Colorado Window Tint Laws with Exceptions & Penalties [2021]

Quick Answer: Colorado Window Tint Laws

In Colorado, for sedans, SUVs and vans, non-reflective window tint with 70% VLT is allowed on the top four inches of the windshield. For the front, rear, and back windows, minimum 27% tint darkness is allowed. The tint must be non-reflective. Medical exemptions for special tints are not granted. For more details, check out the article below.

Window tinting is helpful in reducing the amount of sunlight and other visible lights that enter the vehicle, reducing glare and heat generated.

The car window tinting laws were enacted in Colorado in 1995. The laws are regulated by the Colorado State Patrol.

In this article, we provide and explain the window tint laws for cars in the state of Colorado (CO), USA.

The information on this article is based on the latest information and in accordance with the regulations provided by the authorities at Colorado State Patrol and the International Window Film Association in March 2020.

Colorado Window Tinting Laws

Car window tint films are provided to cars and multipurpose vehicles (MPVs) for various purposes, including the privacy of the driver and the passengers, medical, and legal purposes.

The tint of a car window is determined by its VLT, or the Visible Light Transformation. It is the percentage of light that a window tint film allows to pass through your car windows.

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

The percentage of light allowed through your film and glass in Colorado is specific and different for different kinds of cars, be it a passenger vehicle or a multipurpose vehicle.

Tint Darkness for Sedans

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

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint with up to 70% VLT is allowed on the top four (04) inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side Windows: Minimum 27% of the outside light must be allowed inside. In other words, the windows are allowed up to 27% VLT or tint darkness.
  • Rear Windows: Minimum 27% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
  • Back Side Windows: Minimum 27% of the outside light must be allowed inside.

Tint Darkness for SUVs and vans

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

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint with up to 70% VLT is allowed on the top four (04) inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side Windows: Minimum 27% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
  • Rear Windows: Minimum 27% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
  • Back Side Windows: Minimum 27% of the outside light must be allowed inside.

Additionally, if the front side windows and windshield have over 70% tint darkness, the rear and the back windows may have any tint darkness.

Windows Tint Reflection Laws in Colorado

The window tint reflection helps in reflecting incoming light from the environment, reducing the glare and heat generated by it.

These tinted films contain metallic elements that create a reflective effect.

Tint Reflections for Sedans

The following are the tint reflection laws for sedans in Colorado.

  • Front Side Windows: The windows must be non-reflective and should not have a mirrored or metallic appearance.
  • Back Side Windows: The windows must be non-reflective and should not have a mirrored or metallic appearance.

Tint Reflections for SUVs and vans

The following are the tint reflection laws for SUVs and vans in Colorado.

  • Front Side Windows: The windows must be non-reflective and should not have a mirrored or metallic appearance.
  • Back Side Windows: The windows must be non-reflective and should not have a mirrored or metallic appearance.

Other Window Tint Rules in Colorado

There are some other rules for cars regarding the manufacturer certificate, sticker to identify legal exceptions, medical exemptions, and so on.

Motor vehicles registered outside Colorado but operated in Colorado are required to have windows (other than windshield) to transmit at least 20% of light.

Side mirrors: Left and right side mirrors are required If the back windows are tinted.

Certificates: Certification of the tinted film by manufacturers is not required in Colorado.

Stickers: Although recommended by the state, any sticker to identify legal tinting is not required.

Medical Exceptions: Colorado does not provide medical exemptions for special tints.

Color Rules Related to Window Tints in Colorado

For some purposes, the car’s windows may have a colored tint. Some states have restrictions on the colors that can be used.

The state of Colorado restricts the colors RED and AMBER. Other colors are allowed.

Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws in Colorado

Exemptions for special window tints are allowed for medical reasons in several states.

They are provided to citizens with medical conditions that require them to be shielded from the direct rays of the sun.

The state of Colorado does not provide any medical exemptions for special tints.

Penalty for Breaking Colorado Window Tinting Laws

Failure to comply with the above laws may lead to a penalty in the form of a Class B traffic infraction or a misdemeanor with $500-$5000 fine.

Summary

These are the laws for window tint films for vehicles to be followed in the state of Colorado, USA. If you have any questions or comments, please comment down below or email us.

Motor vehicle laws change often, and while we constantly update our articles, we encourage you to contact your state police for further inquiries.

Visit here for window tint laws in other US states.

Hayden Moore

A father of two, Hayden loves to work on DIY projects (some are successful, some are not). His favorite place to be in is his garage.

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