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Window Tint And The Law

Stay Legal and Safe with Our Comprehensive Guide to Window Tinting Laws

Are you considering adding window tint to your vehicle? It can add style, privacy, and even protection from the sun’s harmful rays. However, it’s essential to understand the window tinting laws in your state to avoid fines, legal issues, and potential safety hazards.

At The Tint Shop, we want to help you navigate the regulations surrounding window tinting. Therefore, we have put together this comprehensive guide to window tint laws to ensure that you stay legal and safe while enjoying the benefits of window tinting.

What are Window Tint Laws?

Window tint laws govern the amount and darkness of tinting allowed on car windows. These laws vary by state and can be complex, so understanding them is essential before you install any window tinting.

Window Tint Laws by State

Window tint laws vary by state and sometimes by county or city. The main factors determining the legal limits are the Visible Light Transmission (VLT) and the reflectivity of the tint film. VLT refers to the percentage of visible light that can pass through the window glass and the film, while reflectivity refers to the amount of light that can bounce off the glass and the film.

Generally, the lower the VLT and the higher the reflectivity, the darker the tint and the more restricted it is by law. However, some states also have additional rules for the front windshield, the back windshield, and the side windows, depending on the type of vehicle, the driver’s license, and the medical condition.

To give you an idea of the window tint laws by state, here’s a brief overview of the VLT and reflectivity limits for passenger cars and SUVs (not commercial vehicles) in some of the most popular states:

Note that these limits are subject to change, and there may be exceptions or exemptions for specific vehicles, such as medical exemptions or law enforcement vehicles. Also, some states may require a certificate of compliance or a sticker to prove that your tinting meets the legal requirements.

New York Window Tint Laws

Darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%).

In New York State, this percentage refers to percentage of visible light allowed in through the combination of film and the window itself.

Front Side Windows – Must allow more than 70% of light in. Rear Side windows – Must allow more than 70% of light in. Front windshield – Must be 6 inches from the top

Back windshield – Any darkness can be used.

Medical Exemption – State allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law

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The Tint Shop is pleased to offer our expert services to customers in Rochester. Our address is 2705 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY, and we can be reached by phone at 585-232-8468 or by email at

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