New Mexico Window Tint Laws With Exceptions / Penalties [2021]

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In Brief: New Mexico Window Tint Laws

In New Mexico, for sedans, SUVs, and vans, on the windshield, Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line or five (05) inches from the top of the windshield. The front side windows must have minimum 20% tint darkness. The back side and rear side windows of sedans must have minimum 20% tint darkness while those in SUVs and vans may have any darkness. For more information, please check out the article below.

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

The tint also reduces visibility from outsiders, and provides security in legal cases.

The motor window tinting laws were enacted in New Mexico in 1997. The New Mexico State Legislature provides guidance and regulates these laws.

In this article, we offer the latest window tint laws for cars in New Mexico (NM), USA.

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

New Mexico 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, or VLT, is the amount of tint darkness the car windows can have, measured in percentage.

It is defined as the percentage of light that a tint film can allow 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 by law through your window in New Mexico is determined by 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 Mexico.

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line of the windshield or five (05) inches from the top of the windshield if the AS-1 line is not present. 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 20% of the outside light must be allowed inside. In other words, the windows are allowed up to 20% VLT or tint darkness.
  • Rear Windows: Minimum 20% of the outside light must be allowed inside.
  • Back Side Windows: Minimum 20% 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 New Mexico.

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line of the windshield or five (05) inches from the top of the windshield if the AS-1 line is not present.
  • Front Side Windows: Minimum 20% 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 New Mexico

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 Mexico.

Front Side Windows: The windows must not have any reflection.
Back Side Windows: The windows must not have any reflection.

Tint Reflections for SUVs and vans

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

Front Side Windows: The windows must not have any reflection.
Back Side Windows: The windows must not have any reflection.

Other Window Tint Rules in New Mexico

Please consider the additional rules in New Mexico 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 required in New Mexico. The manufacturer must certify to the division that a sun screening material used by that them is in compliance with the nonreflectivity and light transmission requirements of state laws.

Stickers: In New Mexico, a sticker to identify certified tinting is required in the lower left corner between the tint film and glass of every window. The label must contain the manufacturer’s name, the date that the sun screening material was manufactured, and the percentage of light transmission.

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

Color Rules Related to Window Tints in New Mexico

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

The state of New Mexico restricts the colors RED, AMBER, and YELLOW as tints. Other colors are allowed.

Exceptions to Window Tinting Laws in New Mexico

If you have a medical condition that makes you sensitive to sunlight, you can apply for an exemption in many states of US 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 Mexico, a vehicle owner or a vehicle owner’s dependent can apply for permission for an exemption if they have a physical condition that makes it necessary to equip the vehicle with sun screening material with a VLT unspecified in the legislature.

A certification by a physician or optometrist licensed to practice in the state is required and an affidavit by them must be in possession of the person with the condition or the legal guardian, in the vehicle.

Penalty for Breaking New Mexico Window Tinting Laws

Failure to comply with the above laws will result in the person charged with a penalty assessment misdemeanor and upon conviction be charged with a fine of $75.

Summary

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

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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