Mississippi Window Tint Laws Today [With Exceptions & Penalties]

Quick Answer: Mississippi Window Tint Laws

In Mississippi, for sedans, SUVs and vans, non-reflective window tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line of the windshield. The front windows are allowed minimum 28% tint darkness. The back and rear windows in sedans should have minimum 28% tint darkness. For SUVs and vans, these windows may have any tint darkness. Medical exemptions for special tints are granted. For more details, check out the article below.

Window tinting is a solution for reducing the amount of sunlight and other visible lights that enter the vehicle, reducing glare and heat generated, protecting your eyes and skin.

The car window tinting laws were enacted in Mississippi in 1988 and amended in 2006.

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

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

Mississippi Window Tinting Laws

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

The tint of a car window is measured by its VLT, or the Visible Light Transmission. It is measured by specific devices by the police.

It is the percentage of light that is allowed through a window tint film on 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi.

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed along the top of the windshield above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line. 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 28% of the outside light must be allowed inside. In other words, the windows are allowed up to 28% VLT or tint darkness.
  • Rear Windows: Minimum 28% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
  • Back Side Windows: Minimum 28% 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 Mississippi.

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed along the top of the windshield above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line.
  • Front Side Windows: Minimum 28% 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 Mississippi

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

These tinted films contain metallic components that create this effect.

Tint Reflections for Sedans

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

Front Side Windows: Must not cross 20% reflectiveness.
Back Side Windows: Must not cross 20% reflectiveness.

Tint Reflections for SUVs and vans

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

Front Side Windows: Must not cross 20% reflectiveness.
Back Side Windows: Must not cross 20% reflectiveness.

Other Window Tint Rules in Mississippi

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

Side mirrors: Left and right side mirrors are not required unless your view from the windshield mirror is obstructed.

Certificates: Certification of tinted film by manufacturers is required in Mississippi. Please contact your dealer to confirm if they are using certified film.

Stickers: In Mississippi, a label is to be affixed on the windshield of the vehicle certifying that all the windows of the vehicle are above 28% tint darkness.

Medical Exceptions: Mississippi provides medical exemptions for special tints. Please see Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws.

Color Rules Related to Window Tints in Mississippi

Your car or vehicle may be allowed to have a colored tint in your state. Some states have restrictions on the colors that can be used.

The state of Mississippi does not have any restrictions on colors for window tinting; any colored tints are allowed.

Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws in Mississippi

Exemptions for special window tints are provided for medical purposed in Mississippi.

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

The exemption is provided to an owner, operator, or a regular passenger with a physical condition or disease that is seriously aggravated by minimum exposure to sunlight.

An application needs to be submitted that must contain a certification by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the state.

The certificate of medical exemption from the Commissioner of Public Safety and signed by a person with the medical need must be present in the vehicle at all times.

The exemption must be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle.

The application is not available online. Please contact the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to obtain the form.

Penalty for Breaking Mississippi Window Tinting Laws

Failure to comply with the above laws will result in a fine of up to $1000, or imprisonment in county jail up to 3 months, or both.

Summary

These are the laws for window tint films for vehicles to be followed in the state of Mississippi.

Please do not hesitate to post comments or questions down below or email us.

Motor vehicle laws change frequently, and while we constantly update our articles, we encourage you to contact your state police or department of transportation for further inquiries.

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Carol Green

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