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What window tinting laws should I be aware of?

Many people choose to tint the windows on their automobile to take advantage of the benefits that it provides, like cooler interior temperatures and improved aesthetics.  Although comfort and looks are among the top considerations when choosing tint, window tinting laws are something that should not be overlooked before you have tint applied to your windows.

Window tinting laws vary from state-to-state and there may even be different laws in place for cars, trucks, and SUVs.  A little bit of due diligence could save you the expense and inconvenience of receive a “fix-it” ticket.

Window Tinting Laws

Every state has different laws that regulate the legality of window tint for an automobile.  Below are the basic laws regarding legal window tint for Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

State Front Side Rear Side Back Visor
MD 35% 35% 35% 5"
PA 70% 70% 70% NONE
VA 50% 35% 35% AS-1
WV 35% 35% 35% 5"

All values above must allow the percentage of light listed to pass through both the window and installed tint film.

AS-1: Tint must not extend below the "AS-1" mark on the windshield.

Exceptions Due to Medical Necessity

Nearly every state has provisions written into their window tinting laws for residents who require dark tint due to medical necessity.  Depending on the state, this may be in the form of a prescription and may require a certification sticker to be installed on your vehicle.

Please check with your local law enforcement office to determine the appropriate process for a medical exemption.

Can I Install Darker Tint on my Vehicle?

You can choose to have any shade of tint installed on your vehicle, however Lil Tint Shop is not responsible for any issues that could occur once your tint is installed.

If you choose to install window tint on your vehicle that violates the window tinting laws in your state, then you could be stopped and issued a “fix-it” citation.  In general, you would be required to remove the window tint from your vehicle.  Depending on the state, you could receive a fine as well.

If you are concerned about installing dark window tint on your vehicle, the best thing you can do is speak with your local law enforcement office.  We rarely hear about problems from our customers after their windows are tinted.