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WHAT ARE THE WINDOW TINT LAWS IN TEXAS?

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.

Texas Window Tint Laws

Passenger Cars

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

Windshield: 25% VLT tint or more is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line (top 5 inches).

Front Side Windows:

25% VLT

Back Side Windows:

25% VLT

Rear Window:

25% VLT

Multi-Purpose Vehicles

MULTI-PURPOSE VEHICLES

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

Windshield:

25% VLT tint or more is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line (top 5 inches).

Front Side Windows:

25% 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:

Max. 25% reflective window tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line (top 5 inches).

Front Side Windows:

Max. 25% Reflective

Back Side Windows:

Max. 25% Reflective

Rear Window:

Max. 25% Reflective

Other

Other limits, restrictions, or allowances

Prohibited Tint Colors:

Red, Amber, and Blue

Mirrors:

Dual side mirrors are REQUIRED if rear window is tinted less than 25% VLT.

Certification:

Manufacturers who tint the side windows of passenger vehicles and the front side windows in all other vehicles must be certified by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

VLT Stickers:

Manufacturers who tint windows must include a label that contains the name or registration number of the manufacturer and a statement that complies with the Texas Transportation Code.

TINT EXEMPTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

TEXAS
TINT LAWS
DO NOT APPLY
TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Law enforcement vehicles
  • Vehicles that are used for medical purposes
  • Passenger transport vehicles such as taxis, limousines, and busses
  • Vehicles operated by people who have a medical exemption from a licensed physician or licensed optometrist
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READY TO GET YOUR WINDOWS TINTED IN TEXAS?

When you take your favorite vehicle for a spin, does the hot, Texas sun glare in your eyes? Does your vehicle heat up like an oven when you leave it in a parking lot? Do you feel uncomfortable with other drivers peeking in your windows as you pass them?

 

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

 

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

 

We offer tinting services throughout the state of Texas with our multiple store locations, including Austin, TX, Keller, TX, Midland, TX, Rockwall, TX, and Sulphur Springs, TX.

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 April 12, 2022. If you find any of this information to be inaccurate, please let us know so we can update it!