Louisiana Window Tint Laws With Exceptions & Penalties [2021]

In Brief: Louisiana Window Tint Laws

In Louisiana, for sedans, SUVs, and vans, on the windshield, non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line. The front windows must have minimum 40% tint darkness. For sedans, the back must have 25% and rear windows must have minimum 12% tint darkness, while in SUVs and vans, these windows can have any tint darkness. Medical exemptions are provided. For more details, check out the article below.

Window tinting or sunscreening is essential for protecting yourself from sunlight and heat when driving or traveling in a car. The coated tint helps in reducing external lights entering the vehicle.

The car window tinting laws were enacted in Louisiana in 1993. The laws are regulated by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles.

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

The information on this article is based on the latest information and in accordance with the regulations provided by the authorities at the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles and the International Window Film Association in March 2020.

Louisiana Window Tinting Laws

Your car or multipurpose vehicle requires window tinting for various purposes other than protection from the sun, including the privacy of the driver and the passengers, medical, and legal conditions.

The window tint of your car window is easily understood by the Visible Light Transmission or VLT.

It is the percentage of light that a window tint film permits 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 permitted through your film and glass in Louisiana is specific and different for the type of your car, be it a passenger vehicle or a multipurpose vehicle.

Tint Darkness for Sedans

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

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line of the windshield. The AS-1 line extends from the letters AS-1, found on most vehicle windshields, running parallel to the top of the windshield.
  • Front Side Windows: Minimum 40% of the outside light must be allowed inside. In other words, the windows are allowed up to 40% VLT or tint darkness.
  • Rear Windows: Minimum 12% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
  • Back Side Windows: Minimum 25% 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 Louisiana.

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line of the windshield.
  • Front Side Windows: Minimum 40% 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 Louisiana

A reflective window tint for your car, which is permitted in some states, reflects the environmental light on the window, reducing the glare and heat inside the vehicle.

Tint Reflections for Sedans

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

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

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

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 Louisiana

The following are some supplementary rules to be followed in the state of Louisiana regarding the manufacturer certificate, stickers, medical exemptions, and so on.

  • Side mirrors: There are no restrictions on the usage of side mirrors in the state of Louisiana.
  • Certificates: Certification of the tinted film by manufacturers is required in Louisiana. Further information can be obtained from your tint manufacturer.
  • Stickers: In Louisiana, a sticker to identify certified tinting is required between the tint and the glass of the driver’s side window.
  • Medical Exceptions: Louisiana provides medical exemptions for special tints. Please see Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws.

Color Rules Related to Window Tints in Louisiana

You may modify your car’s windows with a colored tint. Some states restrict the colors that can be used.

The state of Louisiana restricts the colors RED and AMBER as tints. Other colors are allowed.

Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws in Louisiana

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

They are provided to the drivers and/or passengers with medical conditions which require them to be protected from the direct rays of the sun while driving.

Citizens who can obtain this exemption are the registered owner, spouse, or immediate family member.

However, the exemption cannot be obtained by a person convicted of certain crimes (the applicant must submit fingerprints).

The special tint approval is provided for a medical condition that makes the individual sensitive to sun exposure.

The affidavit must list the specific condition using ICD-9-CM. If the condition is photophobia, it must document why sunglasses will not be effective and why the window tint will not affect the ability to drive at night.

The restriction does not apply to the windshield unless specifically authorized by the optometrist or physician granting or requesting the medical exemption provided for a patient who is diagnosed with light-sensitive porphyria.

The exemption is reviewed every three years. The tinting must be removed in case of sale or transfer of the vehicle.

Penalty for Breaking Louisiana Window Tinting Laws

Failure to comply with the above laws as a motor vehicle operator will result in a fine, not more than one hundred fifty dollars for a first offense, not more than two hundred fifty dollars for a second offense, and not more than three hundred fifty dollars for a third or subsequent offense.

Summary

We have provided laws for window tint films for vehicles in the state of Louisiana. If you have any questions or valuable input, feel free to comment down below or email us.

While we regularly update our articles, we encourage you to keep up to date with the latest laws by contacting your state department of transportation.

Check other State’s window tint laws here>

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