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WHAT ARE THE WINDOW TINT LAWS IN SOUTH 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.

South Carolina Window Tint Laws

South Carolina

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PASSENGER CARS AND PICKUP TRUCKS

Includes most 2-5 Door vehicles that seat 5 or fewer passengers.

Windshield: non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line. If the AS-1 line is not visible, no tint is allowed.

Front Side Windows:

27% VLT

Back Side Windows:

27% VLT

Rear Window:

27% VLT

MULTIPURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLES

Minivans, SUVs, etc. that are designed to carry 10 or fewer passengers.

Windshield: non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line. If the AS-1 line is not visible, no tint is allowed.

Front Side Windows:

27% VLT

Back Side Windows:

No tint limitations specified in South Carolina law

Rear Window:

No tint limitations specified in South Carolina law

REFLECTIVE TINT

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

Windshield:

Reflective tint is not allowed

Front Side Windows:

Reflective tint is not allowed

Back Side Windows:

Reflective tint is not allowed

Rear Window:

Reflective tint is not allowed

OTHER

Other limits, restrictions, or allowances

Prohibited Tint Colors:

Red, yellow, and amber 

Mirrors:

Dual side mirrors are REQUIRED if rear window is tinted

Certification:

Any vehicle equipped with an after-factory window tint must also have a certificate of compliance with a size and form approved by the Department of Public Safety. 

VLT Stickers:

A certificate of compliance should be attached to the inside lower-right corner of each window that has an after-factory window tint. This sticker should contain the following information:

  • VLT percentage
  • Installer’s name, address, and phone number
  • Date of installation 

TINT EXEMPTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

SOUTH CAROLINA
TINT LAWS
DO NOT APPLY
TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Law enforcement vehicles which are used to regularly transport police dogs
  • Vehicles operated by people who have an affidavit signed by a licensed physician or licensed optometrist giving them a medical exemption. The affidavit must be carried in the vehicle and updated every two years.
  • Windows behind the driver on trucks, busses, trailers, mobile homes, and recreational vehicles. 
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READY TO GET YOUR WINDOWS TINTED IN SOUTH CAROLINA?

If you’re tired of the hot, South Carolina sun glaring in your eyes and heating up your vehicle when you leave it in a parking lot, you may want to tint your windows! Not only does window tint reduce glare and heat, but it gives you privacy, ensuring that other drivers won’t be peeking in your windows as you pass them.

 

Here at Sun Stoppers, we can’t wait to assist you with your window tinting needs.

 

Our helpful and knowledgeable staff have been expertly applying window tint and paint protection for over twenty years. We’d love to help you choose the tint that’s right for you and are happy to answer any questions you may have about window tinting in your state. 

 

We offer tinting services throughout the state of South Carolina with our multiple store locations, including Charleston, SC, Lancaster, SC, Little River, SC, and Rock Hill, SC.

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 June 1, 2022. If you find any of this information to be inaccurate, please let us know so we can update it!