Window Tint Law California – Avoid Getting Pulled Over

When you get your windows tinted in California, you want to stay on the right side of the law. Unless you enjoy being pulled over, given a citation and having to get your newly installed tint removed, here are the laws you’ll want to abide by.

For the percentages given below, the darkness of the tint is measured as a Visible Light Transmission percentage also known as VLT%. In California this percentage is the amount of visible light allowed in through the window and the tint on the window.

How Dark Can my Window Tint be in California?

Windshield

You are allowed to use Non-reflective tint on the top 4 inches of your windshield.

Front Side Windows

The tint or film you use must allow more than 70% of light into your vehicle.

Back Side Windows

On your back side windows, any darkness tint or film can be installed.

Rear Window

On your rear window, any darkness tint or film can be installed.

How Reflective Can my Window Tint be in California?

In addition to regulations for darkness there are also regulations and laws for the reflective properties of tint. Some tint contains metallic elements that work to reflect light and reduce the heat and glare that you are probably well aware of in Southern California.

Windshield

Only non-reflective tint can be installed on the windshield of your vehicle.

Front Side Windows

Any tint installed on your front side windows should not be any more reflective than a standard window on your vehicle.

Back Side Windows

Any tint installed on your back side windows should not be any more reflective than a standard window on your vehicle.

Rear Window

Any tint installed on your rear window should not be any more reflective than a standard window on your vehicle.

Here are Some Additional Rules and Regulations to Keep in MInd in California

Restricted Tint Colors

It is not legal to tint your windows Red in the state of California

Side Mirrors

You are required to have dual side mirrors if your back window is tinted.

Certificate Requirements

There are no certificate requirements in the state of California.

Sticker Requirements

In California, stickers to verify legal tinting are not required by law.

Medical Exemption

There are no medical exceptions in the state that would allow you to install special tint.