New Jersey Window Tint Laws Today, Exceptions & Penalties

In Brief: New Jersey Window Tint Laws

In New Jersey, for sedans, SUVs, and vans, on the windshield, no tint is allowed on the windshield and the front side windows. The backside and rear side windows may have any tint darkness. A reflective tint is not allowed. The state provides medical exemptions. For more details, please check out the article below.

Altering the windows of your car windows with tinted film reduces the intensity of sunlight and other lights entering your vehicle, protecting you from glare and heat.

The tint also lowers visibility, and provides security for various reasons.

The motor window tinting laws were enacted in New Jersey in 2003. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) regulates these laws.

In this article, we offer the latest window tint laws for cars in New Jersey.

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

New Jersey Window Tinting Laws

Window tint application for passenger and multipurpose vehicles (MPVs) is given for various purposes such as protection from the sun, medical conditions, and privacy.

The Visible Light Transmission is the amount of tint darkness the car windows can have. It is defined as the percentage of light that a tint film permits to go 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 through your film and glass in New Jersey depends on the type of the car, be it a passenger or a multipurpose vehicle.

Tint Darkness for Sedans

The following are the tint darkness laws for sedans in New Jersey.

Windshield: No tint is allowed on the windshield.
Front Side Windows: No tint is allowed on the front side window in the state.
Rear Windows: Any tint darkness can be used for these windows.
Back Side Windows: Any tint darkness can be used for these windows.

Tint Darkness for SUVs and vans

The following are the tint darkness laws for SUVs and vans in New Jersey.

Windshield: No tint is allowed on the windshield.
Front Side Windows: No tint is allowed on the front side window in the state.
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 New Jersey

A reflective tint customization on your window reflects back the environmental 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 New Jersey.

Front Side Windows: The window tints must not be mirrored or reflective.
Back Side Windows: The window tints must not be mirrored or reflective.

Tint Reflections for SUVs and vans

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

Front Side Windows: The window tints must not be mirrored or reflective.
Back Side Windows: The window tints must not be mirrored or reflective.

Other Window Tint Rules in New Jersey

Please note additional rules in New Jersey for cars regarding 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 Jersey.
Stickers: In New Jersey, any sticker to identify certified tinting is not required.
Medical Exceptions: New Jersey provides medical exemptions for special tints. Please see Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws.

Color Rules Related to Window Tints in New Jersey

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

The state of New Jersey does not explicitly restrict any colors. You can use any colored tint for your windows.

Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws in New Jersey

If you have a medical condition, you can apply for an exemption 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 and cannot be alleviated by sunglasses or shielding clothing in many states.

The operator of the vehicle or a habitual passenger must get their certification from a certified ophthalmologist or a physician with a plenary license to practice medicine and surgery in NJ or a bordering state.

The exempted tint can be applied to the windshield above AS-1 line and the front side windows.

The medical conditions that are applicable for the exemption involve ophthalmic or dermatological photosensitivity: polymorphous light eruption, persistent light reactivity, actinic reticuloid, porphyrins, solar urticaria, lupus erythematosus, and other conditions the director shall determine (the application form requests specific spectra or wavelength if dermatological reason.).

A medical exemption certificate must be in possession of the driver or operator.

The application must be renewed on the sale or end of lease of the vehicle and every four (04) years.

Penalty for Breaking New Jersey Window Tinting Laws

Failure to comply with the above laws will result in the person charged with a maximum $1,000 fine for first offense and $5,000 for second or subsequent offenses.

Summary

We have provided the guidelines for window tints in the state of New Jersey.

Comments or questions?

Please leave them down below or email us. While we keep our articles updated as per any amendments, we encourage you to communicate with your state department of transportation or the Department of Motor Vehicles for more information.

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