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WHAT ARE THE WINDOW TINT LAWS IN NORTH CAROLINA?

Tinting your windows with the professionals at Sun Stoppers helps you stay in accordance with the law.

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Just The Facts

Tinting your car’s windows gives you protection from dangerous UV rays, improves your driving comfort and protects your belongings.

However, each state has different window tinting laws drivers must follow to avoid citations or “fix-it” tickets.

It’s important other drivers and pedestrians are able to make eye contact and see where you’re looking. Law enforcement also needs to be able to identify the driver in a vehicle.

HOW DOES LAW ENFORCEMENT MEASURE WINDOW TINT?

WHAT IS VISIBLE LIGHT TRANSMISSION (VLT)?

VLT = VISIBLE LIGHT TRANSMISSION

  • The higher the percentage of VLT, the more light passes through.
  • 100% VLT means your car’s windows are transparent, leaving you unprotected from damaging UV rays.
  • 5% VLT is the darkest and barely lets light pass through the tint film.
Most people want the darkest tint they can get away with.
We can give you the darkest look possible without violating your state’s window tint laws.

North Carolina Window Tint Laws

North Carolina

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Passenger Cars

Includes most 2-5 Door vehicles that seat less than 5 passengers.

Windshield:
Non-reflective above the AS-1 line or top 5″

Front Side Windows:
32% VLT

Back Side Windows:
32% VLT

Rear Window:
32% VLT

Multi-Purpose Vehicles

Minivans, Pickups, SUVs, etc. that are designed to carry less than 10  passengers.

Windshield:
Non-reflective above the AS-1 line or top 5″

Front Side Windows:
32% VLT

Back Side Windows:
Any tint darkness

Rear Window:
Any tint darkness

Reflective Tint

Window tint with metallic particles to give glass a silver/mirror look. This reflects glare and reject heat.

Windshield:
Prohibited

Front Side Windows:
Max. 20% Reflective

Back Side Windows:
Max. 20% Reflective

Rear Window:
Max. 20% Reflective

Other

Other limits, restrictions, or allowances

Prohibited Tint Colors:
Red, Amber, and Yellow

Mirrors:
Dual side mirrors are REQUIRED
if rear window is tinted.

Certification:
NC does not require certified tint

VLT Stickers:
NC does not require VLT stickers

TINT EXEMPTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

NORTH CAROLINA
TINT LAWS
DO NOT APPLY
TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Excursion passenger vehicles, as defined in G.S. 20-4.01 (27)a
  • Motor homes, as defined in G.S. 20-4.01 (27)d2
  • Ambulances, as defined in G.S. 20-4.01 (27)f
  • Property-hauling vehicles (rear window only), as defined in G.S. 20-4.01 (31)
  • Limousines
  • Law enforcement vehicles
  • Vehicles with a medical exception issued by NCDMV
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READY TO GET YOUR WINDOWS TINTED?

With over 20 years of experience in the window tint and paint protection industry, we can help you find the perfect tint that will make your car stand out, give you extra protection and stay within your state’s legal limits. Our friendly and knowledgeable technicians can answer any questions you have regarding window tint laws in your state.

DISCLAIMER: Window tint laws in your state can change on a daily basis. These rules and regulations may be interpreted differently by city or county authorities. We recommend verifying this information with your local DMV or local law enforcement agencies for accuracy. This information relating to window tint laws was last updated on Month Day, 2021. If you find any of this information to be inaccurate, please let us know so we can update it!