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Window Tint Laws: State-Specific Information

The term "window tint" refers to the shading often added to windshields and car windows for use as a sunscreen or purely for aesthetic reasons. All states and the District of Columbia have window tint laws that limit the use of tinting, many offering exemptions for those with a medical need. Links to state laws and guidelines for window tinting are listed below.

Alabama Alabama Code Title 32, Chapter 5C: Window tinting and medical exceptions
Alaska Alaska Statutes §28.05.081: Vehicle equipment standards
Arizona Arizona Revised Statutes §28-959.01: Materials on windows or windshield

Arkansas Code §27-37-306: Light transmission levels for the tinting of motor vehicle windows


California Vehicle Code §26708: Material obstructing or reducing driver's view

California Vehicle Code §26708.5: Transparent materials


Colorado Revised Statutes §42-4-227: Windows unobstructed; certain materials prohibited


Gen. Statutes of Connecticut Title 13b, Ch. 246, §14-99g: Tinted or reflectorized windows; obstruction of view prohibited

Quick Reference on Tinted Windows (Connecticut DMV)

Delaware Delaware Code Title 21, §4313: Safety glass; window tinting; commercial window tinting

District of Columbia

Code of the District of Columbia §50–2207.02: Tinted windows prohibited
Florida Florida Statutes §316.2951 through 316.2956: Windshields and windows

Georgia Code §40-8-73.1: Affixing of materials which reduce light transmission or increase light reflectance through windows

Understanding Window Tint Laws (

Hawaii Hawaii Revised Statutes §291-21.5: Regulation of motor vehicle sun-screening devices; penalty
Idaho Idaho Statutes §49-944: Standards for windshields and windows of motor vehicles; prohibited acts; penalty
Illinois Illinois Vehicle Code Chapter 12, Article V: Glass, windshields, and mirrors
Indiana Indiana Code Title 9, Article 19, Ch. 19: Windows and windshield wipers
Iowa Iowa Code Title VIII, Subtitle II, §321.438: Windshields and windows
Kansas Kansas Statutes §8-1749a through 8-1749c: One-way glass and sun-screening devices
Kentucky Kentucky Revised Statutes §189.110: Unobstructed windshields
Louisiana Louisiana Revised Statutes §32:361.1: View outward or inward through windshield or windows; obscuring prohibited
Maine Maine Statutes Title 29A, §1916: Reflective and tinted glass
Maryland Maryland Code §22-406: Safety glazing material in motor vehicles
Massachusetts Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90, §9D: Windshields and windows obscured by non-transparent materials

Michigan Vehicle Code §257.709: Windshields and windows; prohibitions

Minnesota Minnesota Statutes §169.71: Windshield
Mississippi Mississippi Code §63-7-59: Windows and window glass generally
Missouri Missouri Window Tinting Law and How to Apply for a Permit (Mo. Hwy. Patrol)
Montana Montana Code §61-9-429: Window tinting and sunscreening
Nebraska Nebraska Revised Statutes §60-6, 257: Windshields and windows; tinting; sun-screening
Nevada Nevada Revised Statutes §484.6195: Restrictions on tinting of windshield or side or rear window
New Hampshire New Hampshire Statutes §266:58-a: Tinted glass
New Jersey Sunscreening for Medical Reasons (New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission)
New Mexico New Mexico Statutes §66-3-846.1 : Sun screening material on windshields and windows
New York New York Vehicle and Traffic Code, Article 9, §375.12-a: Safety glass and light transmittance; medical exemptions
North Carolina Window Tinting (North Carolina DMV)
North Dakota What tint is allowed on my windows? (North Dakota DMV, FAQs)
Ohio Ohio Revised Code §4513.241: Using tinted glass and other vision obscuring materials
Oklahoma Oklahoma Statutes §47-12-422: Restrictions on use of glass coating materials or sunscreening devices on windshields and windows (look under Title 47)
Oregon Oregon Vehicle Code §815.221: Tinting; authorized and prohibited materials; certificate
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Code, Title §75 4524: Windshield obstructions and wipers
Rhode Island Rhode Island General Laws Ch. 31-23.3: Non-transparent windshields and windows
South Carolina South Carolina Code §56-5-5015: Sunscreen devices
South Dakota South Dakota Codified Laws §32-15-1 through §32-15-15: Safety glass, non-transparent material on window prohibited
Tennessee Tennessee Code §55-9-107: Motor vehicle windows with tinting, reflecting, or sunscreen material

Window Tinting Standards (Texas Dept. of Public Safety)

Utah Can I have tinting on the windows of my vehicle? (Utah Highway Patrol, Equipment Issues FAQs)
Vermont Vermont Statutes Title 23, §1125: Obstructing windshields

Code of Virginia §46.2-1053: Equipping certain motor vehicles

Vehicle Sun-Shading Medical Authorization (Virginia DMV)

Washington Revised Code of Washington §46.37.430: Safety glazing -- Sunscreening or coloring
West Virginia West Virginia Code Article 17C, Ch. 15, §17C-15-36a: Sun-screening devices; penalty
Wisconsin Wisconsin Statutes §347.43: Safety glass
Wyoming Wyoming Statutes §31-5-962: Sunscreening devices

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