New Hampshire Window Tint Laws – Exceptions & Penalty [2021]

In Brief: New Hampshire Window Tint Laws

In New Hampshire, for sedans, SUVs, and vans, on the windshield, Non-reflective tint of 35% VLT is allowed on the top six inches of the windshield. The front side windows should not have any tint. The back side and rear side windows must have minimum 35% tint darkness. For more information, please check out the article below.

Window sunscreening or tinting for your car windows reduces sunlight and other lights incoming your car, protecting you from the negative effects of sun rays.

The tint also reduces visibility from outsiders, hence there are some limitations on the level of tint permitted.

The motor window tinting laws were enacted in New Hampshire in 1997. The New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) provides guidance and regulates these laws.

In this article, we offer the latest window tint laws for cars in New Hampshire (NH).

This article is based on the latest guidelines and matches the authorities’ policies at the New Hampshire DMV and the International Window Film Association in March 2020.

New Hampshire Window Tinting Laws

Window tints provide sun protection for all kinds of cars. Additionally, they are used for protection due to medical conditions, and privacy.

The Visible Light Transmission, abbreviated VLT, is defined as the amount of tint darkness the car windows can have, measured in percentage.

A VLT for a car is the percentage of light that a tint film can allow to enter the vehicle. A higher VLT permits more light to pass through, while a lower VLT permits a lesser amount of light.

The percentage of light allowed by law through your window in New Hampshire is determined by the type of the car, be it a passenger or a multipurpose vehicle (MPV).

Tint Darkness for Sedans

Here are the tint darkness laws for sedans in New Hampshire.

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint of minimum 35% VLT is allowed on the top six (06) inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side Windows: No tint should be applied to the front side windows.
  • Rear Windows: Minimum 35% of the outside light must be allowed inside. In other words, the windows are allowed up to 35% VLT or tint darkness.
  • Back Side Windows: Minimum 35% of the outside light must be allowed inside.

Tint Darkness for SUVs and vans

Following are the tint darkness laws for SUVs and vans in New Hampshire.

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint of minimum 35% VLT is allowed on the top six (06) inches of the windshield.
  • Front Side Windows: No tint should be applied to the front side windows.
  • Rear Windows: Minimum 35% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
  • Back Side Windows: Minimum 35% of the outside light must be allowed inside.

Windows Tint Reflection Laws in New Hampshire

A reflective tint on your window shines back the environmental light entering 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 New Hampshire.

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 New Hampshire.

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 New Hampshire

Please consider the additional rules in New Hampshire for passenger vehicles and MPVs about the manufacturer’s certificate, labels to identify legal exceptions, medical exemptions, and so on.

  • Side mirrors: Dual left and right side mirrors are required if the back side windows are tinted.
  • Certificates: Certification of the tinted film by manufacturers is not required in New Hampshire.
  • Stickers: In New Hampshire, any sticker to identify certified tinting is recommended but not required.
  • Medical Exceptions: New Hampshire provides medical exemptions for special tints. Please see Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws.

Color Rules Related to Window Tints in New Hampshire

You can personalize your window with a colored tint. Some states may not allow all or some tint colors.

The state of New Hampshire does not explicitly restrict any colors for tints.

Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws in New Hampshire

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

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

In New Hampshire, a driver or regular front-seat passenger with medical reasons such as extreme intolerance to light, allergic reactions to the sun, melanoma, lupus, porphyria, or any other medical condition which is aggravated by exposure to the sun may apply for an exemption.

The windshield or windows to the left and right of the driver are applicable for the exemption. The light transmittance must not go below 35%.

A certification by a medical doctor (with an MD or DO) must be included in the application. No fees are required. The exemption must be renewed every two years.

Penalty for Breaking New Hampshire Window Tinting Laws

Failure to comply with the above laws will result in the person being guilty of a non-moving traffic violation.

Summary

This article provides the guidelines for window tints in the state of New Hampshire.

If you would like to provide comments or have any queries, please leave 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 transportation or Department of Motor Vehicles for more information.

Check other State’s window tint laws here>

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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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