / no limit
  • Back window: 24% / no limit
  • Windshield: 6” shade band
  • Tint reflection: no more than 35% reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED

West Virginia

  • Front side windows: 35%
  • Rear side windows: 35% / no limit
  • Back window: 35% / no limit
  • Windshield: 5” shade band
  • Tint reflection: not more than 20% reflective
  • Restricted colors: RED

Wisconsin

  • Front side windows: 50%
  • Rear side windows: 35%
  • Back window: 35%
  • Windshield: down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: no current limit
  • Restricted colors: NONE

Wyoming

  • Front side windows: 28%
  • Rear side windows: 28% / no limit
  • Back window: 28% / no limit
  • Windshield: the lesser of 5’ shade band or down to AS1 marking
  • Tint reflection: not more than 20% reflective
  • Restricted colors: NONE

I hope this post was useful for you and that it help you understand the different shading grades and regulations regarding window tint percentages. You can share it with your friends using the buttons below.

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Alex Meyer
 

Alex Meyer is a 26-year-old Certified Automotive Technician with over 10 years experience as a mechanic and car audio installer. He shares his knowledge at Gear4wheels.com

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