Alabama Window Tint Laws Explained [2021]

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In Brief: Alabama Window Tint Laws

In Alabama, for sedans, SUVs, and vans, on the windshield, non-reflective tint is allowed on the top six (06) inches. The front side windows must have minimum 32% tint darkness. The backside and rear side windows of sedans must have minimum 32% tint darkness, while those of SUVs and vans may have any darkness. Medical exemptions are provided. For more information, please check out the article below.

Window tinting gives your vehicle protection from sunlight while driving and also reduces the heat inside the car.

The tint also makes the driver and passengers less visible to people outside, giving security in legal cases.

The motor window tinting laws were enacted in Alabama in 1996. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency provides and regulates these laws.

In this article, we offer the latest window tint laws for cars in Alabama (AL).

This article is based on the latest guidelines and matches the policies at the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the International Window Film Association in March 2020.

Alabama Window Tinting Laws

Window tints provide protection from sunlight for all kinds of cars. They are also used for protection due to medical conditions, and privacy.

The Visible Light Transmission (VLT) gives the amount of tint darkness on a car’s windows, measured in percentage.

It is explained as the percentage of light that a tint film can allow going through your car windows.

Higher VLT lets in more light to pass through the window, while a lower VLT lets in a lesser amount of light.

The percentage of light allowed by law through your window in Alabama is determined by the type of the vehicle, be it a passenger or a multipurpose vehicle.

Tint Darkness for Sedans

The following are the tint darkness laws for sedans in Alabama.

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top six (06) inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side Windows: Minimum 32% of the outside light must be allowed inside. In other words, the windows are allowed up to 32% VLT or tint darkness.
  • Rear Windows: Minimum 32% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
  • Back Side Windows: Minimum 32% of the outside light must be allowed inside.

Tint Darkness for SUVs and vans

The following are the tint darkness laws for SUVs and vans in Alabama.

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top five (05) inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side Windows: Minimum 32% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
  • Rear Windows: Any tint darkness can be used for these windows.
  • Back Side Windows: Any tint darkness can be used for these windows.

Windows Tint Reflection Laws in Alabama

A reflective modification on your window tint reflects the outside light on the window, reducing the glare and heat inside the vehicle. Some states may or may not permit a reflective window tint.

Tint Reflections for Sedans

Here are the tint reflection laws for sedans in Alabama.

Front Side Windows: The window tints must not cross 20% reflectiveness.
Back Side Windows: The window tints must not cross 20% reflectiveness.

Tint Reflections for SUVs and vans

Here are the tint reflection laws for SUVs and vans in Alabama.

Front Side Windows: The window tints must not cross 20% reflectiveness.
Back Side Windows: The window tints must not cross 20% reflectiveness.

Other Window Tint Rules in Alabama

Here, we abridge the supplementary rules in Alabama for passenger vehicles and MPVs about the manufacturer’s certificate, labels to identify legal exceptions, medical exemptions, and so on.

  • Side mirrors: There are no restrictions on the usage of side mirrors in Alabama.
  • Certificates: Certification of the tinted film by manufacturers is required in Alabama. Please contact the manufacturer of the window tints to confirm their certification.
  • Tint Variance: The state of Alabama allows a window tint variance of 3%.
  • Stickers: In Alabama, a sticker to identify certified tinting is required between the tint film and glass of each window. The label must certify that the windows and windshield are in compliance with the light transmission and light reflectance requirements of the state legislature.
  • Medical Exceptions: Alabama provides medical exemptions for special tints. Please see Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws.

Color Rules Related to Window Tints in Alabama

Your window tints can also be personalized with a colored tint. Some states may not allow all or some tint colors.

The state of Alabama does not restrict any colors. All colors are allowed.

Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws in Alabama

If you have a medical condition that makes you sensitive to sunlight, you can apply for an exemption in many states of US and use a special tint instead of the one generally permitted.

The condition must require the driver or passenger to be shielded from the sun’s direct rays while driving.

The Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) provides exemptions to the vehicle owner or habitual passenger for medical reasons (such as light-sensitive poryphyria) that require them to be shielded from the direct rays of the sun.

The application must be supported by a written statement from a physician licensed to practice medicine in Alabama.

The ALEA designs and provides a decal with a unique identification number to every person who has successfully applied for the exemption.

The label must be placed on the windshield of each motor vehicle.

A fee may be charged for each decal issued. The fee is required to cover the costs of designing the decal and administering the exemption process.

Penalty for Breaking Alabama Window Tinting Laws

A person who violates these laws is guilty of a misdemeanor.

For the first conviction, you may be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100) or by imprisonment for not more than 10 days, or both.

For the second conviction, for an offense committed within one year after the date of the first offense, you may be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars ($200), or imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both.

For a third conviction, for a third or subsequent offense committed within one year after the date of the first offense, you shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or imprisonment for not more than three months, or both.

Summary

This article simplifies the laws for window tints in the state of Alabama.

If you would like to provide comments or have any questions, please post them down below or email us.

While we keep our articles updated as per any revisions, we encourage you to communicate with your state department of public safety or department of motor vehicles for more information.

Check other State’s window tint laws here>

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