Alaska Window Tint Laws With Penalties & Exceptions [2021]

In Brief: Alaska Window Tint Laws

In Alaska, for sedans, SUVs, and vans, on the windshield, non-reflective tint is allowed on the top five (05) inches. The front side windows must have minimum 70% tint darkness. The backside and rear side windows must have minimum 40% tint 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 Alaska in 1994. The Alaska State Legislature and Department of Public Safety provide guidance and regulates these laws.

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

This article is based on the latest guidelines and matches the policies at the Alaska Department of Public Safety and the International Window Film Association in March 2020.

Alaska Window Tinting Laws

Window tints provide sun defense 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.

A higher VLT allows more light to pass through the window, while a lower VLT allows a lesser amount of light.

The percentage of light allowed by law through your window in Alaska 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 Alaska.

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top five (05) inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side Windows: Minimum 70% of the outside light must be allowed inside. In other words, the windows are allowed up to 70% VLT or tint darkness.
  • Rear Windows: Minimum 40% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
  • Back Side Windows: Minimum 40% 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 Alaska.

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top five (05) inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side Windows: Minimum 70% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
  • Rear Windows: Minimum 40% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
  • Back Side Windows: Minimum 40% of the outside light must be allowed inside.

Windows Tint Reflection Laws in Alaska

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 Alaska.

Front Side Windows: The windows must not have any metallic or mirrored effect.
Back Side Windows: The windows must not have any metallic or mirrored effect.

Tint Reflections for SUVs and vans

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

Front Side Windows: The windows must not have any metallic or mirrored effect.
Back Side Windows: The windows must not have any metallic or mirrored effect.

Other Window Tint Rules in Alaska

Here, we simplify the additional rules in Alaska 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 Alaska.
  • Certificates: Certification of the tinted film by manufacturers is not required in Alaska.
  • Tint Variance: The state of Alaska allows a window tint variance of 3%.
  • Stickers: In Alaska, any sticker to identify certified tinting is not required.
  • Medical Exceptions: Alaska provides medical exemptions for special tints. Please see Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws.

Color Rules Related to Window Tints in Alaska

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

The state of Alaska restricts the colors RED, YELLOW, and AMBER as tints. Other colors are allowed.

Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws in Alaska

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 driver or passenger who frequently travels in the vehicle can apply for a medical exemption if they must be shielded from the direct rays of the sun.

A certification from a physician licensed to practice in the state is required. The certification must be present in the vehicle at all times.

The exemption must be renewed every year by an Alaska-licensed physician.

Penalty for Breaking Alaska Window Tinting Laws

Failure to comply with the above laws will result in the person charged with a fine of $300. The fine in Anchorage is $500.

Summary

This article simplifies the guidelines for window tints in the state of Alaska.

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 contact 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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