There are a lot of reasons to seek out getting your car windows tinted. You may have sensitive eyes and need to reduce the harmful glare coming from the sun or off of other vehicles. You may have an all leather interior you are trying to keep cooler in the warmer months. Maybe you like the way it looks for cosmetic reasons. Whatever your reason for seeking out tinted windows, you should know that there are several laws and guidelines that dictate how dark tinting can be and on what windows. Don’t fail inspection or have your ticketed! Learn just what you are allowed to have here.
How dark is too dark?
Light transmittance, or LT, is the amount of light that can travel through a tinted glass window. This ensures the safety of the driver by legally ensuring that they have the ability to better see everything around them, and it ensures should the driver ever be pulled over the officer can see inside the vehicle and see if they are in any danger as they approach the vehicle. Most light transmittance laws only apply to your front windows and have a scale of just how low this number can be. The front windshield must let at least 75% of the light through while the front windows must allow at least 70% of the light through. Back windows will vary.
Aftermarket tint could push you over the limit and make your tint illegal!
What many car owners do not know going into the tinting process is that their vehicle’s windows come with a certain percentage of tint. For most vehicles, this number hovers around 13%. By requesting light transmittance 75 for your front windshield you are likely compounding this number with the already existing 13 LT and moving your windshield to about 38 LT and making it an illegal tint.
What could happen to me if my car has illegal tint?
It is against the law to sell a vehicle that has an illegal tint and it is against the law to perform a darkening on windows beyond the legal limits. That is why it is so important to only get your tinting done through a reputable business. Be sure to check all laws and local ordinances regarding window tinting before you head to the professionals. Come in as well researched, as you would be when you are purchasing a vehicle.
If you are pulled over and an officer believes your tint is too dark they are equipped with a tool that measures it on site. Should your tint be outside of compliance you will see either a penalty notice or court summons, or a ‘prohibition notice’ stopping you using your vehicle on the road until you have the extra tint removed. So be sure your window tint is up to legal code or the police can actually stop you from using the vehicle until you are able to rectify the situation.