State Window Tinting Laws:
Pennsylvania through Wyoming




STATE FRONT
SIDES
REAR
SIDES
BACK
WINDOW
VISOR NET/FILM
PA 70% 70% 70% NO NET
RI 70% 70% 70% AS1 NET
SC 27% 27% 27% AS1 NET
SD 35% 20% 20% AS1 NET
TN 35% 35% 35% AS1 NET
TX * See law below 25% +/- 5% 25% ANY% AS1 OR 5" NET
UT 43% ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
VT NO ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
VA 50% 35% 35% AS1 NET
WA 24% 24% 24% 6" NET
WV 35% 35% 35% 5" NET
WI 50% 35% 35% AS1 NET
WY 28% 28% 28% AS1 OR 5" NET


Updated: October 19 2010
These laws may not be current and are often enforced differently by different PD's. In all cases, refer to you local authority for enforcement policies, current laws, rules or regulations. Your current state law is the final authority, not this website! The numbers represent the percentage of light transmitted through the tinted glass, so the lower the number, the darker the film allowed. Generally the films are sold as 5%(limo), 20%(dark), 35%(medium), 50%(light).
S.U.V.s often have different regulations, which are not listed here.


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Pennsylvania

PA STATE INSPECTION PROCEDURES Section 175.80

(2) Check glazing.

(i) Check glazing and REJECT IF any of the following apply:

(A) Approved safety glazing is not used in every windshield, window or wing.

(B) Any sign, poster or other non-transparent material obstructs, obscures or impairs driver's clear view of highway or any intersecting highway. See Appendix C.

(C) Non-transparent material extends more than 3 inches from lowest exposed portion of rear window, rear side windows or rear wings. See Appendix C.

(D) Motor vehicle has any sign, poster or other non-transparent material on windshield or front side windows, other than officially approved and properly located parking stickers.

(E) Glass is shattered or broken or has any exposed sharp edges.

(F) Windshield is removed.

(G) There are any defects in acute area of windshield,-center of critical area on driver's side of vehicle directly in driver's normal line of vision, 8 _ inches wide and 5 1/2 inches high-or discolorations or hazardous cracks to front, right, left, or rear of driver which would interfere with driver's vision. See Appendix C.

(H) Class etchings, except those used for identification, are on windshield or front side windows.

(I) Glass etchings extend more than 3 inches

Window Tint Law - Chapter 31-23.3
31-23.3-1 Definitions.

Rhode Island

The following words and phrases for the purposes of this chapter only
shall have the following meanings:

(1) "Motor vehicle" means any vehicle, except those vehicles defined in
31-1-8 as vehicles used in farm husbandry, which is
registered or required to be registered in the state.

(2) "Multipurpose passenger vehicle" means a motor vehicle with motive
power designed to carry 10 persons or fewer which is constructed either
on a truck chassis or with special features for occasional off-road
operation.

(3) "Reflectance" means the ratio of the amount of total light, expressed
in a percentage, which is reflected outward by the product or material
to the amount of total light falling on the product or material.

(4) "Sunscreening material" means a product or material, including film,
glazing, and perforated sunscreening, which, when applied to the windshield
or windows of a motor vehicle, reduces the effects of the sun with
respect to light reflectance or transmittance.

(5) "Transmittance" means the ratio of the amount of total light, expressed
in a percentage, which is allowed to pass through the product or material,
including glazing, to the amount of total light falling on the product
or material and the glazing.

(6) "Window" means any device designed for exterior viewing from a motor
vehicle, except the windshield, any roof-mounted viewing device, and any
viewing device having less than 150 square inches in area.

(7) "Windshield" means the front exterior viewing device of a motor vehicle.


31-23.3-2 Windshields and windows obscured by nontransparent materials.
No person shall own and operate any motor vehicle upon any public
highway, road or street with nontransparent or sunscreen material,
window application, reflective film or nonreflective film used in any
way to cover or treat the front windshield, the side windows immediately
adjacent to the right and left of the operator's seat, the side windows
immediately to the rear of the operator's seat and the front passenger
seat and the rear window unless said vehicle meets one of the criteria
set forth in 31-23.3-3.


31-23.3-3 Rules and regulations authorized - Registrar for motor vehicles.

(a) The registrar for motor vehicles shall establish rules and regulations
to provide standards and tests to measure the percentage of reflective
and transmittance of light.

(b) Any person, firm, corporation, or other entity installing such a
sunscreen device on a motor vehicle shall provide and affix a label
to the front window not to exceed one and one-half (11/2) square inches
in size, which contains the installer's name and the percentage of light
transmittance. Facing the motor vehicle from the outside, the label
shall be placed in the lower left corner of the front window.

31-23.3-4 Exemptions.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:

(1) Motor vehicles manufactured with windshields and window glass
areas equipped in accordance with specifications of Title 49 Code
of Federal Regulations 571.205 as authorized by 15 USC 1407.

(2) Motor vehicles owned or leased by federal, state and local law
enforcement agencies.

(3) The use of nontransparent or sunscreen material or window application
on motor vehicles which has a total visible light transmittance of not
less than seventy percent (70%) measured perpendicular to the surface
of the glass on the windshield and side windows immediately adjacent to
the right and left of the operator's seat, the side windows immediately
to the rear of the operator's seat and the front passenger seat or on
the rear window if the vehicle is equipped with two (2) outside mirrors,
one on each side, adjusted so that the driver has a clear view of the
highway behind the vehicle.

(4) The use of any transparent material limited to the uppermost six
inches (6") along the top of the windshield, provided such strip does
not encroach upon the driver's direct forward viewing area as more
particularly described and defined in applicable Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards.

(5) Motor vehicles not required to be registered in this state.

(6) The use of sunscreen material on windows behind the driver in
trucks, buses, trailers, mobile homes, campers, multipurpose vehicles,
charter buses, funeral service vehicles, or limousines provided that
said vehicle is equipped with two (2) outside mirrors, one on each side,
if said mirrors meet federal standards adjusted so the driver has a clear
view of the highway behind the vehicle.

(7) A motor vehicle registered in this state in the name of a person, or
the person's legal guardian, who has an affidavit signed by a physician
or an optometrist licensed to practice in this state that states that
the person has a physical condition that makes it necessary to equip the
motor vehicle with a sunscreening device which may exceed federal standards.
The registry of motor vehicles, upon application of the individual, which
shall include the affidavit, shall issue a sticker to be applied to the
driver's side window to identify this exemption.

(8) Any motor vehicle, registered and garaged within this state, whose
sole purpose is to provide executive security to persons within this
state. The owner(s) of the vehicle shall first seek and obtain written
permission from the local police chief where the vehicle is garaged and
registered before the waiver is granted.


31-23.3-5 Penalties.
(a) Any person, firm, corporation, or other business entity that
installs any sunscreening material which is not in compliance with
the provisions of this chapter shall be fined not more than two hundred
fifty dollars ($250) for each such offense.

(b) Any person who owns a motor vehicle which has installed on it any
sunscreening device or material in violation of this chapter shall be
fined not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250).


31-23.3-6 Vehicles with existing sunscreening materials.
The owners of all motor vehicles who have sunscreening material in
their motor vehicle in violation of the provisions of this chapter
shall have until January 1, 1994 to remove said material before they
may be found in violation of the provisions of this chapter; provided,
however, an owner of a motor vehicle shall not be required to remove
any sunscreening material if said material was initially installed by
the motor vehicle manufacturer and was purchased prior to
December 1, 1993.

South Carolina

"Section 56-5-5015. (A)  No person may operate a
motor vehicle that is required to be registered in this State on any
public highway, road, or street that has a sunscreen device on the
windshield, the front side wings, and side windows adjacent to the
right and left of the driver and windows to the rear of the driver
that do not meet the requirements of this section.  If no after-factory
installed sunscreen device has been added to the window
surface, the provisions of this section regarding light
transmittance do not apply.

(B) A sunscreening device must be nonreflective and may not
be red, yellow, or amber in color.  A sunscreening device may be
used only along the top of the windshield and may not extend
downward beyond the AS1 line.  If the AS1 line is not visible, no
sunscreening device may be applied to the windshield.

(C) A single sunscreening device may be installed on the side
wings or side windows, or both, located at the immediate right
and left of the driver and the side windows behind the driver.  The
sunscreening device must be nonreflective and the combined light
transmission of the sunscreening device with the factory or
manufacturer installed sunscreening material must not be less than
twenty-seven percent.

(D) (1) A sunscreening device to be applied to the rear-most
window must be nonreflective and have a light transmission of not
less than twenty percent.  If a sunscreening device is used on the
rear-most window, one right and one left outside rearview mirror
is required.

   (2)   Beginning January 1, 1993, a single sunscreening
device to be applied to the rear-most window must be
nonreflective and the combined light transmission of the
sunscreening device with the factory or manufacturer installed
sunscreening material must not be less than twenty-seven percent.
If a sunscreening device is used on the rear-most window, one
right and one left outside rearview mirror is required.

   (3)   A motor vehicle with a sunscreening device which
complied with the requirements of item (1) at the time of
installation is not considered to be in violation of this section on
January 1, 1993, so long as the original sunscreen device is in
place.

(E) Each vehicle equipped with an after-factory sunscreening
device, whether installed by a consumer or professional window
tinter, at all times must bear a certificate of compliance.  The
certificate of compliance must be of a size and form prescribed by
the department.  Each certificate of compliance must be properly
attached to the vehicle on the inside and lower right hand corner
of each window containing an after-factory installed sunscreen
device and must contain the following information:

   (1)   the percentage of light transmission allowed by the
sunscreening device;

   (2)   the identity of the installer by name, address, and
telephone number; and

   (3)   date of installation.

(F) Sunscreening devices offered for sale or use in South
Carolina must include instructions with the product or material for
proper installation.  The manufacturer of the sunscreen device
offered for sale or use in South Carolina must provide the
certificate of compliance specified in subsection (E) and
instructions for affixing it to the sunscreen device.

(G) No person may:

   (1)   offer for sale or for use any sunscreening product or
material for motor vehicle use not in compliance with this section;


   (2)   install any sunscreening product or material on
vehicles titled for use on public roads without permanently
affixing the certificate of compliance specified in this section.

A professional window tinter who violates the provisions of
subsections (E) or (G) is guilty of a misdemeanor triable in
magistrate's court and, upon conviction, must be fined not less
than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days,
or both, for each offense.  A consumer who violates the provisions
of subsection (E) or (G) is guilty of a misdemeanor triable in
magistrate's court and, upon conviction, must be fined not less
than two hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days
for each offense.

(H) The provisions of this section do not apply to a motor
vehicle registered in this State in the name of a person, or the
person's legal guardian, who has an affidavit signed by a
physician or an optometrist licensed to practice in this State that
states that the person has a physical condition that makes it
necessary to equip the motor vehicle with sunscreening material
which would be of a light transmittance or luminous reflectance in
violation of this section.  The affidavit must be in the vehicle at all
times during its operation and must be produced at the request of a
law enforcement officer.  The affidavit must be updated every two
years.

(I)  The light transmittance requirement of this section
applies to windows behind the driver on pickup trucks, but does
not apply to windows behind the driver on other trucks, buses,
trailers, mobile homes, multipurpose passenger vehicles, and
recreational vehicles.

(J) As used in this section:

    (1)  `Sunscreening device' means a film material or device
that is designed to be used in conjunction with motor vehicle
safety glazing materials for reducing the effects of the sun.

    (2)  `Light transmission' means the ratio of the amount of
total visible light to pass through a product or material to the
amount of the total light falling on the product or material.

    (3)  `Luminous reflectant' means the ratio of the amount of
total light that is reflected outward by the product or material to
the amount of the total light falling on the product or materials.


    (4)  `Nonreflective' means a product or material primarily
designed to absorb light rather than to reflect it.

    (5)  `Multipurpose passenger vehicle' means a vehicle
with motive power designed to carry ten persons or less which is
constructed either on a truck chassis or with special features for
occasional off-road operation.

    (6)  `Motor home' means a vehicular unit designed to
provide temporary living quarters built into and an integral part of
or permanently attached to a self-propelled motor vehicle
chassis.

    (7)  `Truck' means a vehicle with motive power designed
primarily for the transportation of property or special purpose
equipment.

    (8)  `Bus' means a vehicle with motive power designed for
carrying more than ten persons.

    (9)  `Manufacturer' means a person engaged in the
manufacturing or assembling of sunscreening products or
materials designed to be used in conjunction with vehicle glazing
materials for the purpose of reducing the effects of the sun.

   (10)  `Recreational vehicle' means a self-propelled or towed
vehicle that is equipped to serve as temporary living quarters for
recreational, camping, or travel purposes, and is used solely as a
family/personal conveyance.

   (11)  `AS1' means a glazing material position marking as
defined in 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 571.205,
Subsection S5.1.1.

   (12)  `Trailer' means every vehicle without motive power
designed to carry persons or property, and for being drawn by a
motor vehicle and constructed so that no part of its weight rests
upon the towing vehicle.

   (13)  `Professional window tinter' means a person who
installs sunscreening devices for profit.

(K) A person who owns or operates a motor vehicle in
violation of the provisions of this section is guilty of a
misdemeanor triable in magistrate's court and, upon conviction,
must be fined not more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned
not more than thirty days.

(L) The department shall promulgate regulations prescribing
enforcement, including, but not limited to, the procedure and
mechanism for testing light transmittance.  Inspection stations
must not be required to test light transmittance for purposes of
enforcement of this section."

South Dakota

TITLE 32. MOTOR VEHICLES
CHAPTER 32-15. VEHICLE AND ACCESSORY SPECIFICATIONS

32-15-2.4. One-way glass, adhesive film, or other glaze in windshield or front side windows prohibited - Violation as misdemeanor.


No motor vehicle required to be registered in this state and which is operated on the highways of this state may be equipped with one-way glass or any adhesive film or other glaze or application on or in the front windshield, side wing vents, or side windows on either side forward of or adjacent to the operator's seat, which reduces the light transmittance of such windows to the combined level below thirty-five percent, with an enforcement tolerance of nine percent. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.


Source: SL 1988, ch 257, 1; 1989, ch 255, 231; 1994, ch 257, 1.

32-15-2.5. One-way glass, adhesive film or other glaze in rear window prohibited - Violation as misdemeanor.


No motor vehicle required to be registered in this state and which is operated on the highways of this state may be equipped with one-way glass, adhesive film or other glaze in the rear windows behind the operators seat that reduces light transmission below twenty percent, with an enforcement tolerance of nine percent. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.


Source: SL 1988, ch 257, 2; 1989, ch 255, 232; 1994, ch 257, 2.

32-15-2.6. Definition of terms.


Terms used in this chapter mean:

(1) "Light transmission," the ratio of the amount of total light to pass through a product or material to the amount of total light falling on the product or material and the glazing;

(2) "Dealer," any person who engages in the manufacture of or installation of a film, glaze or application for motor vehicle windshields and windows or fabricates, laminates, or tempers a safety glazing material during the manufacturing or installation process to incorporate the capacity to reflect or reduce the transmission of light.


Source: SL 1989, ch 268, 1.

32-15-2.7. Manufacturer certification of compliance with light transmission specifications.


Each manufacturer of film, glaze, or other application for a motor vehicle windshield or window shall certify to the department of commerce and regulation that the film, glaze or application the manufacturer makes or installs complies with the light transmission specifications of 32-15-2.4 and 32-15-2.5.

Texas

https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/InternetForms/Forms/VI-87.pdf Note page 4-28, Item 20-32 Texas Laws Concerning Sunscreening Devices Section 547.613 of the Texas Transportation Code makes it a misdemeanor to operate a vehicle with an object or material (including a sunscreening device) attached to the windshield, rear, or side windows that obstructs or reduces the driver's visibility. Section 547.613 also makes it a misdemeanor for any person to apply any material (including a sunscreening device) that changes the color or reduces the light transmission of any vehicle window. Passenger Cars Trucks - 1988 & Newer SUV - 1988 & Newer Windshield Sunscreening devices cannot be applied to the windshield unless the conditions below are met. 1. Sunscreening devices must be applied above the AS-1 line. If there is no AS-1 line, sunscreening devices must end five inches below the top of the windshield. If the AS-1 line is less than five inches from the top of the windshield, it will mark the end of the permissible area. If the AS-1 line is more than five inches from the top pf the windshield the five inch measurement will mark the end of the permissible area. 2. Sunscreening devices may not be red, amber, or blue in color. 3. Sunscreening devices, when measured in combination with the original glass, must have a light transmittance value of 25% or more. 4. Sunscreening devices, when measured in combination with the original glass, must have a luminous reflectance value of 25% or less. Side Windows to The Right and Left of The Driver Sunscreening devices can be applied to the side windows to the right and left of the driver if the following conditions are met. 1. Sunscreening devices, when measured in combination with the original glass, have a light transmittance value of 25% or more. 2. Sunscreening devices, when measured in combination with the original glass, have a luminous reflectance value of 25% or less. Side Windows to The Rear of The Driver (Revised September 1, 2009) These windows are completely exempted from regulation under the Texas Transportation Code. Reference Legislation: Senate Bill 589 Rear Window A sunscreening device can be applied to the rear window of the vehicle if the following conditions are met. 1. If a motor vehicle is equipped with an outside mirror on each side of the vehicle that reflects to the vehicle operator a view of the roadway for a distance of at least 200 feet from the rear of the vehicle then there are no restrictions regarding the sunscreening devices applied to the rear window. 2. If a motor vehicle is not equipped with such mirrors then the rear window must meet the following standards: * Sunscreening devices, when measured in combination with the original glass, must have a light transmittance value of 25% or more. * Sunscreening devices, when measured in combination with the original glass, must have a luminous reflectance value of 25% or less.

Utah

Utah Window Tint Law

41-6-149. Windshields and windows --
  Obstructions reducing visibility --
  Wipers -- Prohibitions.

(1) Except as provided in Subsections (2) and (3), a person may not
   operate a motor vehicle with:
   (a) a windshield that allows less than 70% light transmittance;
   (b) a front side window that allows less than 43% light transmittance;
   (c) any windshield or window that is composed of, covered by, or treated
       with any material or component that presents a metallic or mirrored
       appearance; or
   (d) any sign, poster, or other nontransparent material on the windshield,
       sidewings or side windows of the motor vehicle other than a
       certificate or other paper required to be so displayed by law.

(2) Nontransparent materials may be used:
   (a) along the top edge of the windshield if the materials do not extend
       downward more than four inches from the top edge of the windshield
       or beyond the AS-1 line whichever is lowest;
   (b) in the lower left-hand corner of the rear window provided they do
       not extend more than three inches to the right of the left edge or
       more than four inches above the bottom edge of the window.
   (c) on the rear windows.

(3) A windshield or other window is considered to comply with the
   requirements of Subsection (1) if the windshield or other window
   meets the federal statutes and regulations for motor vehicle window
   composition, covering, light transmission, and treatment.

(4) Except for material used on the windshield in compliance with Subsections
   (2)(a) and (b), a motor vehicle with tinting or nontransparent material
   on any window shall be equipped with rear-view mirrors mounted on the
   left side and on the right side of the motor vehicle to reflect to the
   driver a view of the highway to the rear of the motor vehicle.

(5)
   (a) The windshield on every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a device
       for cleaning rain, snow, or other moisture from the windshield. The
       device shall be constructed to be operated by the driver.
   (b) Every windshield wiper on a motor vehicle shall be maintained in good
       working order.

(6)
   (a) A person may not have for sale, sell, offer for sale, install, cover,
       or treat a windshield or window in violation of this section.
   (b) A person who violates this section is guilty of a class C misdemeanor.

(7) Notwithstanding this section, any person subject to the federal Motor
   Vehicle Safety Standards, including motor vehicle manufacturers,
   distributors, dealers, importers, and repair businesses, shall comply
   with the federal standards on motor vehicle window tinting.

Virginia

46.2-1052 Virginia Window Tint Law

Signs, decals, and stickers on windshields, etc.; penalties

A. Except as otherwise provided in this article or permitted by federal law, it shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle on a highway with any sign, poster, colored or tinted film, sun-shading material, or other colored material on the windshield, front or rear side windows, or rear windows of such motor vehicle. This provision, however, shall not apply to any certificate or other paper required by law or permitted by the Superintendent to be placed on a motor vehicle's windshield or window.

The size of stickers or decals used by counties, cities, and towns in lieu of license plates shall be in compliance with regulations promulgated by the Superintendent. At the option of the motor vehicle's owner, such stickers shall be affixed either at the upper edge of the center of the windshield or at some other place which may be designated by the Superintendent.

B. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, whenever a motor vehicle is equipped with a mirror on each side of such vehicle, so located as to reflect to the driver of such vehicle a view of the highway for at least 200 feet to the rear of such vehicle, any or all of the following shall be lawful:

1. To drive a motor vehicle equipped with one optically grooved clear plastic right-angle rear view lens attached to one rear window of such motor vehicle, not exceeding eighteen inches in diameter in the case of a circular lens or not exceeding eleven inches by fourteen inches in the case of a rectangular lens, which enables the driver of the motor vehicle to view below the line of sight as viewed through the rear window;

2. To have affixed to the rear side windows, rear window or windows of a motor vehicle any sticker or stickers, regardless of size; or

3. To drive a motor vehicle when the driver's clear view of the highway through the rear window or windows is otherwise obstructed.

C. Except as provided in 46.2-1053, but notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, no sun-shading or tinting film may be applied or affixed to any window of a motor vehicle unless such motor vehicle is equipped with a mirror on each side of such motor vehicle, so located as to reflect to the driver of the vehicle a view of the highway for at least 200 feet to the rear of such vehicle, and the sun-shading or tinting film is applied or affixed in accordance with the following:

1. No sun-shading or tinting films may be applied or affixed to the rear side windows or rear window or windows of any motor vehicle operated on the highways of this Commonwealth that reduces the total light transmittance of such window to less than thirty-five percent;

2. No sun-shading or tinting films may be applied or affixed to the front side windows of any motor vehicle operated on the highways of this Commonwealth that reduces total light transmittance of such window to less than fifty percent;

3. No sun-shading or tinting films shall be applied or affixed to any window of a motor vehicle that has a reflectance of light exceeding twenty percent;

4. Any person who operates a motor vehicle on the highways of this Commonwealth with sun-shading or tinting films that has a total light transmittance less than that required by subdivisions 1 and 2 of this subsection or a reflectance of light exceeding twenty percent shall be guilty of a traffic infraction but shall not be awarded any demerit points by the Commissioner for the violation;

5. Any person or firm who applies or affixes to the windows of any motor vehicle in Virginia sun-shading or tinting films that reduce the light transmittance to levels less than that allowed in subdivisions 1 and 2 of this subsection or that have a reflectance of light exceeding twenty percent shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor for the first offense and of a Class 2 misdemeanor for any subsequent offense;

D. The Division of Purchases and Supply, pursuant to 2.1-446, shall determine the proper standards for equipment or devices used to measure light transmittance through windows of motor vehicles. Law-enforcement officers shall use only such equipment or devices to measure light transmittance through windows that meet the standards established by the Division. Such measurements made by law-enforcement officers shall be given a tolerance of minus seven percentage points.

E. No film or darkening material may be applied on the windshield except to replace the sunshield in the uppermost area as installed by the manufacturer of the vehicle.

F. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the affixing to the rear window of a motor vehicle of a single sticker no larger than twenty square inches if such sticker is totally contained within the lower five inches of the glass of the rear window, nor shall subsection B of this section apply to a motor vehicle to which but one such sticker is so affixed.

G. Nothing in this section shall prohibit applying to the rear side windows or rear window of any multi-purpose passenger vehicle or pickup truck sun-shading or tinting films that reduce the total light transmittance of such window or windows below thirty-five percent.

H. As used in this article: "front side windows" means those windows located adjacent to and forward of the driver's seat; "rear side windows" means those windows located to the rear of the driver's seat; "rear window" or "rear windows" means those windows which are located to the rear of the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle and which are approximately parallel to the windshield; "multi-purpose passenger vehicle" means any motor vehicle that is (i) designed to carry no more than ten persons and (ii) constructed either on a truck chassis or with special features for occasional off-road use.

I. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, sun-shading material which was applied or installed prior to July 1, 1987, in a manner and on which windows not then in violation of Virginia law, shall continue to be lawful, provided that it can be shown by appropriate receipts that such material was installed prior to July 1, 1987.

J. Where a person is convicted within one year of a second or subsequent violation of this section involving the operation of the same vehicle having a tinted or smoked windshield, the court, in addition to any other penalty, may order the person so convicted to remove such tinted or smoked windshield from the vehicle.

K. The provisions of this section shall not apply to law-enforcement vehicles.

L. The provisions of Subdivision C 1 of this section shall not apply to sight-seeing carriers as defined in \047 46.2-2200 and limousine and executive sedan carriers as deined in \047 46.2-2500.

Washington

RCW 46.37.430  Safety glazing--Sunscreening or coloring.  (1)
No person may sell any new motor vehicle as specified in this
title, nor may any new motor vehicle as specified in this title be
registered unless such vehicle is equipped with safety glazing
material of a type that meets or exceeds federal standards, or if
there are none, standards approved by the Washington state patrol.
The foregoing provisions apply to all passenger-type motor
vehicles, including passenger buses and school buses, but in
respect to trucks, including truck tractors, the requirements as to
safety glazing material apply to all glazing material used in
doors, windows, and windshields in the drivers' compartments of
such vehicles except as provided by subsection (4) of this section.
    (2) The term "safety glazing materials" means glazing
materials so constructed, treated, or combined with other materials
as to reduce substantially, in comparison with ordinary sheet glass
or plate glass, the likelihood of injury to persons by objects from
exterior sources or by these safety glazing materials when they may
be cracked or broken.
    (3) The director of licensing shall not register any motor
vehicle which is subject to the provisions of this section unless
it is equipped with an approved type of safety glazing material,
and he or she shall suspend the registration of any motor vehicle
so subject to this section which the director finds is not so
equipped until it is made to conform to the requirements of this
section.
    (4) No person may sell or offer for sale, nor may any person
operate a motor vehicle registered in this state which is equipped
with, any camper manufactured after May 23, 1969, unless such
camper is equipped with safety glazing material of a type
conforming to rules adopted by the state patrol wherever glazing
materials are used in outside windows and doors.
    (5) No film sunscreening or coloring material that reduces
light transmittance to any degree may be applied to the surface of
the safety glazing material in a motor vehicle unless it meets the
following standards for such material:
    (a) The maximum level of film sunscreening material to be
applied to any window, except the windshield, shall have a total
reflectance of thirty-five percent or less, plus or minus three
percent, and a light transmission of thirty-five percent or more,
plus or minus three percent, when measured against clear glass
resulting in a minimum of twenty-four percent light transmission on
AS-2 glazing where the vehicle is equipped with outside rearview
mirrors on both the right and left.  Installation of more than a
single sheet of film sunscreening material to any window is
prohibited.  The same maximum levels of film sunscreen material may
be applied to windows to the immediate right and left of the driver
on limousines and passenger buses used to transport persons for
compensation and vehicles identified by the manufacturer as multi-
use, multipurpose, or other similar designation.  All windows to
the rear of the driver on such vehicles may have film sunscreening
material applied that has less than thirty-five percent light
transmittance, if the light reflectance is thirty-five percent or
less and the vehicle is equipped with outside rearview mirrors on
both the right and left.  A person or business tinting windows for
profit who tints windows within restricted areas of the glazing
system shall supply a sticker to be affixed to the driver's door
post, in the area adjacent to the manufacturer's identification
tag.  Installation of this sticker certifies that the glazing
application meets this chapter's standards for light transmission,
reflectance, and placement requirements.  Stickers must be no
smaller than three-quarters of an inch by one and one-half inches,
and no larger than two inches by two and one-half inches.  The
stickers must be of sufficient quality to endure exposure to harsh
climate conditions.  The business name and state tax identification
number of the installer must be clearly visible on the sticker.
    (b) A greater degree of light reduction is permitted on all
windows and the top six inches of windshields of a vehicle operated
by or carrying as a passenger a person who possesses a written
verification from a licensed physician that the operator or
passenger must be protected from exposure to sunlight for physical
or medical reasons.
    (c) Windshield application.  A greater degree of light
reduction is permitted on the top six-inch area of a vehicle's
windshield.  Clear film sunscreening material that reduces or
eliminates ultraviolet light may be applied to windshields.
    (d) When film sunscreening material is applied to any window
except the windshield, outside mirrors on both the left and right
sides shall be located so as to reflect to the driver a view of the
roadway, through each mirror, a distance of at least two hundred
feet to the rear of the vehicle.
    (e) The following types of film sunscreening material are not
permitted:
    (i) Mirror finish products;
    (ii) Red, gold, yellow, or black material; or
    (iii) Film sunscreening material that is in liquid
preapplication form and brushed or sprayed on.
    Nothing in this section prohibits the use of shaded or heat-
absorbing safety glazing material in which the shading or heat-
absorbing characteristics have been applied at the time of
manufacture of the safety glazing material and which meet federal
standards and the standards of the state patrol for such safety
glazing materials.
    (6) It is a traffic infraction for any person to operate a
vehicle for use on the public highways of this state, if the
vehicle is equipped with film sunscreening or coloring material in
violation of this section.
    (7) Owners of vehicles with film sunscreening material applied
to windows to the rear of the driver, prior to June 7, 1990, must
comply with the requirements of this section and RCW 46.37.435 by
July 1, 1993.  [1993 c 384 1; 1990 c 95 1; 1989 c 210 1; 1987
c 330 723; 1986 c 113 5; 1985 c 304 1; 1979 c 158 157; 1969
ex.s. c 281 47; 1961 c 12 46.37.430.  Prior:  1955 c 269 43;
prior:  1947 c 220 1; 1937 c 189 40; Rem. Supp. 1947 6360-40;
RCW 46.36.090.]

Wisconsin Tint law

Trans 305.32  Vent, side and rear windows.
(1) All glass used in vent, side or rear windows shall be safety glass
     and shall be plainly marked to identify it as safety glass, or a
     certification from the glass supplier stating that the glass is
     approved safety glass shall be carried in the vehicle during operation
     or vehicle inspection, or both. All glazing in the vent, side or
     rear windows shall be free of sharp edges severe enough to cause
     injury, cracks, etching, damage or other conditions which distort
     or interfere with vision.

(2) All front side windows in the driver's compartment which need to
     open for the making of arm signals shall operate so as to permit
     the making of arm signals.

(3) The vent and front side windows may not have cloudiness or etching
     in excess of 2 inches from any edge. The rear window may not have
     cloudiness or etching in excess of 2 inches from any edge unless
     the vehicle is equipped with an outside rearview mirror on the left
     and right side of the driver's compartment.

(4)(a) The vent and front side windows may not have any sign, poster
or other nontransparent material upon them, other than a certificate
or sticker issued by order of a governmental agency.

    (b) Tinting of the vent and front side windows is permitted as follows:
      1. The windows are tinted by the manufacturer of the glazing and are
  installed as part of the original manufacturing process.

      2. The windows are tinted by the application of tinting film to
  the inside of the glazing provided that the combination of the
  glazing and tinting film permits passage through the windows
  of at least 50% of the visible light striking the windows.
  Tinting films permitted under this subdivision may not be
nbsp; reflective.

      3. The windows are tinted, upon the recommendation of a physician
  or a Christian Science practitioner treating the owner, or an
  immediate family member of the owner of the vehicle, by the
  application of tinting film to the inside of the glazing provided
  that the combination of the glazing and tinting film permits
  passage through the windows of at least 35% of the visible light
  striking the windows.  Tinting films permitted under this
  subdivision may not be reflective. A written statement from the
  treating physician or Christian Science practitioner which
  identifies the patient, the medical condition justifying the
  recommendation, whether the condition is temporary or permanent
  and the vehicle to which the recommendation applies, including
  the make, model, year and vehicle identification number, shall
  be carried in the vehicle at all times. Tinting film applied
  under this subparagraph shall be removed when a vehicle covered
  by the recommendation is sold, when the person for whom a
  recommendation was made no longer resides in the household of
  the owner of the vehicle or when the duration of a temporary
  condition which is the basis for a recommendation has expired.

(5)(a) The rear window may not have any sign, poster or other
nontransparent material upon it, other than a certificate or
sticker issued by order of a governmental agency.

    (b) Tinting of the rear window is permitted as follows:

      1. The window is tinted by the manufacturer of the glazing and
  is installed as part of the original manufacturing process.

      2. The window is tinted by the application of tinting film to the
  inside of the glazing provided that the combination of the
  glazing and tinting film permits passage through the window of
  at least 35% of the visible light striking the window. The
  tinting films permitted under this subdivision may not be
  reflective.

      3. If a rear window does not transmit at least 60% of the visible
  light striking the window, the vehicle shall be equipped with
  an outside rearview mirror on the left and right side of the
  driver's compartment.

(6) Tinting of rear side windows is permitted as follows:
    (a) The windows are tinted by the manufacturer of the glazing and
are installed as part of the original manufacturing process.

    (b) The windows are tinted by the application of tinting film to the
inside of the glazing provided that the combination of the glazing
and tinting film permits passage through the windows of at least
35% of the visible light striking the window. The tinting films
permitted under this subdivision may not be reflective.

(7) When measuring total light transmittance under subs. (4) (b), (5) (b)
     and (6), law enforcement officers shall allow a tolerance of 3%.

History:  Cr. Register, February, 1996, No. 482, eff. 3-1-96.

Trans 305.34  Windshields.
(1) Every motor vehicle manufactured after January 1, 1936, shall have a
     windshield made of safety glass. Such glass shall be plainly marked
     to identify it as safety glass or a certification from the glass
     supplier stating that the glass is approved safety glass shall be
     carried in the vehicle during operation or vehicle inspection, or both.

(2) The windshield shall be of sufficient size to provide adequate
     protection for the driver and shall be in place when operating
     on a highway.

(3) The windshield may not be excessively cracked or damaged. A
     windshield is excessively cracked or damaged if:

   (a) The windshield has a crack inside, or which extends inside, the
       windshield critical area.

   (b) The windshield has cracks which extend into any area more than
       8 inches from the frame.

   (c) The windshield has stone or shot damage with a diameter in excess
       of 1/2 inch in the windshield critical area or in excess of
       11/2 inches in diameter in any other area.

(4) The windshield may not have etching, scratches, abrasion or repairs
     of any type which impair or distort vision within the windshield
     critical area.

(5) The windshield may not have cloudiness or etching in excess of one
     inch around the outside edge on the driver's side or in excess of 2
     inches on the passenger's side.

(6) Nothing may be placed or suspended in or on the vehicle or windshield
     so as to obstruct the driver's clear vision through the windshield.
     There may not be any posters, stickers or other nontransparent
     material, other than a certificate or sticker issued by order of a
     governmental agency, located on the windshield or located between the
     driver and the windshield. This subsection does not prohibit the
     following:

   (a) Attachment of an inside rearview mirror in accordance with
       s.Trans305.26 .

   (b) Windshields tinted by the manufacturer of the glazing and installed
       as part of the original manufacturing process.

   (c) Application of window tinting film or other nontransparent
       material to the inside of the windshield if it is attached only
       to that portion of the windshield which is both outside the critical
       area and above the horizontal line delineated by the mark "A"
       or "A." If no such mark was affixed to the windshield by its
       manufacturer, no window tinting film may be attached to the
       windshield.

Wyoming

ORIGINAL HOUSE
BILL NO. 0011 by Rep. Ray Harrison

ENROLLED ACT NO. 30, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

FIFTY-THIRD LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WYOMING
1996 BUDGET SESSION




AN ACT relating to vehicle window tinting; establishing
requirements for sunscreening devices applied to motor
vehicle windows; providing exceptions as specified;
providing definitions; and providing for an effective date.

Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Wyoming:

    Section 1.  W.S. 31-5-962 is created to read:

31-5-962.  Sunscreening devices.

(a)  As used in this section:

(i)  "Dealer" means any person or business engaged
in the distribution or installation of sunscreening products
or materials designed to be used in conjunction with vehicle
glazing materials for the purpose of reducing the effects of
the sun;

(ii)  "Light transmission" means the ratio of the
amount of total light to pass through a product or material
to the amount of the total light falling on the product or
material;

(iii)  "Luminous reflectance" means the ratio of
the amount of total light that is reflected outward by the
product or material to the amount of the total light falling
on the product or materials;

(iv)  "Multipurpose passenger vehicle" means a
motor vehicle designed to carry ten (10) persons or less
which is constructed either on a truck chassis or with
special features for occasional off-road operation;

(v)  "Nonreflective" means a product or material
designed to absorb light rather than to reflect it;

(vi)  "Sunscreening device" means film material or
device that is designed to be used in conjunction with motor
vehicle safety glazing materials for reducing the effects of
the sun.

    (b)  No person may operate an enclosed motor vehicle
that is registered or required to be registered in this
state on any public highway, road or street that has a
sunscreen device on the windshield, the front side wings and
side windows adjacent to the right and left of the driver
and windows adjacent to the rear of the driver that do not
meet the requirements of this section.

    (c)  A sunscreening device when used in conjunction
with the windshield shall be a nonreflective type and may
not be red, yellow or amber in color.  A sunscreening device
may  be  used  only  along the top  of  the  windshield  and
may not
extend downward beyond the AS-1 line or more than five (5)
inches from the top of the windshield, whichever is closer
to the top of the windshield.

    (d)  A sunscreening device, when used in conjunction
with the safety glazing materials of the side wings or side
windows, or both, located at the immediate right and left of
the driver, shall be a nonreflective type and have total
light transmission through both the sunscreening device and
glazing of not less than twenty-eight percent (28%).

    (e)  A sunscreening device, when used in conjunction
with the safety glazing materials of the side windows behind
the driver and the rearmost window, shall be a nonreflective
type and have total light transmission through both the
sunscreening device and glazing of not less than twenty-
eight percent (28%).

    (f)  No sunscreening device or tinting film may be
applied or affixed to any window of a motor vehicle that has
a luminous reflectance of light exceeding twenty percent
(20%).

    (g)  If any sunscreen device or tinting film is added
to any windows behind the operator, one (1) left and one (1)
right outside rearview mirror shall be required.

    (h)  The requirements of this section shall not apply
to windows behind the driver of trucks, buses, motor homes,
ambulances, limousines and multipurpose passenger vehicles,
to windshields on motorcycles or motor-driven cycles.
Except as provided in subsection (g) of this section,
vehicle windows with a sunscreen device or tinting film
applied prior to July 1, 1996 which do not meet the
specifications established by this section shall be in
violation after December 31, 1996.

    (j)  Notwithstanding the requirements of subsections
(e) and (f) of this section, any sunscreening device applied
prior to July 1, 1996, when used in conjunction with the
safety glazing materials of the side wings or side windows
located at the immediate right and left of the driver, the
side windows behind the driver and the rearmost window shall
be of a nonreflective type and have total light transmission
through both the sunscreening device and the glazing of not
less than thirteen percent (13%).

    (k)  No person or firm may apply or affix to the
windows of any motor vehicle in this state, a sunscreen
device or tinting film that is not in compliance with the
requirements of this section.

    (m)  Notwithstanding the requirements of this section,
a motor vehicle operated by or regularly used to transport
any person with a medical condition which renders him
susceptible to harm or injury from exposure to sunlight or
bright artificial light may be equipped, on its windshield
and any or all of its windows, with sun shading or tinting
films or applications which reduce the transmission of light
into the vehicle to levels not less than twenty-five percent
(25%).  The sun shading or tinting film when applied to the
windshield of a motor vehicle shall not cause the total
light transmittance to be reduced to any level less than
seventy percent (70%), except for the upper five (5) inches
of the windshield or the AS-1 line, whichever is closer to
the top of the windshield.  Vehicles equipped with sun
shading or tinting films as provided in this subsection
shall not be operated on any highway unless the driver or an
occupant of the vehicle has in his possession a certificate
issued by the director authorizing such operation. The
director shall issue the certificate only upon receipt of a
signed statement from a licensed physician or licensed
optometrist identifying the person seeking the certificate
and stating that, in the physician's or optometrist's
professional opinion, the equipping of a vehicle with sun
shading or tinting films or applications is necessary to
safeguard the health of the person seeking the certificate.
Certificates issued by the director under this subsection
shall be valid so long as the condition requiring the use of
sun shading or tinting films or applications persists or
until the vehicle is sold, whichever first occurs.  In the
discretion of the director, one (1) or more certificates may
be issued to an individual or a family.

    Section 2.  This act is effective July 1, 1996.

Updated: October 19 2010




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